In the fall of 2004, University Housing & Dining partnered with Educational Benchmarking Inc. (EBI) to conduct our first on-line assessment of student satisfaction in the residence halls. This is our “How are we doing?” survey which asks questions that fall into 19 areas, ranging from Food Services to Satisfaction with Fellow Residents to Safety/Security.
This year’s survey at the University of Iowa will be administered electronically to every student living the residence halls. A total of 5,800 invitations to participate were sent on November 29. The survey will conclude on December 15. Four reminders and links will be sent out during the period to give students ample time to answer the questions at their convenience. If you accidentally delete your invitation or reminder, contact your RA and another one will be sent to you.
What you tell us will make a difference in how the residence halls are operated. Based on past surveys conducted, University Housing & Dining has extended our serving hours in the dining halls, we have responded to concerns about the temperature in residence hall rooms, we have expanded our residence hall recycling program, we added healthier food options to the dining menu, and we changed the entire way we conduct programming in the residence halls based on EBI student feedback, to name a few changes.
The data we collect will allow us to compare our responses to other institutions. Six institutions are selected each year to be Iowa’s “peer group”. The results will also compare us to 60-70 other institutions which are similar in size and type to the UI, as well as comparing us to all 300 responding institutions.
And here is the best part: every student who completes this survey will be entered in a random drawing for 21 different prizes. This year’s prizes are $25 IMU Bookstore gift certificates and $25 bonus packages of Hawkeye Dollars to be placed directly on the student’s university account. There is also one “group prize” for the floor with the highest percentage survey return rate.
If you only fill out one survey this year, please choose the EBI Resident Satisfaction Survey! Your feedback is important to us.