Northern Illinois University

Northern Today

NIU to survey campus climate

January 28, 2008

by Mark McGowan

NIU administrators want to know what students, faculty and staff think of the place where they live, learn and work.

We want your opinions!

As part of the Great Journeys strategic planning work, the university has commissioned an online survey that will take place from Feb. 11 through 24. Its goal is to create the most positive experience for everyone who has chosen NIU for an education.

Everyone, including undergraduates, graduate students, faculty and staff, will receive an e-mail through GroupWise with a direct link to the appropriate online survey. Staff without computers will have the opportunity to complete the survey in an NIU computer lab, just as they did for the state’s mandatory ethics training.

“We need to understand what our students think of their experiences here, and how they think key investments might improve that experience,” President John Peters said. “This survey is not mandatory, but I urge all of you to give us your honest input. When you find the survey invitation in your GroupWise e-mail, please participate.”

The university has contracted Noel-Levitz to conduct the voluntary survey, which takes about 20 minutes to complete.

Respondents will provide their level of interest and their level of satisfaction regarding nearly 100 statements about campus, covering everything from academics, financial aid and library resources to campus safety, parking spaces and the food available in residence hall cafeterias.

Graduate and non-traditional students will find many of the items geared to their unique situation, including the convenience of courses and advising services.

Faculty and staff will answer with their perceptions of how students regard the campus experience. This will provide a clear picture of where gaps exist between the ratings of those provide the services and those who receive them.

NIU will publish the results in the fall. Noel-Levitz can provide comparisons of NIU’s data with data collected from other colleges and universities, both regionally and nationally.

For more information, call (815) 753-0816.