2005-2006 Environmental Assessment Survey

Executive Summary:

Jean Chen
Carmen Williams
Yevhen Holubnyak
Office of Institutional Research
January 5, 2006

The Environmental Assessment Survey (EAS) is designed to assess biannually the demographic characteristics of the students living in the residential halls at the University of North Dakota as well as their satisfaction towards housing staff, maintenance and custodial staff, policies and procedures, facilities, dinning services, programming, and hall government. Surveys were conducted previously in the fall of the years 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, and 2003.

In the fall of 2005, the Office of Institutional Research conducted the 2005-2006 Environmental Assessment Survey at the request of the Housing Office. A total of 1,500 University of North Dakota students (830 male and 670 female students; male to female ratio is 55.3% to 44.7%) who lived in the fourteen residence halls (Johnstone and Fulton are combined for analysis purpose) were selected randomly from a total residence hall population of 2,939 (1,625 male and 1,314 female students; male to female ratio is 55.3% to 44.7%).

This is the second time a specific website along with an online survey in 5 sections (Section-I, Section-II, Section-III, Section-IV, and Section-V) was developed and facilitated for use with our resident students. An invitation letter with an explanation of the survey procedures was electronically mailed to all 1,500 sampled students on October 11, 2005. A specific password was assigned to each respondent to ensure access to the sampled resident only. All participants were asked to enter their assigned password to start their response in each individual survey section. To encourage residents' participation to the survey, housing administrators also allocated some funding for participants in receiving incentive prizes through drawing.

Five follow-up mailings to the survey announcement were sent to non-respondents electronically to promote participation and to make the results as representative as possible. The final reminder was sent to non-respondents on November 28, 2005. Throughout the 8-week survey administration period, the data was entered by the sampled students through the web survey submission and stored on the web server hosted by the College of Business and Public Administration. On December 5, 2005, the data was collected from the server and then transformed into a usable databases, Excel and SPSS format.

A total of 567 (248 male, 316 female, and 3 did not report their gender) respondents participated in this survey. The overall response rate was nearly 38% (30% on male and 47% on female). This is higher than the previous survey with web option conducted in 2003. The response rates, however, differ substantially based on gender and location of residence. Comparing the respondents between 14 residence halls and between genders, a range of 19% (Brannon Hall) to 51% (Johnstone/Fulton Hall) of the male respondents in each hall responded to the survey while 20% (Hancock Hall) to 54% (Johnstone/Fulton Hall) of the female respondents of each hall responded.

All respondents resided in one of the 14 residence halls. In this report, three complexes (Johnstone, Walsh, and Wilkerson) and three dining centers (Squires, Terrace, and Wilkerson) are also included as two additional categories used to compare students' opinions. If you are interested in learning more about this study or the results, please contact Cindy Spencer, Director of Residence Life and Education at 701-777-4297 or email her at cindyspencer@mail.und.nodak.edu.

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