Academic Experience Survey to Change How MASU Does Advocacy
SACKVILLE, NB — On Thursday, February 19th, 2015, the Mount Allison Students’ Union (MASU) will launch its first annual Academic Experience Survey in an email to all members, accepting submissions for a two-week period. The survey will equip MASU with the ability to widely solicit feedback about what issues matter most to its members, while the results will significantly improve the quality of its advocacy by providing advocates with hard data to support their lobbying efforts.
“The survey is comprehensive enough that every portfolio and staff member who works for our organization will be able to learn valuable information to improve the way they do their jobs,” says Steven Black, MASU Vice-President, Academic Affairs. “We hope this will be the start of a very exciting new chapter for our organization in terms of stronger advocacy and evidence-based policy development.”
The 2013-2014 Vice-President, Academic Affairs, Ryan Harley, initiated the Academic Experience Survey project after attending the Student Union Development Summit (SUDS) in the summer of 2013, hosted annually by the Alma Mater Society (AMS) at the University of British Columbia (UBC), where the AMS at UBC had successfully launched a similar survey project.
The Students’ Administrative Council (SAC) struck the Ad-Hoc Committee on Shaping an Academic Experience Survey, chaired by Kyle Nimmrichter, 2014 Vice-President, Academic Affairs, which included the six student senators and a selection of students from a variety of faculties and programs responsible for question design.
The survey was designed in collaboration with the data collection professionals at Common Metric, a Vancouver-based company specializing in survey solutions for student associations, who will also be analyzing the survey results for publication. This survey analysis, combined with the Office of the Policy, Research, and Archiving Officer (PRAO), will serve as a revolutionary new resource for MASU advocacy.
“This annual, uniform survey will be able to track student satisfaction with different aspects of university life over an extended period of time, indicating what has improved and what still needs to be addressed,” adds Heather Webster, MASU President. “It is a new way for members to provide feedback on everything from their experience in the classroom, to interactions with support services, to how prepared they feel to graduate—allowing MASU to hear from and meet its members’ needs like never before.”
The Mount Allison Students’ Union represents the best interests of all full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick.
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