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Senate Seeks Student Opinion Through Surveys
by Emmeline Elliott
February 23, 2006
Student government wants to delve deep into the minds of its constituents.
Two surveys from the Minnesota State Student Association are to be given to students no later than next week.
A student attitude/opinion poll will be administered using Zoomerang, an online survey tool subscribed to by Minnesota State, said MSSA Vice President Mike Bruner, who proposed the survey last semester. Bruner said he hopes the survey will be e-mailed to students this week.
Bruner said he chose an e-mail survey because it is “the only surefire way to get it to every student” and expects a quarter of the student population to respond.
The MSSA Cultural Diversity Committee will distribute a acampus climate survey on paper late this week or early next week.
Committee member Brandon Ross said the campus climate survey last year, which was produced by an outside party contracted by the school, was biased and the committee “thought we could better serve the students by doing our own survey.”
Committee member Matt Ward said the survey would be given on paper so the survey is carried out strictly by students, unlike the administrative approval that is needed with electronic surveys.
Ward and Ross asked student senators at the Wednesday MSSA meeting to help furnish surveys to students, staff and faculty “to get a representative sample from all facets of the university” and will also make the survey available at a table on the first floor in the Centennial Student Union.
Results from the surveys should be ready in a few weeks, said Bruner and Ward, and will be made public.