2015 Graduate Student Experience Survey: An FAQ

When and how will the survey be sent out?

The survey will be launched May 1. It will be an online survey of master’s and doctoral students currently enrolled at the UO. We are using Qualtrics to disseminate the survey online. The survey will be available for just two weeks, through May 15.

What information will the survey collect?

The questions address many facets of students’ graduate experience, including the quality of their academic programs, advising and mentoring, program climate and intellectual community, adequacy of space and equipment, research and professional development, and questions about student life.

How are we protecting the identity of respondents?

Their participation will be fully confidential; names will not be attached to their responses. When we report data, we will take care to aggregate response categories so that individual students or groups of students will not be identifiable.

What will we do with the data? How widely and with whom will it be shared?

Once the data have been analyzed, we will discuss the results with faculty, department heads, deans, academic leaders, and graduate student groups.  Our goal is to use the survey information to help inform successful recruitment and retention strategies and to assess and improve the quality of graduate education.

Reports from the 2009 and 2012 surveys are available on the Graduate School website, accessible to anyone with an active DuckID. The 2015 reports will be similarly posted. http://gradschool.uoregon.edu/assessment/student-experience-survey

How long does the survey take to complete?

The survey should take no more than 15 minutes to complete.

What is the prize lottery?

At the end of the survey, the respondent is provided with a link to an entry form on the Graduate School website in which they may provide their contact information (name and UO email address). On Monday, May 18, the Graduate School will draw names from the list of those who've entered the lottery. 33 students will receive a prize.  

  • 20 students will each receive a gift card for $25;
  • 10 students will each receive a gift card for $50; and
  • Three students will each receive a prize of $100.

Prizes will be available for in-person pick-up between Tuesday, May 19 and Monday, May 25. Students attending remotely will have the option to pursue alternate arrangements.


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