The information students provide us on surveys and feedback forms is invaluable. We care what you think and want to help make the most of your Marquette experience. There are a number of important surveys out this semester. Maybe you just completed one. When you get that invitation to participate, we hope you’ll consider taking part. When you say it, we listen!
What does Marquette do with all that information from the surveys I complete?
Departments in the Division of Student Affairs and other co-curricular units collect information regularly and use it to make improvements to programs and services. Some of the many ways we've listened to the feedback students and parents have given us are as follows:
- Incoming students reported they wanted more individualized support in choosing classes and registering for their first semester at Marquette. Beginning in 2017, incoming first-year students will receive advising and register for classes on campus during Preview.
- Dance groups requested improvement of the wood floor at the Weasler Auditorium because it was not level. The flooring was sanded smooth and stained over this past winter break (2015–2016 academic year).
- With several requests for more options and flexibility in lighting in the ballroom (i.e. a moving spotlight on a speaker/performer specifically requested by our cultural shows and performances), the AMU purchased new light fixtures and a lighting board for the ballrooms in the summer of 2015.
- Driven by a request through sustainability initiatives, the AMU installed a sustainable water fountain (spout to fill up water bottles) outside Marquette Place in the AMU second floor at the end of the 2014–2015 academic year.
- Due to the increase in wireless devices that resulted in a greater need for charging those items, the AMU responded to the request for additional outlets by installing new outlets in the Commuter Lounge, second floor lobby, Marquette Place, Weasler Auditorium, and Westtowne.
- MUSG approved a reserve fund allocation of $11,000 to install mirrors and a water bottle refilling station in the Humphrey Hall and Campus East practice spaces.
- In a recent Parent Chat, a question about off-campus security was raised. MUPD reported that there is a plan to increase the number of security cameras both on campus and in the MUPD patrol area.
- Rec Center and Rec Plex patrons gave feedback that the basketball courts needed to be cleaned more often during the day, so Recreation Sports added three days of wet mopping during the early afternoons on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
- 84% of students engaged in counseling at the Counseling Center made progress in addressing their concerns; nearly half of student reported significantly reduced levels of distress as a result of counseling. (2014-2015 Counseling Center Termination Data Forms and CCAPS survey results).
- Nearly 1 in 4 students reported feeling uncomfortable with Marquette’s climate. (2015 MU Climate Study).
- 19% of students experienced exclusionary, intimidating, offensive, and/or hostile conduct at Marquette; 34% of student observed exclusionary, intimidating, offensive, and/or hostile conduct at Marquette (2015 Climate Study).
Want to know more? Executive summary reports from some of the larger surveys can be found on our assessment reports page. If you’d like to know how a specific department uses information from students in making decisions, contact any member of the Student Affairs Assessment Team.
What about assessing the effectiveness of my major and academic experiences?
The faculty for every major at Marquette have articulated a set of goals they have for what students will learn through their courses (called “learning outcomes” for short). You can visit the Assessment at Marquette website and scroll through the academic units to find your major and see the learning outcomes, plans for how the faculty will measure and assess their program, and highlights and reports from the past three years that detail what the faculty have learned through their assessment process and the improvement actions they’re taking.
Are there other data about students that are collected and reported?
The Office of Institutional Research and Analysis collects, analyzes and reports information from a variety of different sources to Marquette stakeholders (students, parents, faculty and staff, trustees, external accreditors, etc.). Their website contains reports and statistics from student surveys, student enrollment, retention and graduation rates, freshmen demographic information, and the data sets collected for the U.S. government. OIRA is also responsible for the online course evaluations you complete each semester, which help instructors and departments improve their teaching and the quality of the courses you take.