In the fall of 1999, the Task Force sent out a survey to all current Lawrence students, soliciting their opinions on a number of residence life issues. The survey was only one element in a year-long information gathering exercise that involved current students, faculty and staff, alumni, and members of the Board of Trustees. In addition to the survey, the Task Force interviewed individual students, small groups of students, and representatives of campus organizations, spoke with faculty, staff, and Trustees, and held several open forums, including a series of listening sessions with alumni. All of this input will be used by the Task Force in formulating its final recommendations for consideration by the Board of Trustees in October 2000. The survey is but one of many instruments the Task Force has used to inform its thinking.

The Task Force views the survey as providing a useful "snapshot" of student perceptions of residential life at the college and of student preferences for some of the different options the Task Force is considering. As with any survey or opinion poll, the survey results should be interpreted with some caution. Because students chose whether to complete the survey, the resulting data constitutes a "sample of convenience" and therefore does not necessarily represent opinions held by the entire student body. The Task Force's intent in conducting the survey was not to obtain a simple vote on matters of housing, food service, or campus life at Lawrence but rather to provide structure for some of the input the Task Force has received and to ensure broader student participation in the process beyond the open forums and interviews. With a survey response of 604, this "snapshot" represents the thinking of just over half the students in residence at Lawrence.

Among the findings from the survey that are of particular interest to the Task Force at this point in its work, are the following.

Food Service

Housing

Campus and Student Life

Results of the Survey of Student Opinion on Residential Life

All numbers in these tables are percentages. Totals are not always 100 because of missing or invalid data. There were 604 respondents total.

DEMOGRAPHICS

Class year

freshman

30.3

sophomore

28.5

junior

19.4

senior

19

super-senior

2.8

Gender

male

38.6

female

61.3

Affiliation

independent

82.1

Greek

16.9

Residence

residence hall

83.4

theme house

3

small house

6

fraternity

6.1

co-op

0.7

off-campus

0.8

FOOD SERVICE

Rating of Food Service Venues
1=excellent, 2=good, 3=fair, 4=poor, 5=unacceptable.

Quality of food

 

1

2

3

4

5

Downer

1.2

16.4

54.5

23.2

3.3

Lucinda's

9.1

50

27.5

9.5

1.8

Grill

3.9

46.5

39.3

9.3

1.2

Fraternity

31

36.6

17.6

0.2

5.6

Co-op

64.3

21.4

4.8

2.4

7.1

Variety of food

 

1

2

3

4

5

Downer

6.6

29

38.4

22.4

3.4

Lucinda's

4

24

41.3

27.6

3.1

Grill

9.1

31

39.4

18.5

2

Fraternity

22.8

30.7

22.8

17.5

6.1

Co-op

64.5

9.7

12.9

3.2

9.7

Attractiveness

 

1

2

3

4

5

Downer

2.8

23.5

42.5

25.2

2.6

Lucinda's

37.1

42

10.4

5.7

4.7

Grill

3.5

37.6

43.8

13.2

1.9

Fraternity

5.7

21.3

42.6

27

3.3

Co-op

36.1

22.2

22.2

8.3

11.1

Convenience of hours

 

1

2

3

4

5

Downer

8.3

36.3

29.5

21.6

4

Lucinda's

3.7

16.6

32.6

38

9.1

Grill

24.4

44.2

16.5

9.3

5.6

Fraternity

58.3

11.5

8.3

6.3

15.6

Co-op

50

14.3

10.7

7.1

17.9

General opinion of food service
1=agree strongly, 2=agree somewhat, 3=disagree somewhat, 4=disagree strongly.

 

1

2

3

4

The food service satisfies my needs.

10.7

49.7

23.5

16.2

There are enough meal plan options.

8.6

35.1

26.9

29.2

The meal plans are reasonably priced.

1.8

21.5

36.3

40.5

There should be greater flexibility.

69

26.3

4.3

0.3

Dining at Lawrence is a positive experience.

8.1

48.9

32.5

10.6

Socializing at meal times is important to me.

63.3

30.2

5.2

1.2

There should be more socializing with faculty and staff at meals.

22

58.2

16.6

3.1

There should be better equipped kitchens for students to use.

61.1

33.1

5.2

0.6

I would choose a declining balance/debit card meal plan option.

72

22.6

3.8

1.5

What is a reasonable price for dinner at Lawrence?

less than $3

$3-4.99

$5.00-6.99

$7.00-8.99

more than $9

2.9

46.8

47.3

3.1

0

On average, how many meals do you eat off campus per week?

none

1-3

4-6

7-9

10 or more

10.9

59.1

20.2

5.7

4.2


HOUSING

Rating of current housing options
1=highly desirable, 2=somewhat desirable, 3=somewhat undesirable, 4=highly undesirable.

 

1

2

3

4

double room in residence hall

13.3

56.6

24.8

5.3

suite/quad

57.4

33.9

6.4

2.3

single room in residence hall

55.9

36.3

6.7

1.2

small house (not a theme house)

62

0.2

31.3

6

theme house

35.4

50.3

12.2

2.1

fraternity house

21.9

28.7

20.2

29.3

block in a residence hall

19.8

56.8

17.6

5.8

Importance of Lawrence setting aside special housing for various purposes
1=essential, 2=very important, 3=somewhat important, 4=not important.

 

1

2

3

4

theme floors or houses

11.3

19.6

42.4

26.7

foreign language floors or houses

7.1

18.7

38.8

35.4

other academic floors or houses

4.3

14.8

46.2

34.7

co-op living

15.7

24.6

41.7

18

Greek societies

17.8

16.2

28.9

37

groups with shared community service goals

7.1

21.4

51.2

20.3

non-Greek social groups

11.7

20.2

43.6

24.6

quiet floors or houses

19.6

24.7

36.5

19.2

substance-free floors or houses

35

22.8

22.3

20

smoke-free floors or houses

50.4

23.4

15.8

10.4

pet-free floors or houses

13.8

17.2

24.9

44.1

Rating of the housing experience at Lawrence
1=excellent, 2=good, 3=fair, 4=poor, 5=unacceptable.

 

1

2

3

4

5

range of housing options

7.8

36.5

36.4

15.2

4.1

room allocation

3

26.3

40.1

20.8

9.7

availability of single rooms for women

4.1

19.6

38.6

28.8

8.9

availability of single rooms for men

2.2

19

37.2

31.4

10.2

overall quality of housing

3

42.7

44.4

7.7

2.2

How should housing be allocated?
1=agree strongly, 2=agree somewhat, 3=disagree somewhat, 4=disagree strongly.

 

1

2

3

4

lottery by class year

47.9

42

6.7

3.4

random lottery

2.6

9.2

17.6

70.5

gpa

2.9

18

19.8

59.3

combination of credits and gpa

12.4

20.1

17.9

49.7

Rating prospective changes in housing
1=essential, 2=very important, 3=somewhat important, 4=not important.

 

1

2

3

4

convert existing residence hall to suites

10.1

27.5

41

21.4

increase number of single rooms

19.5

35.7

28.2

16.5

increase number of small houses

20.1

34

28.6

17.3

increase number of theme houses

10.4

18.8

36.1

65.3

add sorority housing

13.4

16.6

25.5

44.5

build new apartments

32.1

33.6

23.1

11.2

expand opportunities for co-op living

19

24.7

36.8

19.6


CAMPUS AND STUDENT LIFE

Rating of social life and campus organizations generally
1=excellent, 2=good, 3=fair, 4=poor, 5=unacceptable.

 

1

2

3

4

5

social life

26.8

50.5

18.1

3.5

1

variety of organizations

34.3

46.6

16

2.9

0.2

facilities for organizations

16.7

41.8

30.5

9.1

1.8

funding for organizations

9.4

33.1

41.8

11.3

4.5

The importance of various facilities in the proposed new student union
1=essential, 2=very important, 3=somewhat important, 4=not important.

 

1

2

3

4

coffeehouse

47.4

29.9

17.9

4.6

lounge/commons

51.5

32.4

14.4

1.5

grill/snack bar

62

29

7.6

1.3

campus pub (VR)

36.5

20.4

23.3

19.8

game room

17.4

22.7

38.5

21.4

centralized information area

37.1

34.7

24.7

3.4

kitchen/dining space

16.5

29.5

41.5

12.3

performance/program space

40.3

39.3

16.4

4

food vending

26.9

29.2

31.7

12.2

bookstore

49.7

31.7

14.4

4.2

quiet room

20.6

27.7

31.5

20.2

art gallery

23.6

31.4

32.8

12.2

computer lab

39

27.3

21

12.5

meeting space

36.5

40.8

20.8

1.9

offices for organizations

22.7

31.7

37.1

8.3

ceremonial/ritual space

10.9

20.2

36.2

32.6

storage for organizational use

18.5

29.9

38.6

13.1

24-hour study lounge

43.5

31

17.2

8.3

centralized mailboxes

11.6

10.3

19.5

58.6

post office

37.8

34.1

22.1

5.8

Hours spent in various activities per week

 

none

1

1-2

3-5

6-10

11-15

16-20

21+

studying

0

0.2

0.7

5.6

18

21.8

23.6

30

socializing

0

0.5

2.2

14.5

29.3

26.4

12

15.2

exercise

8.6

15.3

17.5

24.1

11.4

12.5

5.7

4.5

on-campus employment

29

2

6

17.3

27

11.1

7

0.3

off-campus employment

81.7

1

2.9

3.5

6.4

1.8

1.8

0.8

partying

16.2

17.9

23

27.6

13

2

0.2

0

academic/cultural events

2.5

10

46.3

35.1

5.5

0.5

0.2

0

TV/videos/games

22.9

25.1

23.5

18.6

6.7

2.2

0.3

0.7

residence life activities

21.5

31.3

37.4

8.1

1.4

0

0.2

0

participating in organizations

15.4

11.7

26.4

29.2

11.8

4.7

0.5

0.3

total time off-campus

9.9

20.1

31.3

20.9

9.2

3.1

1.5

3.9

Where students study

 

never

occasionally

frequently

my room

3.8

32.4

63.8

a friend's room

48.7

43.2

8

lounge in residence hall

37.4

50.3

12.3

library

13.9

43.7

42.5

lounge in academic building

52.5

38.4

9.1

classroom, lab, studio, or practice room

42.1

28.8

29.1

the Union

75

21.3

3.7

computer lab

50.3

41.3

8.3

gym or rec center

94.5

4.7

0.8

outdoors

37.3

56.6

6.2

off-campus

68.7

28.2

3.2

Where students spend leisure time

 

never

occasionally

frequently

my room

2.3

42.8

54.9

a friend's room

2.2

36.9

61

lounge in residence hall

43.6

43.4

13

library

72.9

24.8

2.3

lounge in academic building

77.1

20.3

2.7

classroom, lab, studio, or practice room

73.3

20.6

6.2

the Union

18.5

66.2

15.3

computer lab

55.2

40.1

4.7

gym or rec center

32.7

54.2

13.1

outdoors

6.3

56.1

37.5

off-campus in Appleton

17.3

65.8

16.9

out of town

36.7

53.4

9.8

Summary observations
1=agree strongly, 2=agree somewhat, 3=disagree somewhat, 4=disagree strongly.

 

1

2

3

4

participation in organizations is very important to me

52.2

35.5

8.6

3.6

overall, my out of class experience enhances my life at Lawrence

76.8

19.6

2.2

1.3