Nov. 27, 2006
University Housing Scores High On College Housing Assessment
Students have given University of Iowa residence halls high marks in a recent national assessment of their on-campus living experience.
Educational Benchmarking Inc., in supporting partnership with the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International (ACUHO-I), created the Resident Assessment. A total of 266 colleges participated in 2006-07 and received responses from more than 330,000 students. The assessment provides both longitudinal and comparative results.
Students answered 81 questions organized into 15 factor areas designed to assess the total on-campus living experience.
Von Stange, director of University Housing, reports that the 2006 results show increased satisfaction in every factor area.
While Iowa Housing scored high in all factors, students said they were particularly satisfied in the areas of "safety and security," "floor or hall facilities" and "residence hall services."
The factor "floor or hall facilities" included questions regarding attitude and effectiveness of the custodial and maintenance staff, as well as computing, study, and laundry facilities. The factor "residence hall services" included five questions considering TV cable, phone, vending, postal and information desk services.
The UI also scored high in questions that covered residence hall life, including how staff supported student growth, leadership abilities and improved communication skills, and how residents respected differences of gender.
A confidentiality agreement with Educational Benchmarking prevents institutions from releasing specific scores and rankings. The survey was distributed electronically to about 5,500 residence hall students in November 2005 and 50 percent responded.
Stange said he was pleased with, though not surprised by, the survey results.
"I am very proud of the satisfaction students have with their experience in our residence halls, especially the outstanding scores our staff received," he said. "Our entire staff works hard to provide a positive living and learning environment for our residential students."
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