May 17, 2018

To: Department Chairs
From: David Marshall, Executive Vice Chancellor
Re: University of California Undergraduate Experience Survey


Dear Department Chairs:

As you may be aware, the University of California is currently conducting its biennial University of California Undergraduate Experience Survey (UCUES). UCUES is a UC system-wide census online survey of undergraduates focused on academic engagement and the unique experience of being an undergraduate at a research universities. Our students answer questions about all aspects of their UCSB experience – academic and co-curricular involvement, as well as their interactions with their major departments.

I write today to request your assistance in conveying the importance of this survey to your students. At present, the response rate for UCSB students is roughly 13%, which is well below the final response rate we need to achieve. In order for our campus to get the most value from this survey, we would like to see a high proportion of our students participate. Having a larger number of responses will allow survey data to be disaggregated to the department level. UCUES has the potential to be used for departmental self-assessments and is a valuable resource for making decisions on crucial matters for our campus.

Attached is a template that you might find helpful. We urge you to compose an e-mail to your students encouraging them to participate in UCUES. Emailing students on your departmental e-mail distribution list will help to increase our response rate.

If you have any questions about UCUES, please contact Associate Director of Institutional Research Laurel Wilder (x2144, or Survey Research Analyst Christopher Seaman (x2730,

Thank you for your support. I appreciate your assistance.