May 17, 2018
|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, email@example.com) or Survey Research Analyst Christopher Seaman (x2730, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Thank you for your support. I appreciate your assistance.