As the University looks for the "student perspective" on campus issues it turns to UBListens , UB’s Institutional Research Program designed to capture the “voice” of all members of the UB community, including faculty, staff, and students, via surveys and focus groups. Since UBListens was launched in 2006, we have been involved in conducting a variety of standard and locally-developed surveys, assisting faculty and staff with survey creation, design, and administration, and sharing results with the university community.
One of OIAs strongest and most productive collaborations has been with the Division of Student Affairs. In addition to collaborating on the design and administration of student surveys, these two offices coordinated the UB Advocates Program (2006-2010), a standing panel of engaged students who met regularly to discuss current affairs at the University and share their “student voice” with University administrators. Perhaps the most visible impact of UB Advocates was the choice of redesign options on order to convert open, static campus spaces into dynamic learning spaces with furniture and technology appropriate for student learning and collaboration outside of the traditional classroom setting.
Help with conducting a survey
If you are interested in conducting a survey or focus group to gather opinions from University students, faculty or staff, let us know! Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org . We can help with survey and focus group design, administration, and analysis. Many of our surveys are administrated using Baseline from Campuslabs, a hosted survey platform.
In addition, we are pleased to offer the newly created Survey Clearinghouse for survey activity at the University. With this clearinghouse, not only can members of the university community see what surveys are happening at UB and when, but faculty, staff, and students can register their surveys, allowing them to appear on the calendar. This clearinghouse facilitates the survey scheduling process and encourages collaboration on survey efforts, potentially reducing “survey fatigue.”
Access to the Survey Clearinghouse is available to all UB faculty and staff. Simply login using your UBIT username prefixed with 'ad\' ('ad\'+[UBIT username] and password) .
To let other faculty and staff know about your survey, please
enter your information here .
Division of Student Affairs along with the Office of Institutional Analysis have both used a survey platform from Campus Labs called Baseline for several years. New features for Fall 2014 include:
· NEW LOGIN page – UB is piloting a new user sign-in process. You will still go to http://buffalo.campuslabs.com to login using your UBIT username and password. The change will be on the landing page once you sign-in. Campus Labs is switching to a centralized page so people who have access to multiple tools (e.g., Baseline, CollegiateLink, Course Evals, Compliance Assist) will log in once and be able to select which tool they want to use.
· NEW Student Response tool – If you have an existing Baseline account you now see a blue bar announcing a new student response tool when you log in. This tool is designed to be like a clicker system used in classrooms without the need for physical clicker hardware (it runs off from a free app and/or website), so it works well if you want to do quick assessments in a classroom setting or in a workshop setting where you have students you see repeatedly and want to get instructor feedback.
· NEW Rubrics Tool – Coming soon will be an updated and more functional rubrics tool.
Survey Instruments displays the actual data collection devices used to capture data upon which decision-support analyses are based.