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Spring Survey of SCSU students 2006. Statement of Methodology. The SCSU Survey is an ongoing survey research extension of the Social Science Research Institute in the College of Social Sciences at St. Cloud State University.

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Statement

of

Methodology




STUDENT SUPERVISING DIRECTOR Professor of Political Science), Dr. Steven Wagner (SCSU Professor of Political Science) and Dr. Michelle Kukoleca Hammes (SCSU Associate Professor of Political Science).

  • Ms. Sara Lohrman, 3rd Year Student, Political Science Major, Public Administration minor, Willmar, Minnesota.

    STUDENT TECHNICAL CONSULTANT

  • Mr. Jason Amunrud, 4th Year Student, Computer Science Major, Shoreview, Minnesota.


SURVEY LAB STUDENT DIRECTORS Professor of Political Science), Dr. Steven Wagner (SCSU Professor of Political Science) and Dr. Michelle Kukoleca Hammes (SCSU Associate Professor of Political Science).

  • Ms. Ngoc Phan, 4th Year Student, Political Science Major, Sociology Minor, St. Cloud, Minnesota

  • Ms. Nicole Severson, 4th Year Student, Public Administration Major, Photo Journalism Minor, Sauk Rapids, Minnesota

  • Mr. Will Floersheim, 2nd Year Student, Political Science and Social Studies Education Major, Little Falls, Minnesota

  • Ms. Elizabeth Walters 4th Year student, Statistics Major, Spanish Minor  Burnsville, Minnesota

  • Mr. Mathew Bromelkap, 3rd Year student, Political Science Major, Maple Grove, Minnesota

  • Ms. Heather Schwebach, 3rd Year Student, Psychology Major, Management Minor, Lennox, South Dakota

  • Mr. Tim Ehlinger, 2nd Year Student, Social Studies Education with Emphasis in Sociology, Avon, Minessota

  • Ms. Jackie Swanson, 3rd Year Student, Political Science Major, International Relations minor, Brainerd, MN.

  • Ms. Brittany Speich, 3rd Year Student, Political Science and Public Relations, Bayport, MN.


Scsu survey lab
SCSU Survey Lab Professor of Political Science), Dr. Steven Wagner (SCSU Professor of Political Science) and Dr. Michelle Kukoleca Hammes (SCSU Associate Professor of Political Science).

  • The SCSU Survey performs its research in the form of telephone interviews. 

  • The SCSU Survey operates the CATI Lab in Stewart Hall 324.  The CATI Lab, which stands for Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing Lab, is equipped with 13 interviewer stations.

  • The SCSU Survey is licensed to use Sawtooth Software’s Ci3 Questionnaire Authoring Version 4.1, a state-of-the-art windows-based computer-assisted interviewing package.  This program allows us to develop virtually any type of questionnaire while at the same time programming edit and consistency checks and other quality control measures to insure the most valid data. 


  • Calls were made at various times during the week (Monday through Thursday, 4:30 to 9:30) and on Sunday afternoon and evening to maximize contacts and ensure equal opportunities to respond among various demographic groups.  The survey was administered from Sunday, April 2 through Tuesday, April 10.  


  • Several steps were taken to ensure that the telephone sample of SCSU students was representative of the larger student population.  The sample was drawn proportional to the currently enrolled student population by the Minnesota State College and University (MnSCU) Regional Center.  The sample was comprised of 1,600 currently enrolled students who had a telephone anywhere in the state of Minnesota. 


  • The calling system maintains full and detailed records, including the number of attempts made to each number and the disposition of each attempt.  In order to reach hard-to-get respondents each number was called up to ten times over different days and times and appointments made as necessary to interview the designated respondent at her/his convenience. Initial refusals were contacted and many were converted to completions.


  • The sample consists of 502 respondents. In samples of 502 interviews, the sample error due to sampling and other random effects is approximately plus/minus four percent at the 95 percent confidence level. This means that if one were to have drawn 20 samples of the student population and administered the same instrument it would be expected that the overall findings would be greater/lesser than four percent only one time in twenty.

  • When analysis is made of sub-samples such as respondents who live in university residence halls, or when the sample is broken down by variables such as gender, the sample error may be larger.



  • The cooperation rate of the survey was 81 percent.  Cooperation rate means that once we reached an eligible respondent, more than eight of ten respondents agreed to participate in the survey. 

  • The cooperation rate is determined by adding the number of completed interviews (502) to the total number of refusals (118) and dividing the number of completed interview (502) by the sum of the completions and refusals (620). 


Greatest challenge facing scsu pride direction

Greatest Challenge Facing SCSU, Pride & Direction Cooperation rate means that once we reached an eligible respondent, more than eight of ten respondents agreed to participate in the survey. 

Heather Schwebach



Biggest challenge for spring 2006 survey

Don’t know 27% Cloud State University Community?

Other 13%

Parking 13%

Tuition 11%

Substance abuse 8%

Diversity 6%

Overall reputation 3%

Image 2%

Advising 2%

St. Cloud community 2%

State financial support 1%

SCSU building surplus 1%

Apathy 1%

SCSU building surplus 1%

Buildings 1%

Civility 1%

Course major offerings 1%

Enrollment growth 1%

Facility quality 1%

Jobs for graduates 1%

Keeping up technology 1%

Sports reputation 1%

Student quality 1%

Biggest challenge for Spring 2006 Survey


Consistent challenges facing scsu
Consistent Challenges Facing SCSU Cloud State University Community?

Source: SCSU Spring Student Survey


Ranking of top 5 challenges facing scsu
Ranking of Top 5 Challenges Facing SCSU Cloud State University Community?

Source: SCSU Spring Student Survey, April 2001, 2002, 2006


Do you always, usually, sometimes, not very often or never feel proud to be a student at St. Cloud State University?


SCSU Pride feel proud to be a student at St. Cloud State University?

Source: SCSU Spring Student Survey 2006


SCSU Pride Compared to Past Years feel proud to be a student at St. Cloud State University?

Source: SCSU Spring Student Survey


Highlights
Highlights feel proud to be a student at St. Cloud State University?

  • More persons of color report always feeling proud to be SCSU students than Caucasians

    • Asians 50%

    • Hispanic 50%

    • African Americans 33%

    • Whites 35%

  • Males and females views do not differ, they are about the same

  • 48% of international students say they always feel proud to be students at SCSU



SCSU On the Right Track or Going the Wrong Direction SCSU is going in the wrong direction?

Source: SCSU Spring Student Survey


Highlights1
Highlights SCSU is going in the wrong direction?

  • No difference on and off campus students

  • No difference due to class standing

  • No difference between international & US students

  • No difference between

    males and females


Feeling thermometer
Feeling Thermometer SCSU is going in the wrong direction?


Please think of a thermometer that has a range of 0 to 100 degrees. I'd like you to rate your feelings toward some campus figures and other people who are in the news. Ratings on the thermometer between 50 and 100 degrees mean that you feel favorable and warm toward the person. Ratings between 0 and 50 mean that you do not feel too favorable toward the person. If we come to a person whose name you don't recognize, you don't need to rate that person. Just tell me and we will move on to the next one. If you do recognize the name, but do not feel particularly warm or cold toward the person, you would rate the person at the 50-degree mark.


Feeling thermometer means 2005 2006
Feeling Thermometer Means 2005 & 2006 degrees. I'd like you to rate your feelings toward some campus figures and other people who are in the news. Ratings on the thermometer between 50 and 100 degrees mean that you feel favorable and warm toward the person. Ratings between 0 and 50 mean that you do not feel too favorable toward the person. If we come to a person whose name you don't recognize, you don't need to rate that person. Just tell me and we will move on to the next one. If you do recognize the name, but do not feel particularly warm or cold toward the person, you would rate the person at the 50-degree mark.

Source: SCSU Survey April 2006 n=502 April 2005 n=503

*means based only on those who can rate 2006 n for Bush (490) Saigo (356) Kutcher (134)


Feeling thermometer stating don t know can t judge refused 2005 2006
Feeling Thermometer degrees. I'd like you to rate your feelings toward some campus figures and other people who are in the news. Ratings on the thermometer between 50 and 100 degrees mean that you feel favorable and warm toward the person. Ratings between 0 and 50 mean that you do not feel too favorable toward the person. If we come to a person whose name you don't recognize, you don't need to rate that person. Just tell me and we will move on to the next one. If you do recognize the name, but do not feel particularly warm or cold toward the person, you would rate the person at the 50-degree mark. % Stating Don’t Know/Can’t Judge Refused 2005 & 2006

Source: SCSU Survey April 2006 n=502 April 2005 n=503


Some feeling thermometer findings
Some Feeling Thermometer Findings degrees. I'd like you to rate your feelings toward some campus figures and other people who are in the news. Ratings on the thermometer between 50 and 100 degrees mean that you feel favorable and warm toward the person. Ratings between 0 and 50 mean that you do not feel too favorable toward the person. If we come to a person whose name you don't recognize, you don't need to rate that person. Just tell me and we will move on to the next one. If you do recognize the name, but do not feel particularly warm or cold toward the person, you would rate the person at the 50-degree mark.

  • In 2001 we asked students to pick the student government president from a list of four names

    • 17% were able to identify the president.

  • For President Bush there was little difference by ethnic status

    • Republican students =65 Democrats=19

  • For Student Government President this year, there was little difference in rating by class standing, international student or not, but some gender difference

    • Females=57 Males=48


  • Student government and in house elections

    Student Government degrees. I'd like you to rate your feelings toward some campus figures and other people who are in the news. Ratings on the thermometer between 50 and 100 degrees mean that you feel favorable and warm toward the person. Ratings between 0 and 50 mean that you do not feel too favorable toward the person. If we come to a person whose name you don't recognize, you don't need to rate that person. Just tell me and we will move on to the next one. If you do recognize the name, but do not feel particularly warm or cold toward the person, you would rate the person at the 50-degree mark. andIn-House Elections

    By: Ngoc Phan


    Now i have some questions about scsu s student government and in house elections
    Now I have some questions about SCSU's student government and in-house elections.

    In-house elections are the special election of officers by members of the student government when there is an unscheduled vacancy.


    Are you aware that our current SCSU student government vice president was elected through an in-house election and not through an election open to all students?

    • Respondents who are unaware outnumber those aware by a

    magnitude of five

    Source: SCSU 2006 Student Survey


    In general, do you strongly agree, agree, disagree, or strongly disagree with the use of in-house elections?

    • 15 percentage points

    difference

    between agree and disagree

    • 21% don’t know’s

    Source: SCSU 2006 Student Survey


    In your opinion, which of the following is the best choice in regards to in-house elections. Should SCSU Student Government abolish all in-house elections, provide more publicity to students, or do nothing to change it?

    • Out of the three choices,

    more than half

    of respondents preferred the choice of providing more publicity

    Source: SCSU 2006 Student Survey


    Findings: in regards to The demographics gender, class, and political party did not have significant effects on any of the three questions.



    Do you smoke
    Do you smoke? in regards to









    Other findings
    Other findings in St. Cloud

    • Other demographics such as gender or class standing didn’t give us a good idea of how you would feel about smoking issues or as to whether you smoke


    SCSU Spring Student Survey in St. Cloud

    Intercollegiate Athletics and

    Tailgating at SCSU


    Are intercollegiate athletic events an integral part of college life at st cloud state
    Are intercollegiate athletic events an integral part of college life at St. Cloud State?

    Source: SCSU Spring Survey of Currently Enrolled Students  April, 2006, n=502 


    The importance of intercollegiate athletics to college students
    The importance of intercollegiate athletics to college students

    • 8 in 10 students (83%) at St. Cloud State find intercollegiate athletics to be an integral part of SCSU college life.

    • In a national study of college students done for the NCAA in 20041, 87% of students surveyed agreed that attending college or university sporting events was an integral part of college life.

      1. 2004 Safe Celebration Study, Data Development Corporation, June 2004, n=986 The survey was conducted for the NCAA, the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC), the TEAM Coalition, and Anheuser-Busch.


    Would students drink responsibly if allowed to tailgate at scsu intercollegiate athletic events
    Would students drink responsibly if allowed to tailgate at SCSU Intercollegiate athletic events?

    Source: SCSU Spring Survey of Currently Enrolled Students  April, 2006, n=502


    Would allowing tailgating at SCSU increase the probability of inappropriate student actions occurring at events?

    Source: SCSU Spring Survey of Currently Enrolled Students  April, 2006, n=502 


    Would you be most likely to tailgate with friends, family, or somebody other than family or friends?

    Source: SCSU Spring Survey of Currently Enrolled Students  April, 2006, overall n=502, n seen here =438


    Tailgating with friends
    Tailgating with Friends or somebody other than family or friends?

    • After excluding 64 students who said they would not tailgate, remaining data indicated that about three quarters of students (73%) would tailgate with their friends at SCSU.

    • In a national study of college students done for the NCAA in 20041, 80% of the students surveyed said they would tailgate with their friends.

      1. 2004 Safe Celebration Study, Data Development Corporation, June 2004, n=986 The survey was conducted for the NCAA, the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC), the TEAM Coalition, and Anheuser-Busch.


    Would you personally like the opportunity to tailgate at SCSU intercollegiate athletic events?

    Source: SCSU Spring Survey of Currently Enrolled Students  April, 2006, n=502


    Significant findings
    Significant Findings SCSU intercollegiate athletic events?

    • During a student’s undergraduate career, the further their class standing (senior vs. sophomore), the less likely they are to find intercollegiate athletic events to be an integral part of college life.

    • Females were more likely than males to believe that allowing tailgating would increase the probability of inappropriate student actions occurring during or after events.

    • Males, more than females, wanted to have the opportunity to tailgate.

    • The higher grade point average a student has, the less likely he/she is to want to have the opportunity to tailgate.


    SCSU SURVEY SCSU intercollegiate athletic events?

    Student Survey Spring 2006

    Spring Student Survey 2006

    Elizabeth Walters


    Husky sports band

    Husky SCSU intercollegiate athletic events? Sports Band

    Husky Sports Band


    Do you strongly agree, agree, disagree, or strongly disagree that the Husky Sports Band will create a greater school spirit at athletic events?

    Source: SCSU Spring Survey of Currently Enrolled Students  April, 2006, n=502 


    Do you strongly agree, agree, disagree, or strongly disagree that the Husky Sports Band will generate greater fan involvement at athletic events?

    Source: SCSU Spring Survey of Currently Enrolled Students  April, 2006, n=502 


    For you personally, would you attend a higher number, about the same, or a lower number of athletic events because of the Husky Sports Band?

    Source: SCSU Spring Survey of Currently Enrolled Students  April, 2006, n=502 


    Do you personally feel that the husky sports band will add excitement to athletic events
    Do the same, or a lower number of athletic events because of the Husky Sports Band?you personally feel that the Husky Sports Band will add excitement to athletic events?

    Source: SCSU Spring Survey of Currently Enrolled Students  April, 2006, n=502


    Summary
    Summary the same, or a lower number of athletic events because of the Husky Sports Band?

    • There were no statistically significant relationships between the demographics of age, gender, race, class standing, and living on or off campus.


    Und fighting sioux mascot

    UND Fighting Sioux Mascot the same, or a lower number of athletic events because of the Husky Sports Band?

    Sara Lohrman and Brittany Speich


    Are you aware that there has been a resolution written to ban the UND Fighting Sioux mascot on the SCSU campus?

    SCSU Spring Survey of Currently Enrolled Students  April, 2006  overall n=502  


    Significant findings1
    Significant findings ban the UND Fighting Sioux mascot on the SCSU campus?

    • Students of ethnic background, international students, and nontraditional students were less likely to be aware of the resolution that was written to ban the UND mascot.

    • Gender, living arrangement, and class standing were not statistically significant findings.

    SCSU Spring Survey of Currently Enrolled Students  April, 2006  overall n=502  


    How important is this issue to you, would you say that it is very important, somewhat important, not important, or not at all important?

    SCSU Spring Survey of Currently Enrolled Students  April, 2006  overall n=502  


    Significant findings2
    Significant findings very important, somewhat important, not important, or not at all important?

    • The only finding that was statistically significant when running cross tabs was that females found that the issue of the UND mascot was more important to them then males.

    • All other categories (living arrangement, ethnic status, class standing, domestic/international student, and traditional/non-traditional student) were not statistically significant.

    SCSU Spring Survey of Currently Enrolled Students  April, 2006  overall n=502  


    What do you feel should happen if anything to the und fighting sioux mascot
    What do you feel should happen, if anything, to the UND Fighting Sioux mascot?

    SCSU Spring Survey of Currently Enrolled Students  April, 2006  overall n=502  


    Significant findings3
    Significant findings Fighting Sioux mascot?

    • Males were more likely than female to want to keep the mascot the same, whereas females were more likely than males to want to change the mascot altogether.

    • The rest of the demographics run were not statistically significant.

    SCSU Spring Survey of Currently Enrolled Students  April, 2006  overall n=502  


    Do you believe that scsu should have a say in what the und fighting sioux mascot should be
    Do you believe that SCSU should have a say in what the UND Fighting Sioux mascot should be?

    SCSU Spring Survey of Currently Enrolled Students  April, 2006  overall n=502  


    Significant findings4
    Significant Findings Fighting Sioux mascot should be?

    • Slightly more students of ethnic background and international students don’t know whether SCSU should have a say in what the UND mascot should be than Caucasian students.

    • The rest of the demographics run were not statistically significant.


    2006 spring student survey
    2006 Spring Student Survey Fighting Sioux mascot should be?

    Racial Perceptions At St. Cloud State University

    Tim Ehlinger


    Are students accepted equally

    Are Students Accepted Equally? Fighting Sioux mascot should be?

    Source: SCSU Spring Survey of Currently Enrolled Students April, 2006  overall n=502 


    Are students accepted equally1
    Are Students Accepted Equally? Fighting Sioux mascot should be?

    • Males(42%) were more likely than females(28%) to state that students of color are always accepted equally to whites.

    • African Americans were more likely than Caucasians to state that students of color were rarely accepted equally; though our sample of African Americans had a large sample error.


    Representing race in class discussion
    Representing Race In Class Discussion Fighting Sioux mascot should be?

    Source: SCSU Spring Survey of Currently Enrolled Students  April, 2006  overall n=502  


    Representing race in class discussion1
    Representing Race In Class Discussion Fighting Sioux mascot should be?

    • 6 in 10 freshmen agreed they felt a need to represent their race in class discussion whereas only 4 in 10 seniors agreed with this statement.


    Time scsu spends on race
    Time SCSU Spends on Race Fighting Sioux mascot should be?

    Source: SCSU Spring Survey of Currently Enrolled Students  April, 2006  overall n=502  


    Time scsu spends on race1
    Time SCSU Spends on Race Fighting Sioux mascot should be?

    • Twice as many males felt SCSU spends too much time on race relations as females.

    • African Americans students(72%) were much more likely to state that we do not spend enough time on race as Caucasians students(15%); though again our sample of African Americans had a large sample error.


    Student complaint process

    Student Complaint Process Fighting Sioux mascot should be?

    Jackie Swanson

    And

    Nicole Severson

    Source: SCSU Spring Survey of Currently Enrolled Students  April, 2006, n=502 


    Are you aware of the student complaint process
    Are you aware of the student complaint process? Fighting Sioux mascot should be?

    68%

    31%

    1%

    Source: SCSU Spring Survey of Currently Enrolled Students  April, 2006, n=502 


    Generally speaking do you know how the student complaint process works
    Generally speaking, do you know how the student complaint process works?

    74%

    22%

    4%

    Source: SCSU Spring Survey of Currently Enrolled Students  April, 2006, n=502 


    How important is it to you to have a student complaint process, is it very important, somewhat important, somewhat unimportant, or not at all important?

    79%

    14%

    7%

    Source: SCSU Spring Survey of Currently Enrolled Students  April, 2006, n=502 


    Our findings
    OUR FINDINGS process, is it very important, somewhat important, somewhat unimportant, or not at all important?

    • Our most statistically significant finding is that class standing had the most impact.

      • The longer a person is a student at St. Cloud State, the more aware they are of the complaint process.

    Source: SCSU Spring Survey of Currently Enrolled Students  April, 2006, n=502 


    Continued
    Continued… process, is it very important, somewhat important, somewhat unimportant, or not at all important?

    • Another significant finding is that students who live off campus believe that the complaint process is much more important than those that live on campus.

    • GPA, gender and race held no real significance.

    Source: SCSU Spring Survey of Currently Enrolled Students  April, 2006, n=502 


    Gay marriage amendment

    Gay process, is it very important, somewhat important, somewhat unimportant, or not at all important?Marriage Amendment

    Jackie Swanson

    And

    Nicole Severson


    Do you support or oppose a proposed amendment to the MN state constitution that would prohibit same sex marriage in MN?

    59%

    27%

    14%

    Source: SCSU Spring Survey of Currently Enrolled Students  April, 2006, n=502 


    Do you support or oppose an amendment to the MN state constitution that would prohibit same sex marriage in MN and make civil unions or domestic partnerships for unmarried couples against the law?

    70%

    17%

    13%

    Source: SCSU Spring Survey of Currently Enrolled Students  April, 2006, n=502 


    Our findings1
    Our Findings constitution that would prohibit same sex marriage in MN and make civil unions or domestic partnerships for unmarried couples against the law?

    • We found that party affiliation and approach to politics did have a very significant effect.

    Source: SCSU Spring Survey of Currently Enrolled Students  April, 2006, n=502 


    Gay marriage only
    Gay Marriage only… constitution that would prohibit same sex marriage in MN and make civil unions or domestic partnerships for unmarried couples against the law?

    Almost half of Republicans were in favor of an amendment,

    whereas 7 out of 10 Democrats opposed.

    73%

    48%

    41%

    18%

    11%

    9%

    Source: SCSU Spring Survey of Currently Enrolled Students  April, 2006, n=502 


    Marriage and civil unions
    Marriage and Civil Unions constitution that would prohibit same sex marriage in MN and make civil unions or domestic partnerships for unmarried couples against the law?

    Conservatives on campus were split almost 50/50 in regards to a MN constitutional amendment with only 15% maintaining neutral.

    1/4th of liberals support an amendment. Whereas those who identified themselves as Liberal 2/3rds were opposed to an amendment.

    74%

    60%

    47%

    45%

    25%

    19%

    15%

    7%

    8%

    Source: SCSU Spring Survey of Currently Enrolled Students  April, 2006, n=502 


    When we compared gender to peoples stance on a constitutional amendment we found that Men were more apt to support an amendment whereas woman were more likely to be neutral or opposed.

    Source: SCSU Spring Survey of Currently Enrolled Students  April, 2006, n=502 


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