The Association for College Unions International (ACUI), in partnership with EBI Benchmarking Assessments, has created the ACUI/EBI College Union/Student Center Assessment. The union visitor and non-visitor assessments provide administrators with a sense of student perceptions about their union experience. Results can be effectively utilized to focus attention on strengths and areas in need of improvement. This research note compares the responses of 11,771 first-year and senior students from the 2010-11 academic year assessment.
First-year students were significantly more likely than seniors to reside on-campus. Nearly three-quarters of first-year students indicated their place of residence was a residence hall, compared to 14% of seniors. First-year students were more likely than seniors to report visiting the college union multiple times per week and participating in activities sponsored by the union multiple times per month.
When asked to cite the top three reasons they visit the college union, seniors were more likely than first-years to cite studying, attending a student organization meeting, and using computers. First-years were more likely than seniors to cite eating, relaxing, postal services, and entertainment activities. First-year students were more satisfied than seniors with the extent to which the union publicizes opportunities to join organizations, promotes a sense of community on campus, and promotes programs of interest to students. First-year students were also more likely to agree the union is an enjoyable place to spend time, relax and is a place they feel welcome. First-year students were more likely to agree the union offers a wide variety of entertainment options and they are reasonably priced. Overall, first-year students were more likely than seniors to be satisfied with the college union.
First-year students are more likely than seniors to visit the college union multiple times per week and participate in union-sponsored activities more than once a month. First-year students are more likely than seniors to cite eating, relaxing, use of postal services, and entertainment activities as top reasons for visiting the union, while seniors are more likely than first-years to cite studying, use of computers and attending student organization meetings as top reasons for visiting the union. First-year students are more likely than seniors to agree that the college union is an enjoyable, welcoming and relaxing place, is a place to get involved in campus life, and offers a variety of reasonably priced forms of entertainment. Overall, first-year students are more likely to be satisfied with the college union than seniors.
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