This report examines the undergraduate student experience at WWU. Special attention will be paid to comparing this experience by gender, using such shared aspects of university life as academic experiences, student services, social life, extracurricular activities, etc. The report consists of summaries of responses given by 488 subjects from a sample of 800 randomly selected undergraduate students during Spring Quarter, 1991. The return rate was 61%, with the final sample representing 5.5% of the total undergraduate headcount for that quarter. Respondents were 57% female, and 43% male in an overall WWU student population that was 55.5% female, and 44.5% male. (See Table 1.) The instrument used in this study, the Western Experience Survey, was adapted from one developed and used by Princeton University in 1990'. After receiving permission to use the instrument for the basis of a study at WWU, it was reviewed by a number of students, faculty, administrators, and staff. Based on their recommendations, the survey was modified for use at WWU, although changes were minimal. A test group then took the survey and provided written and verbal feedback regarding their interpretations of the items and the clarity of the questionnaire. Their input helped determine the wording of the cover and reminder letters sent with the instrument to survey takers. The survey and its cover letter, plus the reminder letter were distributed to survey takers primarily by U.S. and campus mail.' (See Appendix A for copies.)
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Gould, Gina S.; McKinney, Gary R.; Andrieu-Parker, Jacqueline M.; and Trimble, Joseph E., "Western Experience Survey" (1992). Office of Survey Research. Paper 375.