Student surveys spur improvements to campus, programs, and services
Student feedback paved the way for a current project that is improving a parking lot, adding new sidewalks and providing additional lighting on Athens Technical College’s Athens Campus.
The new asphalt surface and enlargement of an old parking lot along Old Hull Road on the east side of the Athens Campus, along with new light poles and sidewalks connecting the parking lot to other parts of campus are the result of student suggestions in recent years. The renovated parking lot will not only provide a smoother surface for students to park, but also extra parking spaces and a well-lighted, safer environment. The campus project is one of several ways the college has responded to student ideas.
The student input was generated through a Student Satisfaction Survey that is conducted every other year and that encourages students to weigh in with their appraisals about the college’s programs, facilities and services. College administrators plan to launch the Student Satisfaction Survey this year on Tuesday, April 9, when college President Flora Tydings will send out a message to all enrolled students via their @student.athenstech.edu email address. In her message, Dr. Tydings will emphasize the importance of their opinions and remind them to fill out the evaluation.
The surveys are being sent only to students, but all faculty and staff are urged to remind the students to check their email Tuesday, April 9, for the president’s message regarding the survey and to devote some time to answering the questions.
Dr. Dan Smith, vice president for Institutional Effectiveness, and Stephanie Benson, director of Research and Assessment for the college, conducted the college’s first Student Satisfaction Survey in 2011, and they are responsible for compiling the results that are used by the college to address students’ concerns and suggestions.
When Dr. Tydings sends out the email on April 9, each student will be given a unique link tied to the survey and to his or her email. After receiving the survey, each student has until April 26, to complete it. The survey takes about 20 minutes to complete and all feedback remains confidential. Results from the forms are presented in aggregate form so that no individual student can be identified.
The 2011 Student Satisfaction Surveys was responsible for many recent improvements designed to make Athens Technical College a better experience for students. Those changes include — besides the parking lot, lighting and sidewalk improvements — the addition this year of advisement days each semester in the college’s academic calendar; three more full-time advisors for students; expanded instructional programs on the Walton County Campus and the Elbert County Campus; additional library resources, including 104,531 books, more than 10,000 journal titles in full text, and 9,655 films on demand and accessible at all times through the library’s web page; and upgrades to the college’s technology infrastructure that provides more capacity and better access to the Internet for all campuses.
Photo caption: Workers recently paved the expanded parking lot on the east side of the Athens Campus along Old Hull Road.