Every student who completes the survey is entered in a raffle for $100 cash prizes.
The UMAY survey is also part of U-M’s involvement in a national project called the Student Experience in the Research University (SERU). Students at other research university campuses (which includes several Big Ten universities, the University of California campuses, the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, among others)take a version of the UMAY survey, and that allows Michigan to make comparisons against our peers. SERU consortium of institutions.
Will my responses be kept confidential?
The confidentiality of student responses is very important to us. Find out how we protect your confidentiality.
How do you use my responses?
Results from core questions on the UMAY survey (including breakdowns by academic major, but free of any individually identifying information) are provided to all schools & colleges that enroll undergraduates. Key analyses are also shared with administrative and service units across campus. At U-M, UMAY data have been used for many purposes — to inform curriculum discussions, examine climate issues, inform faculty about student goals and academic development, report to outside agencies, and identify areas for improvement.
In addition, researchers at our partner campuses and across the country have used UMAY data in multi-campus studies on topics such as the experience of first-generation students, concerns about costs, disengagement, student participation in research, and others. A list of publications based on SERU surveys can be found on the SERU Consortium web site.
Who actually responds to UMAY?
Response rates have varied on the U-M campus from about 25% to 30%. Many of our peer campuses do better — at the University of Florida over 60% of undergrads provide responses! — so the U-M is deeply engaged in trying to get more of its students to participate. Every student’s perspective is valuable, and we know we can provide better information to the University when we hear from as many students as possible. We also understand that Michigan students are busy and have many other demands on their time (including requests to take other surveys). If you have an idea for promoting the UMAY survey and communicating its importance so more students will share their perspectives, we welcome your input.
Report on the 2013 Response rates, by key demographics.
What can you tell me about UMAY findings?
Summaries of UMAY survey results are made available on the UMAY website to anyone with an interest. Other UMAY reports are internal in nature and shared with University departments directly.
What does the survey ask?
The UMAY survey asks students to answer a broad array of questions about their undergraduate experience. To cover as many topics as possible, the survey consists of a core set of questions and four additional modules. All students who take the survey see the core questions; then they are randomly assigned to take one of the four modules. The survey changes very little from year to year. View a copy of the 2014 survey. A quick way to see an overview of the topics covered in the survey would be to review the table of contents provided in the Class of 2013 summary.