Want Data? Ask Students. Again and Again.

Want Data? Ask Students. Again and Again 1

Aaron Bernstein for The Chronicle

Judith A. Ouimet, of Indiana U., started a lottery to encourage students to respond to surveys. Some prizes, never claimed, sit on her desk.

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Aaron Bernstein for The Chronicle

Judith A. Ouimet, of Indiana U., started a lottery to encourage students to respond to surveys. Some prizes, never claimed, sit on her desk.

All year long, from every direction, surveys bombard students.

On a scale of 1 to 5, how satisfied are you with campus career services? Health-center programs? Library space? How often do you discuss course topics outside of class? How comfortable is the campus climate for diversity?

Pleas for students' time and opinions have proliferated in the past decade, to as many as 10 per person each year, according to some estimates. Events like orientation almost always trigger