Early in D Term we opened up our spring survey to hear from WPI students. Over 700 students responded, representing all disciplines, residents and commuters, undergraduates and graduates. Thank you! Your voice is essential to help us understand your experience, what is important to you, and how we can support you better!
Our team has been analyzing everything you told us! Here are some of the highlights of what you told us, and how we're taking action to respond.
What do students want most? Over 500 survey respondents said "reopen the cafe"! We agree! Working closely with campus catering and students, we've already taken steps this spring to do just that.
What's next? We're working on plans with Catering for food and coffee options when the Cafe reopens in the fall!
High on students' priority lists were offering private study pods, modernizing window seating, adding Tech Suites, creating an interview room, adding natural light, and making spaces brighter and more fresh. Here's what's coming this summer and fall:
Students had some concerns and complaints to make about library computers and textbooks:
Computers: we'll work with IT this summer to diagnose and improve the slowness you've reported on library computers.
Textbooks: textbooks can be crazy expensive! The library's textbook/course reserve service can't always meet demand. We're exploring how we can help provide better access to textbooks, and we're also working with WPI faculty and funding from several WPI programs to encourage and support the use of no- or low-cost course materials at WPI, also known as "Open Educational Resources."
Who comes to the library? Of students who responded to the survey, 37% report visiting the library building more than 3x a week, while an equal number visit the library 1-3 times a week. 44% of students report spending more than 2 hours each time they visit the library, with another 50% spending 1-2 hours.
What for? the overwhelming student choice of descriptive terms about the library were about 'study'!
Watch this space for more updates, insights, and actions we're taking to meet student needs!