University of California Undergraduate Experience Survey (UCUES)

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What is the survey about?

The University of California Undergraduate Experience Survey (UCUES) is an online, UC-wide survey of undergraduates that is administered every other spring quarter.  The survey is funded by the University of California.

UCUES provides an opportunity for students to give the university feedback on various aspects of student life at UC Santa Cruz, including the quality of the undergraduate experience, academic advising, access to classes, participation in student organizations and community services, students’ goals and values, as well as their overall satisfaction with the UC experience. In addition, UCSC student responses can be compared to those of students attending other UC campuses.

It’s about being a student at UCSC: academic work, access to classes, interaction with faculty and peers, satisfaction with advising and services, and future plans.

The most recently completed administration of UCUES was in 2020.  The next administration of UCUES will occur in Spring quarter 2022.

Who participates in the survey?

All undergraduate students at UCSC and other UC campuses are invited to participate in UCUES every other year in Spring Quarter.  In fact, over 21,000 Santa Cruz undergraduates took the survey in the last four years of data collection.  Across the UC system, about 160,000 students participate in any given year.

What is unique about UCUES and how are the results used?

  1. UCUES survey is one of a kind, and has become an important tool that faculty and administration rely on to collect vital feedback from students.  It is the only campus-wide student survey that provides comprehensive student feedback on the quality of academic experience that is used in formal and informal evaluation of academic programs (majors).
  2. UCUES survey allows us to look for trends and to evaluate changes in student experience at UCSC.  Since 2006 results from this survey have been used to evaluate academic curriculum, teaching practices and advising, student programs and services, and the campus climate for the expression of diverse ideas, beliefs and experiences.
  3. UCUES is designed especially for UC students and provides cross-campus comparative data for UCSC and other UC campuses.

UCUES Results Across UC Campuses

UCUES 2020 Survey Results

The UCUES 2020 survey at UCSC was open from May 5, 2020 to August 8, 2020.  29% of students enrolled in Winter 2020 took the survey.

UCUES 2018 Survey Results

The UCUES 2018 survey at UCSC was open from April through July 2018.  39% of students enrolled in Winter and/or Spring 2018 took the survey.

UCUES 2016 Survey Results

UCUES 2014 Survey Results

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