Large turnout for MyVoice survey focus groups

Elizabeth Worthington, News Editor and Assistant News Editor

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In an article published on Sept. 15, a misleading connection was made between the MyVoice initiative and the Sept. 6 Weis center “Conscience, Courage, and Community” discussion.

The University is creating a survey tool called “MyVoice” in an effort to address and identify systemic problems occurring outside the classroom. In order for the survey to be comprehensive and meaningful, students are heavily involved in the creation and implementation process. Focus groups were held during the summer and on Sept. 27-28 with students and Royall & Co., a consulting firm that specializes in higher education. A total of 228 students participated across the 42 focus groups that were held. Twenty-three student groups were represented, including sports teams, Greek organizations, residential halls, and groups interested in social justice and diversity.

According to Dean of Students Amy Badal, the University received an “overwhelming response” from students interested in participating in the focus groups. Additional focus group times needed to be scheduled in order to accommodate everyone.

“It’s a clear indication that students care deeply about their Bucknell experience and are interested in working together to improve life outside of the classroom,” Badal said.

The survey is set to launch on Nov. 1 and will be available for student completion until Nov. 16. As an extra incentive to participate, prizes were selected based on student recommendation for those who complete the survey. All respondents will receive a cookie and a coupon for a free beverage at any eatery on campus and will be entered into a drawing for three $250 gift cards to Barnes & Noble and one $1,000 gift card to Amazon.

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