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Past Questions & Results

Latest Poll Results

On October 16, 2020, we asked 612 registered student contacts:

What is MOST important in choosing a study space?

1. Noise level
2. Community
3. Isolation
4. Whiteboards/technology
5. Near staff help
6. Coffee/creature comforts

We received 415 responses (68% response rate, 95% confident +/-5%):

  • Noise level: 48%
  • Isolation: 21.2%
  • Coffee/creature comforts: 14.5%
  • Community: 10.1%
  • Whiteboards/technology: 3.9%
  • Other/Multiple/Not Responsive: 2.4%
  • Near staff help: 0.0%
near staff help 0%, other 2.4%, whiteboard/technology 3.9%, community 10.1%, coffee/creature comforts 14.5%, isolation 21.2%, noise level 48%


Earlier Text Questions & Results
Climate text app results by date
Student Assembly would like to know: Are you registered to vote in the November 3 general election?

On October 1, 2020, we asked 601 registered student contacts:

Student Assembly would like to know: Are you registered to vote in the November 3 general election?
A. Yes
B. Not yet
C. No, don't plan to

We received 443 responses (74% response rate, 95% confident +/-5%):

  • Yes: 97.1%
  • Not yet: 1.4%
  • No, don't plan to: 1.6%

Yes 97%, Not Yet 1%, No don't plan to 2%

Describe your current course workload compared to last fall and explain.

On September 24, 2020 we asked 581 registered student contacts:

Describe your current course workload compared to last fall:
1. Much Lighter
2. Slightly Lighter
3. The same
4. Slightly heavier
5. Much heavier
Please explain.

We received 405 responses to the request that students describe their current workload according to the provided scale (70% response rate, 95% confident +/-5%).

  • Much Lighter: 1.5%
  • Slightly Lighter: 8.4%
  • The same: 13.1%
  • Slightly heavier: 35.8%
  • Much heavier: 36.8%
  • Other/Not Applicable: 4.4%
Much lighter 2%, Slightly lighter 8%, The same 13%, Slightly Heavier 36%, Much heavier 37%, Other or NA 4%

 

We received 182 responses explaining the workload description selected, which we analyzed and consolidated into seven categories (31% response rate, 95% confident +/-8%):

  • Heavier because of compressed semester (pace, same amount of work in less time, more frequent assessments/assignments): 27.1%
  • Heavier because of additional work to make up for less in person instruction: 22.2%
  • Heavier because course requirements take more time, effort, and energy: 18.0%
  • Variation due to individual choices or circumstances: 14.7%
  • Other/Not applicable: 8.3%
  • Heavier because of wellness/emotional well-being factors: 6.4%
  • Workload the same: 3.4%


27% heavier because compressed semester, 22% heavier because additional work, 18% heavier because more time effort energy, 15% heavier or lighter because individual choices, 8% other not applicable, 6% heavier wellness, 3% workload the same

Comment Summaries by Category

Heavier Due to the Compressed Semester:
  • The compressed semester results in students doing a lot more work per week
  • The pace at which courses cover material has increased due to condensed semester and not cutting any content
  • There is little reprieve from writing essays, taking tests, and studying for class
  • Assigning midterms/quizzes/tests/classes over the weekend means there are no breaks and no opportunity to catch up/get ahead

Heavier Due to Additional Work to Make up for Less In-Person Instruction:

  • Professors are assigning extra readings/other work to try to make up for the lack of in-person time
  • To make up for less productive online classes professors are relying more on out-of-class assignments
  • The supplemental work to make up the missed hours ends up being homework; it feels as though it would've been better to simply let those hours go for the semester
  • There is an expectation that students will cover a lot of work outside of class

Heavier Due to Course Requirements Taking More Time, Effort, and Energy:

  • Recorded lectures take longer because they require pausing to take notes. Lab assignments take longer without partners and TAs immediately nearby to help.
  • It takes longer to draft emails to ask questions rather than asking when in-person with a professor
  • Flipped classes require significantly more effort
  • Students are having to teach themselves course material

Heavier or Lighter Due to Individual Choices:

  • Students are taking more credits, are involved in more extra-curricular activities, or are taking upper level or harder courses so the workload is heavier
  • Students are taking fewer credits or aren't involved in as many extra-curricular activities, so the workload is lighter

Other/Not Applicable:

  • Heavier due to Professor behaviors/perceived beliefs (assigning things on the fly, thinking online is easier, thinking because there are less social activities happening there is more time to work on coursework)
  • Lighter due to Professor behaviors/perceived beliefs (granting extensions, assigning fewer readings, assigning less homework)
  • Life event caused student to fall behind and find it difficult to catch up
  • Taking fewer credits but the courses are more difficult
  • Student developed effective time management strategies in the spring to manage increased workload
  • Student was in high school last year

Heavier Due to Wellness/Emotional Well-Being:

  • There is less separation between work/school and relaxation because almost everything is done from the same physical location
  • Limited outlet for stress which compounds things
  • Hard to manage course work while physically ill
  • Feeling isolated and depressed due to limited ways to interact with other students in social settings
  • Motivation and focus are more difficult this semester

Workload the Same:

  • Workload is about the same however the experience of lab sciences isn't as rich
  • The amount of work has not changed significantly
  • Some classes are lighter and some are heavier so it ends up balancing
How does your Fall remote class experience compare to the remote Spring semester?

On September 17, 2020 we asked 508 registered student contacts:

How does your Fall remote class experience compare to the remote Spring sem?
A. Much better
B. Slightly better
C. The same
D. Slightly worse
E. Much worse
N/A

We received 366 responses (72% response rate, 95% confident +/-6%)

  • Much better: 27.3%
  • Slightly better: 32.5%
  • The same: 13.7%
  • Slightly worse: 12.3%
  • Much worse: 6.3%
  • N/A: 6.6%
  • Other: 1.4%

 September 17, 2020

How clear are you on what behaviors and activities are permitted within the W&M community?

On September 3, 2020, we asked 502 registered student contacts:

How clear are you on what behaviors and activities are permitted within the W&M community?
1. Not at all
2. Somewhat
3. Considerably
4. A great deal

We received 367 responses (73% response rate, 95% confident +/-6%)

  • Not at all: 3.3%
  • Somewhat: 24.8%
  • Considerably: 40.9%
  • A great deal: 28.3%
  • Other/Not responsive: 2.7%

September 3, 2020

Welcome to the new semester! In three words or less, what best describes how you are feeling?

On August 20, 2020, we asked the 491 registered student contacts:

Welcome to the new semester! In three words or less, what best describes how you are feeling?

We received 267 responses (54% response rate, 95% confident +/-6%), yielding 487 data points (some students responded with three individual words, others with a multi-word phrase). This word cloud represents the frequency of responses that appeared a minimum of two times. The top three emotions shared were Excited, Anxious, and Nervous.

excited, nervous, anxious, overwhelmed, stressed, apprehensive, frustrated, optimistic, hopeful, tired, lonely, scared, worried, cautiously-optimistic, depressed, disappointed, happy, uncertain, cautious, confused, sad, exhausted, concerned, cautious

The Climate Group also sorted responses according to the Plutchik Wheel of Emotions, one of the models of primary human emotions used in psychology. Each dot represents a response data point, placed to display where it falls in the spectrum of standardized emotional categories. View an interactive version of the data display.

August 20, 2020

 

  • Anger: 5% of responses and 9% of respondents stated a word that fell within the anger category.  Some of the responses included frustrated, annoyed, insulted, complicit, and angry.
  • Anticipation: 15% of responses and 27% of respondents stated a word that fell within the anticipation category.  Some of the responses included excited, anticipatory, let’s do this, curious, and want to return.
  • Disgust: 7% of responses and 12% of respondents stated a word that fell within the disgust category.  Some of the responses included disappointed, cautious, skeptical, complacent, unsafe, and negative.
  • Fear: 28% of responses and 52% of respondents stated a word that fell within the fear category.  Some of the responses included nervous, stressed, worried, anxious, scared, and concerned.
  • Joy: 12% of responses and 22% of respondents stated a word that fell within the joy category.  Some of the responses included happy, hopeful, optimistic, good, and all right.
  • Sadness: 15% of responses and 27% of respondents stated a word that fell within the sadness category.  Some of the responses included lonely, depressed, sad, pessimistic, and disconnected.
  • Surprise: 15% of responses and 27% of respondents stated a word that fell within the surprise category.  Some of the responses included apprehensive, overwhelmed, confused, uncertain, and eager.
  • Trust: 3% of responses and 6% of respondents stated a word that fell within the trust category.  Some of the responses included ready, determined, supported, appreciative, and prepared.
What do you believe will most positively impact adherence to public health guidelines?

Following up on the results of the July 29 poll, on August 6, 2020, we texted 488 student contacts to follow up on the responses received to the July 29 poll. We allowed students to text back a short answer rather than prompting them to select from pre-determined options.

What do you believe will most positively impact adherence to public health guidelines?

We received 201 responses (41% response rate,), which we analyzed and consolidated into eight categories:

  • Consequences and enforcement for individuals and student organizations: 30.4%
  • Going 100% remote/Nothing: 16.9%
  • Transparency, clear communications and education/training: 13.9%
  • Community culture (including employee role modeling): 13.5%
  • Reduce students burdens/restrictions/liabilities (be as normal as possible): 10.1%
  • Peer pressure, reminders, and accountability: 6.3%
  • Miscellaneous: 5.1%
  • Not responsive: 3.8%
August 6, 2020
Do you believe the Community Commitment will positively impact adherence to public health guidelines?

On July 27, 2020 the university circulated “Healthy Together: A Community Commitment,” a document articulating the obligation of all W&M community members to take actions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. As a follow-up, on July 29 we distributed the following question to 476 student users:

Do you believe the Community Commitment will positively impact adherence to public health guidelines?
A. Not at all
B. Somewhat
C. Considerably
D. A great deal

We received 386 responses (81% response rate, 95% confident +/-5%)
  • Not at all: 26.7%
  • Somewhat: 51.6%
  • Considerably: 15.5%
  • A great deal: 4.7%
  • Other: 1.6%

July 29, 2020

What is your greatest concern about getting sick? What is your greatest concern about switching to 100% remote classes?

We followed up on the July 9 results with two questions. Because "Getting sick" and "A need to switch to 100% remote classes" were a close first and second most common responses, on July 15, 2020 we asked the 468 registered students:

What is your greatest concern about getting sick?
A. My health
B. Judged by peers
C. Quarantine/care protocol
D. Academic disruption
E. Getting others sick

We received 409 responses (87% response rate, 95% confident +/-5%)

  • Getting others sick: 34.2%
  • My health: 31.5%
  • Academic disruption: 18.1%
  • Quarantine/care protocol: 11.7%
  • Other: 2.9%
  • Judged by peers: 1.5%

July 15, 2020 - Getting Sick

What is your greatest concern about switching to 100% remote classes?
1. Moving out/home
2. Academic/life disruption
3. Course quality
4. Technology
5. Loneliness

We received 389 responses (83% response rate, 95% confident +/-5%)

  • Course quality: 32.9%
  • Academic/life disruption: 29.6%
  • Moving out/home: 17.2%
  • Loneliness: 12.6%
  • Other: 4.9%
  • Technology: 2.8%
July 15, 2020 - Remote Classes
What is your greatest COVID-19 Fall Concern?

On July 9, 2020, we sent our first W&M&You text question to the 464 undergraduate and graduate students who had opted into the app:

What is your greatest COVID-19 Fall concern?
A. Getting Sick
B. Social life restrictions
C. Following health rules
D. A need to switch to 100% remote classes

We received 243 responses (52% response rate; 95% confident +/- 6.2%)

  • Getting sick: 36.4%
  • A need to switch to 100% remote classes: 33.9%
  • Social life restrictions: 19.4%
  • Following health rules: 7.0%
  • Other: 3.3%

July 9, 2020