Computer Lab Usage Survey- Fall 1999

  

The Institutional Research Office completed a telephone survey of
Computer Lab Usage Survey between October 4th and November 5th.
A random sample of 1,200 students attending WSU during the fall semester
were chosen and 642 were contacted for a response rate of of 54 percent.

This represents a margin of error of about plus or minus 3 percent.

                
1. Approximately how many times have you used
a computer at WSU in the past year?
       
        
      Not used at all 179 28%                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
      1-10 182 28%
      11-25 60 9%
      29-50 78 12%
      51-100 65 10%
      Over 100 78 12%
      
2. Which open labs do you use?  
           
      Library 211 27%
      Social Science 142 18%
      Student Union 105 13%
      Wattis 87 11%
      None of these 53 7%
      Health Professions 40 5%
      Natural Science 28 4%
      Davis 28 4%
      Student Services Center 25 3%
      Macintosh/Education bldg 24 3%
      Math 16 2%
      HPER bldg. 11 1%
      Wasatch Hall 8 1%
         
3. Which discipline specific labs do you use?  
           
      TBE labs 24 4%
      Computer Science labs 39 6%
      Manufacturing/CAD-CAM 4 1%
      Other ____________. 11 2%
      None 564 88%
   
4. How do you use the WSU computer labs?  
       
      Word Processing 290 32%
      E-Mail 204 23%
      Web 256 28%
      Graphics 10 1%
      Programming 16 2%
      Mathematics or Statistics 16 2%
      Other 112 12%
      
5. If you wanted to use a lab at WSU but were unable to,
Why were you unable to use the lab?
  
               
      Lab was full 191 58%
      Network failure 68 21%
      Needed software not available 14 4%
      Adequate help not available 7 2%
      Lab was closed 35 11%
      Other 14 4%
           
           
6. Considering the computing fees at other Utah universities are:
U of U 179.40, USU 90, SUU 60, and at WSU 17.30, what dollar
amount of student fee money do you think should be spent on computing at WSU?
 
                                                                                                                       
      Less than $9 10 2%
      $9-$17 269 42%
      $18-$25 36 6%
      $26-$50 95 15%
      $51-$100 108 17%
      $101-$150 2 0%
      H. Over $150 0 0%
      F. Don't know 119 19%
         
7. Considering the total student fee at other universities in Utah
as mentioned above, would you prefer that:
  
       
Your total fee be increased to accommodate an increased computing fee. 45 20%
The total fee remain the same and monies be reallocated for computing. 179 80%    
            
Survey Respondents College of the stated major compared against fall breakdown
of all majors.
  
                                                         
        Nr Pct. Fall '99 college breakdown
      Applied Science & Technology 81 13% 14%
      Arts & Humanities 55 9% 9%
      Business and Economics 63 10% 11%
      Education 61 10% 9%
      General Studies or undeclared major 188 29% 27%
      Health Professions 94 15% 13%
      Science 48 7% 7%
      Social & Behavioral Sciences 51 8% 8%

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