With the click of a button, students have until tonight to make their opinions heard by the board of trustees this week.
A survey sent Jan. 24 to the undergraduate student body will influence the Student Government Association’s recommendations to the board during their retreat tomorrow and Thursday, Vice President of Operations Joshua Simpson said.
The survey results have been summarized in a resolution that the House of Student Representatives will vote on at 5 p.m. The resolution—a nonbinding collective opinion—is “99.9 percent” sure to pass, Simpson said.
“What’s important about the resolution is that it says pretty matter-of-factly that this is what the student body wants,” Simpson said.
Created by Simpson with the input of various administrators, the 20-question survey entitled “The Future of TCU” covered issues such as academic prestige, student tailgating and ideal student-body size.
As of Monday afternoon, 2,393 people have taken the survey, Simpson said. He said he hoped for about 4,000 or 5,000 participants by tonight.
There have been clear and resounding results from the survey so far, Simpson said.
Based on survey data through Friday, 76 percent of respondents said they wanted to keep the undergraduate population at 9,000 students or less. Fifty-two percent said current admission requirements are OK while 46 percent preferred requirements to be more rigorous.
One result that Simpson said he was personally interested in was that 53 percent of students felt the university should “place more emphasis on school history, heritage and tradition.”
“It’s not that I think TCU should be Texas A&M,” Simpson said. “But in the process of becoming newer and better all the time, I think we kind of forget who we are. And that’s kind of dangerous, long term, for the university.”
SGA president Brent Folan said it was important to take the survey because the results would directly impact future decisions and events at the university.
However, junior philosophy and English double-major Anannya Mukherjee said she felt the scope of the survey was too narrow.
“I thought they didn’t reflect everybody on the campus because so many were about tailgating and pep rallies,” Mukherjee said. “If you’re not into football, you’re not being represented.”
Junior strategic communication major Varun Pramanik agreed.
“In the email we were sent out, it said the survey was about the future of TCU,” Pramanik said. “I was expecting it to be about some more serious questions. When I saw the number of questions about tailgating in general, I felt like it missed its focus. The university has much bigger things it could focus on.”
The possibility of student tailgating and ice machines have been a “big hit” and were included in the survey to encourage more students to take it, Folan said.
Simpson said many questions concerned tailgating because the university’s traditions are “rather pathetic” compared to other Big 12 schools. He and Folan planned to share the tailgating results and discuss options with university administrators soon, he said.
This is the first time for SGA to offer a student-wide survey, which reached a wide variety of students, Folan said.
“It’s all really important, but a lot of it really helps us focus what we’re going to work on as a Cabinet,” he said.
To access the survey, visit http://3744757.polldaddy.com/s/thefutureoftcu