Archive for Surveys

Quality of Life in European Cities

From the European Commission, The Quality of Life in European Cities gives the results of a massive survey undertaken in dozens of European cities.”This survey included all capital cities of the countries concerned (except for Switzerland), together with between one and six more cities in the larger countries. In each city, around 500 citizens were interviewed.”(Introduction) Questions ranged from residents rating their sports stadiums, their public transportation systems, to their opinion on whether or not having foreigners in their midst is a good thing. Key findings are found on pages 3-11; they are followed by in-depth charts and statistical data for each question posed. Comparative information from the 2009 survey is also offered. A revealing work to say the least.

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2012/2013 Higher Education Faculty Salaries by Discipline

This report from the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources – Faculty in Higher Education (Four-Year Institutions) Salary Survey – based on responses from hundreds of institutions, shows the median salary at the different ranks of professorship as well as providing breakdowns by tenure and discipline. These are aggregate numbers; universities are not listed by name but the information is pooled into the aforementioned groupings. While one expects salary differentials among the various ranks, it is quite revealing to see the salaries paid according to discipline.

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What Do People Want From Their Libraries?

Apparently, everything. This Pew Internet report – Library services in the digital age - was based on a survey done by Pew, and the results make for insightful reading. An array of questions was posed and some of the results are that:                                                                                                                                                     73% of library patrons in the past 12 months say they visit to browse the shelves for books or media.

54% visit to do research on topics that interest them.

50% visit to get help from a librarian.

 49% say they visit to sit, read, and study, or watch or listen to media.

Patrons want the latest technologies, they want help using their handheld devices, and they still want books. There is much more to this report, and it is worth the read for all concerned, patrons and librarians alike. Other reports of interest include: Net Generation Students and Libraries (EDUCAUSE); The Library, Through Students’ Eyes (New York Times); What Students Don’t Know (Inside Higher Ed); Assessment 360: Mapping Undergraduates and the Library at the University of Connecticut (CLIR); The Value of Academic Libraries: A Comprehensive Research Review and Report (ALA); and Students Research the Library (College & Research Libraries News). Also visit the ERIAL Project, an ethnographic look at how students view/use the library. This study has much to tell us.

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Sexual Violence is Widespread in the United States

Here are some frightening statistics from the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey conducted in 2010 with 16,500 subjects via telephone interviews of about half an hour: 1 in 5 women have been raped in their lifetime; 1.3 million women were raped during the year previous to this survey;  1 in 6 women have been stalked in their lifetime; and 1 out of 4 women have been the victims of severe physical abuse by an intimate partner. Men, as well, reported being raped, stalked, or abused. This is the first year this survey was conducted and the results will serve as a foundation for subsequent surveys. This report also has tables that are broken down by state. Additional information is at the CDC”s Violence Prevention page. Reportage is availabe from The New York Times, BBC, Los Angeles Times, and  The Washington Post.

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Is RateMyProfessors.com a Valid Faculty Evaluation Tool?

Given the criteria selected and the methods employed, the authors of this article, Student Concensus on RateMyProfessors.com, offer a qualified yes – “In the aggregate, RateMyProfessors.com is providing useful feedback about instructor quality.”(10) Whatever your opinion of this “service,” (and there is obviously a plethora of viewpoints if this insidehighered entry is any indication) the article should be looked at; its references alone are worth a perusal.

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How Do You Like Living in New Jersey?

The Garden State’s Quality of Life survey reveals some interesting factoids. Based on over 100 questions, this instrument contains a great deal of information: 63% of those surveyed feel New Jersey is a good to excellent place to live; 73% rate their hometowns positively. Other extrapolated reports from this survey include: New Jersey’s Quality of Life by County (where the statewide average  is +21, Morris County comes in the highest at +42 and Cumberland rates a +5); Garden State Quality of Life Varies by Race /Ethnicity (in which blacks rate the quality of  life at +3, Hispanics at +21, whites at +26, and Asians at +29); and Wealthier New Jerseyans Credit Hometowns Not State for Better Quality of Life (not surprisingly, the more you make, the better you feel). There is much relevatory data in all these reports broken down along socioeconomic lines. News articles are available in: The Star-Ledger, Cherry Hill Courier Post, Asbury Park Press, The Bergen Record, and Vineland Daily Journal.

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New Jersey Ranks Among Lowest in Wireless-only Households

That is the conclusion reached by the Wireless Substitution: State-level Estimates from the National Health Interview Survey, January 2007 – June 2010 from the CDC. Only 12.8% of adults  and 12.6% of children live in wireless households, and the increase from 2007 to 2010 was only 7.2%. This is in contrast to Arkansas where the figures are 35.2% for adults, 46.2% for children and an increase of 14.5% from 2007 to 2010. On the national level, 26.6% of households are wireless-only as opposed to 12.9% which are landline-only. Figures are broken down by state and by selected counties; for New Jersey, Essex County was featured. Data is also available about “mixed” households – those having both wireless and landline connections. Please go to the Cell Phones section of the Pew Research Center for more information on the adoption of wireless in households.

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