students put our reputation to the test
Sacramento State: The local community really likes you, and
your students can prove it.
According to the latest annual survey by sociology professor
Amy Liu and her students, area residents see Sacramento State
as a vibrant university that offers strong academic programs,
and most would recommend it to someone who was planning to
go to college,
students found that 57 percent of residents of the four-county
surrounding region considered the university vibrant, while
68 percent said we are strong academically. Only 3 percent
held a negative view of our academic programs.
in general, those who were well-acquainted with Sacramento
State had even stronger positive feelings than those who didn't
know the University well. While 85 percent of all respondents
said they would recommend Sacramento State to prospective
students, that number jumped to 92 percent among those who
felt well-informed about the campus.
year, 37 percent said they are well-informed about events
on campus, up just slightly from 35 percent in the 2004 survey.
The analysis found that respondents who felt well-informed
were also much more likely to have positive feelings about
us, to recommend us to prospective students and to consider
making a gift.
students also found that, overall, residents of Sacramento
County were more positive about the University than residents
of other counties.
findings are from the fourth annual “Survey of Public
Opinion and Life Quality in the Region.”
survey was conducted in the spring by Professor Liu and more
than 20 students as a service-learning project. Students conducted
phone interviews with 1,002 randomly selected individuals
in El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo counties. The survey
had a margin of error of approximately 3 percent.
addition to the questions about the University, students participating
in the project asked questions and analyzed results about
a variety of other topics including the Iraq War, President
Bush, regional planning issues such as housing and traffic,
and a possible new Kings arena. Their findings generated significant
media coverage and interest by local officials.
Among other findings about Sacramento State:
One of four respondents had attended Sacramento State, and
more than three of four had visited the campus at least
83 percent of respondents agreed that the University improves
the quality of life in the region, and 85 percent agreed
that we provide the future workforce for the region.
those who have attended Sacramento State, 87 percent say
we have strong academic programs (compared to 68 percent
percent say it is valuable that Sacramento State provides
students with work and research opportunities in state government.
Seventy-two percent say it is “extremely” or
report on the full 2005 survey is at www.csus.edu/ssis.