September 1, 2004

Survey: Campus has strong community ties

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Fully 84 percent of adults in the four counties surrounding Sacramento State think the campus offers an excellent education, according to a recent survey.

In addition, three-quarters had been to campus for one reason or another, while 90 percent say the campus is vital to the region’s prosperity.

Those are some of the findings of the third “Annual Survey of Public Opinion and Life Quality in the Sacramento Region,” conducted in February and March by Sacramento State sociology professor Amy Liu and more than 30 students. It covers El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo counties. The survey included 1,003 randomly selected adults, and has a margin of error of 3 percent.

The series of questions on regional perceptions about Sacramento State was included along with questions about public policy, the war in Iraq and Gov. Schwarzenegger.

Overall, the answers revealed a strong connection between the University and the surrounding communities.

In addition to the large numbers who had visited campus at least once, 22 percent of respondents had taken classes here. Nearly 9 in 10 respondents agreed that the University improves the overall quality of life in the region, and about two-thirds said it helps shape public policy in the region and state. Sixty-one percent agree Sacramento State is an “exciting, vibrant university.”

Liu found interesting differences in perceptions of Sacramento State among various groups.

For instance, 84 percent overall agree that Sacramento State provides an excellent education. But that was more common among those who had attended the University (96 percent vs. 81 percent) and those who have ever visited campus (89 percent vs. 67 percent).

And while 69 percent overall agreed Sacramento State provides an affordable education, ethnic minorities and those with a household income of less than $30,000 are less likely to think so.

Liu also found the University may not be accomplishing as much as it would like in its efforts to inform the region’s residents about public events on campus. Sixty-two percent said they are not well-informed, while 35 percent said they are.

The full survey findings about Sacramento State are available from the story on the Sacramento State news website at www.csus.edu/news.

Summaries and full reports from the annual surveys are available from the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies website at www.csus.edu/ssis. Liu may be contacted at 278-7572 or liuqa@csus.edu.

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