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Arts Student Space
Survey 2012







Steve Livermore
President
Arts Student Union
2011-2012

Jess Genik
Research Commissioner
Arts Student Union
2012-2012




Arts Student Space Survey 2012 1
Arts Student Space Survey 2012


Contents

Page

#2

Results Summary

#3-5 Questions # 1-3 Results

#6

Open Ended Answer Summary

#7-30
Complete Listing of Open Ended Answers



Promotional material used for the survey:








Arts Student Space Survey 2012 2
Results Summary


In February 2012, the Arts Student Union surveyed 1455 Arts students through
an online-survey hosted by Zoomerang. We asked three questions that aimed to identify
the views and opinions of Arts students in regards to new student space. The survey
identified the potential new student space as "a space that will be available for the Arts
community as a whole regardless of department or major." The survey required all
participants to enter their names and student numbers to ensure their eligibility to
participate in the survey and to receive the iPad 2 prize.

First, we asked students to determine which type of space would be most
beneficial for them. The options consisted of a study space, a social space, and an
event/meeting space. 58% of respondents chose `study space' as being most beneficial
for Arts students. This means that most students believe that a space with access to
computers, printing and plenty of outlets and tables for studying would be most
beneficial for Arts.

Next, we asked students to rate whether or not they believe that Arts common
space would contribute to their student experience. Responses could range from 1 -
strongly disagree, to 6 - strongly agree. 94% of respondents agreed with this statement
of which 36% strongly agreed. It is apparent that almost all Arts students believe that
common space, namely a study common space, would contribute to their student
experience at the University of Waterloo.

The last mandatory question asked was how important an Arts student space
would be to them. Responses could range from 1 - extremely unimportant to 6 -
extremely important. 81% of students reported that student space was in the range of
being important to extremely important to them. Therefore, we can conclude that the
introduction of an Arts study space would be both important and beneficial for the Arts
student community at the University of Waterloo as a result of the Arts Student Space
Survey.

As an optional question at the end of the survey, we asked if there were any
suggestions that Arts students would like to see in an Arts common space that may not
have been mentioned. Many results were collected from this question with a number of
recurring answers which will be discussed in the following results.

Arts Student Space Survey 2012 3
Question #1 Results

Below are the descriptions of the potential student spaces for Arts students. Each space will
have the following in common: a coffee/tuckshop, microwaves, and Wi-Fi Internet Access.

Study Space: Access to computers and printers with a large number of outlets and tables for
studying.

Social Space: a comfy lounge with couches and other lounge seating with a smaller number
of computers and tables (i.e. Math comfy-lounge)

Meeting/Event Space: more space for Arts student events to be held which will be available
for booking for society events and meetings. Combination of the characteristics of the social
and study spaces (i.e. tables and comfy-type lounge).

Please rank the three spaces above with the first being the space that will benefit students
the most and third being the space that will least benefit students


Rank 1
Rank 2
Rank 3
Study Space
836 (57 %)
418 (29 %)
201 (14 %)
Social Space
476 (33 %)
608 (42 %)
371 (25 %)
Meeting/Event
143 (10 %)
429 (29 %)
883 (61 %)
Space



Arts Student Space Survey 2012 4
Question #2 Results

Do you believe an Arts common space would contribute to your student experience?
Strongly Disagree
28 (2 %)
Moderately Disagree
13 (1 %)
Disagree
52 (4 %)
Agree
434 (30 %)
Moderately Agree
408 (28 %)
Strongly Agree
520 (36 %)






Arts Student Space Survey 2012 5
Question #3 Results

How important is an Arts common space to you?
Extremely Unimportant
26 (2 %)
Moderately Unimportant
34 (2 %)
Unimportant
213 (15 %)
Important
508 (35 %)
Moderately Important
391 (27 %)
Extremely Important
283 (19 %)




Arts Student Space Survey 2012 6
Question #4: Open Ended Answer Summary


The final question of the survey allowed participants to enter anything that the
ASU may not have included in the survey that they would like to see in such a space. We
believed this could also assist in the creation of an Arts common space. This would allow
student needs and desires to be addressed properly by the faculty.


As predicted, many answers provided were recurring. The open ended answers
provided many informative suggestions of what an Arts common space could include or
look like. Students also used this space for other purposes such as expressing concerns
regarding student space at the University of Waterloo. The following answers tended to
appear multiple times throughout the results (listed in no particular order):

* Extended hours in comparison to other Arts buildings on campus
* General importance of a common space to an undergraduate student's experience
* The imbalance of student space between faculties and the lack of it in Arts
* Many accessible power outlets
* Microwaves
* Computer access
* Cafe, or Arts Student Union C&D/tuckshop moved into the space
* Couches
* Natural lighting
* Group study space such as booths
* Display of art by Fine Arts students on the walls of the space/gallery space
* Modern in appearance
* Televisions (similar to POETs setup)
* Recreational equipment such as foosball tables or pool tables
* Quiet study area set apart from social space
* Creation of the Arts identity in the space (i.e. Faculty colours)
* Central to Arts student traffic to promote usage of the space
* Advertisement board of opportunities and events for Arts students


The remaining pages of the report contain all feedback left by Arts students.


Zoomerang | ASU Student Space Survey: Open Ended Report: Question 5
ASU Student Space Survey
Results Overview

Date: 3/5/2012 9:57 AM PST
Responses: Completes
Filter: No filter applied
5. Do you have any suggestions for what you would like to see in an Arts common space that may not have been
mentioned?
#
Response
1
It should have some desks and some comfy chairs. It should be in a central location and open at all times.
2
Nothing, as long as there are places to sit (couches, etc.)
3
No. I think this, however, is a great idea!
4
Very comfy couches.
5
Nice art deco? (for the room!)
We should try and model our Arts space on POETS. Make sure there is some sort of large screen we can all watch things on. Maybe have a
6
pool table/ping pong table/other type of game hanging around too.
7
Couches and a small cafe.
8
Lots of desks, chairs and outlets to study. A place to eat, a silent study area and a bathroom or a bathroom near by
9
This was mentioned but seriously: OUTLETS.
We need cats dressed in tuxedos to serve us appetizers every single hour. We should name them Winston, Alfred, Theresa, Elaine, Reginald,
10
Louis, Olivia, and Ophelia. If you notice, the first letters of their names spell out "Waterloo". I believe that having those cats would be the
ultimate source of unity for Arts students and it would greatly enrich my undergraduate experience.
11
Making it available 24/7.
Notices that it exists and is for everyone. There are lounges all over the place that people don't know exist unless they are part of that specific
12
program. This seems especially true for people who are between programs like ARBUS. Don't quite fit with the close group of people from our
major... don't fit with business people, doesn't seem to be somewhere for ARBUS specifically...
13
Unique characteristics to the various faculties - perhaps having all faculties work on decorating it?
14
I would like to see some 'artsy' stuff on the walls to show exactly how ROWDY we arts students really are!
I don't want it turned into something like the SLC where you go and hang out with your friends. One of the great things about the ASU office
15
space is that you get to meet new people. This new area should try to make people who don't know each other interact.
16
No
17
have the fine arts student decorate! make it truly unique to the arts culture
18
Inclusion of videos and games that people can borrow and use
19
A small snack bar, or preferably a drink and food vending machine.
20
no, all sounds good!
Would really like to see a study space, we could always use more of that on campus. Having group rooms in the study space would be an
21
added bonus.
22
N/A
Depending on the space, I think having half of the common space be for studying and the other half be for socializing would be a good idea
23
(like DC where there's general studying and quiet study). And an energy drink machine would be awesome.
The accounting lounge provides private group study rooms that can be booked out. This would just add to the many functions of students
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space. Even if the space ended up being a lounge the rooms would still be used for academic reasons.
It's been mentioned, but one cannot stress enough how much we lack a social space, and a the C&D shouldn't be apart of the ASU office. with
25
a couple silly sofas in front of the office as common space. All students should be offered the same accommodations as provided in other
faculties.
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N/A
27
No.
28
Microwaves
29
MORE PLUGS PLEASE. :)
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Bean bags and foozball table
I think it's absolutely ridiculous that it's taking so long to expand space for Arts students, considering that we make up the largest faculty and
the amount of Engineering buildings that apparently keep popping up is unnecessary! I don't remember there being such an issue with trying to
find space in the libraries or AL being too crowded back in first year; now you're lucky if you can even find a seat in DP or make it out in one
peace in between AL classes!!! * I guess this would be more so comments more than suggestions... but microwaves anI think it's absolutely
ridiculous that it's taking so long to expand space for Arts students, considering that we make up the largest faculty and the amount of
Engineering buildings that apparently keep popping up is unnecessary! I don't remember there being such an issue with trying to find space in
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the libraries or AL being too crowded back in first year; now you're lucky if you can even find a seat in DP or make it out in one peace in
between AL classes!!! * I guess this would be more so comments... more than suggestions... but microwaves anI think it's absolutely ridiculous
that it's taking so long to expand space for Arts students, considering that we make up the largest faculty and the amount of Engineering
buildings that apparently keep popping up is unnecessary! I don't remember there being such an issue with trying to find space in the libraries
or AL being too crowded back in first year; now you're lucky if you can even find a seat in DP or make it out in one peace in between AL
classes!!! * I guess this would be more so comments more than suggestions...
I'd like to see study areas with quiet areas as well as group study areas, a coffee shop in the common space as well, vending machines, plenty
32
of plug points for laptop connection, and I'd like to see it in a central location on campus that is not too difficult to get to.
33
- bulletin board with arts events info and info about asu (meeting times, issues, etc)
34
Movies playing like in Poets!
35
An arts C&D in a larger space where arts students could hang out.
It would be great to have all the important services (offices) directly related to Arts students found located close to this arts common space.
Make this an ARTS space. Lets not make this an engineering or science social space. For years arts students have put kicked to the curb by
other faculties; signs on engineering buildings say "for engineering students ONLY" is inappropriate. Arts students deserve to have a place they
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can call their own. Please do not try to transform some old classroom or office into this new student space. Build these students a place they
can be proud of and will WANT to spend time in. My university experience in Arts has been marked by trash-talking and slander by other
faculties; this is unacceptable and unnecessary. The Arts faculty has been mismanagement and poor leadership. Hopefully this new Dean will
use his voice and stand up for the people he represents. Otherwise, Arts will be lost among a university of constant change and competition.
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Something like a combination of Poets and Comfy Lounge would be amazing.
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- The colour orange. - Fruits, like oranges - a food outlet of sorts (such as a snack/sandwich bar) - Photos of Porcellino.
I think we need more things that strengthen the Arts spirit on campus. We seem to spend a lot of time in the shadow of other faculties in terms
39
of resources, despite being one of the bigger faculties on campus.
40
TV
41
A silent study area where people can study and work in silence.
42
n/a
43
n/a
44
I WANT TO WINN IPAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
45
A cafe type space where you can get coffee and tea
46
I want a free iPad and STARBUCKS ON CAMPUS
47
exhibition of art student's work! ex. fine arts paintings and such.
48
n/a
I think that the best option would be to have a combination of the study and social spaces - this gives people a lot more diversity in what they
49
can do :)
50
Student's work (ex: Fine Arts) showcased. A ceiling projector to be booked.
51
a t.v. and board game that can give the space a more social feel rather than a study space.
I feel Arts deserves a common space equal to those in other factulties because we are greatly shafted. (In terms of study space available and
52
amount of comfortable couches available).
53
This needs to happen. It would be an excelent way to unit the arts faculty even further.
Some students may use this common space for social reasons, over studying. This may distract students who want to use this common space
54
for legitimate reasons, it would be very beneficial if there was a silent study, and study rooms available.
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A boar mural.
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fast internet, place to study with quiet cubicles, food near by for when i get hungry, comfortable space and lots of seats.
57
- a board with all Arts students related programs, clubs, opportunities, ASU notices
58
A quiet study room in addition to the regular study space.
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Decoration and have the place renovated. It will encourage the student and make the student feel better about being an art student
60
comfy chairs
61
Background music, comfortable, spacious, inviting
62
Cafe!!
A study space would be super great, but it could also be incorporated into a meeting space by having some larger tables as well as smaller
63
cubicles for individual use.
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LOTS OF STUDY SPACES, A SILENT AREA, A GROUP AREA, A LOUNGE AREA, MICROWAVE, LOTS OF OUTLETS, COFFEE AREA
Windows - good atmosphere. Don't want to feel closed in. Accessible for everybody. Lots of outlets! A mix of tables and chairs, and then comfy
65
chairs and couches.
- the AHS space is really nice. - Bulletin Boards, with at least some reserved for Arts Specific stuff. *for question 3, by "strongly agree" I meant
66
YES.
67
Wat cards in the Arts C&D.
68
A bigger common space with TV, and fridge and lots of tables where students can either chill or study.
69
More plugs
70
Some AHS chicks, they fine.
71
Nope sounds good, just do it soon! (:
72
Orange walls!
73
Nope, you've pretty much got it covered :)
74
None
75
a large flat screen that showcase the upcoming school events !!
76
Coffee
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n/a
The space should be spacious. For example, the new Environment building has pockets of areas with comfy couches rather than one large
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area. I think one large area would be most suitable. That way the space can be converted to an event space when needed. Tables (regular
size, small coffee table size) would be most preferable.
Having a printing corner, make it convenient and maybe have a couple of computers without stools or anything just so it's a quick stop like the
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area in DP behind the research help desk as if there is a common area that will be more ideal for lounging and sitting etc.
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water fountains must be there
81
It would be nice if the current ASU headquarters moved there. (i.e. you can buy chips in the common space)
82
More computers, more outlets for laptops, a space for Arts students exclusively.
83
Lots of table space! Maybe a Water dispenser too?
84
Coffee shop, large lounge area, maybe something like the poet's coffee shop / lounge...
Licensed pub would be great, but not mandatory. I just want somewhere that is somewhat exclusive to Arts students, and really unites the
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faculty together to some extent.
Making sure that students don't use it as a nap room. As opposed to the math comfy lounge that's constantly full of sleeping students taking up
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all the seating.
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Fridges and crafts like the SJ den
I think the best is having a mix of study tables, outlets and comfy couches. A very good "study/social" space is found at York University's
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"Collaboratory" Learning Commons. It includes booths like those found at fast food restaurants (but large and with outlets), many computers,
study tables, comfy couches. Check it out! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=1bEecqoMQ-Q#!)
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Perhaps a little food shack that serve little snacks, coffee and tea etc. Sorta like what the ASU has.
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Study groups rooms
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