University of Nebraska survey finds lower satisfaction among Black & female students

Most of the questions were related to feeling welcomed and treated with respect by faculty and fellow students
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – A statewide survey of the University of Nebraska system reveals overall student satisfaction is high, but numbers were noticeably lower among Black and female students.

The four state universities conducted a Gallup poll last fall asking students, faculty and staff to rate their experiences.

Most of the questions were related to feeling welcomed and treated with respect by faculty and fellow students.

Answers were grouped by race and gender and rated on a scale of 0 to 5, with 0 being “I don’t know” and 5 being “strongly agree.”

One question asked students if they felt respected by their peers.

Although nearly 47 percent of participants said they strongly agreed, only 35 percent of Black participants agreed.

Additionally, male students at Lincoln strongly agreed 55 percent of the time, while female students only did so 44 percent of the time.

“Black students and colleagues in particular responded less favorably on some measures of inclusiveness and engagement,” the leadership’s email said. “We are not an outlier nationally in this regard. Yet these results tell us that while we can be proud of our strong foundation, we must make certain that our work to make the University of Nebraska a destination of choice is inclusive of people of all backgrounds.”

Complete results, broken down by campus, are available here.

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