Question of the Month

July-August 2018 Question of the Month

Family Engagement publishes an annual hard-copy Family Guide each year. It is distributed at Orientation, Fall Welcome, Family Weekend and other events. Do you read...
Answer  
All or most of it 36.6%
Some of it 26.6%
Little or none of it  6.5%
Not aware of it 28.9%
No Responses 0.0%

May 2018 Question of the Month

Which of these concerns have you most discussed with your student during this past year?
Answer  
Academics 30.3%
Billing/Financial Aid 16.4%
Campus or Community Involvement 3.8%
Career Planning 11.2%
Living Situation 7.3%
Mental/Emotional Health 7.3%
Physical Health 1.2%
Personal Relationships 5.6%
Safety 3.4%
Time Management/Study Skills 10.3%

 

April 2018 Question of the Month

How likely is it that your graduating student will live at home, at least for a little while, after graduation?

Answer Number of Responses Response Ratio
I'm sure of it 41 15.4%
Very likely 61 23.0%
Somewhat likely 77 29.0%
Rather unlikely 62 23.3%
Not a chance 17 6.4%
No response 5 1.8%
Total 265 100%

 

March 2018 Question of the Month

Would you participate in online interactive information sessions focused on specific topics? These sessions would be facilitated by our campus experts and hosted by WMU Family Engagement.

Answer Number of Responses Response Ratio
Yes 68 34.5%
Maybe 100 50.7%
Not interested 25 12.6%
No responses 4 2%
Total 197 100%

Select the top three topics that would be helpful to you to better support your student.

Answer Number of responses Response ratio
Mental/emotional health 71 37.7%
Academic resources 90 47.8%
Time management/study skills 71 37.7%
Financial literacy 80 42.5%
Involvement outside the classroom 59 31.3%
Career planning 126 67.0%
WMU Signature 2 1.0%
Campus Safety 27 14.3%
Other (Nutrition, Internships, Graduate school admissions, Gender identity, sexual orientation, College costs, Over-involvement) 5 2.6%


February 2018 Question of the Month

How much influence do you think you should have on your student's career choice?

Answer Number of Responses Response Ratio
A Lot 18 3.4%
Some 199 37.7%
A Little 171 32.4%
Very Little 114 21.6%
None 23 4.3%
No Responses 2 <1%
Total 527 100%

 

January 2018 Question of the Month

What has been or is your greatest concern regarding your student?

Answer Number of Responses Response Ratio
Academics 63 15.6%
Involvement opportunities outside the classroom 24 5.9%
Career planning 49 12.1%
Finances 63 15.6%
Living situation 13 3.2%
Mental health 31 7.6%
Personal relationships 36 8.9%
Physical health 4 <1%
Safety 23 5.7%
Time management / study skills 68 16.8%
None 23 5.7%
No responses 6 1.4%
Total 403 100%

 

November/December 2017 Question of the Month

 Do you feel that you are well-informed about safety on WMU's campus and the steps we take to keep students informed about their personal safety?

Answer Number of Responses Response Ratio
Yes, my student and I have all the information we need 110 28.1%
I know about some resources but could use more information. 150 38.3%
I'm not sure what procedures you use or how to find information 88 21.9%
I don't have a clue about what is available. 41 10.4%
No Response 3 <1%
Total 391 100%

Are you following the Twitter advisory messages offered by WMU Public Safety for emergency and non-emergency advisories? (You can get these messages via texts if you don't have a Twitter account.

Answer Number of Responses Response Ratio
Yes 61 15.6%
No 133 34.0%
I don't know about this. Tell me more. 176 45.0%
I'm not interested. 16 4.0%
No Responses 5 1.2%
Total 391 100%

 

October 2017 Question of the Month

Do you have enough information about WMU academic support services to 
advise your student when help is needed and how your student taps into 
these services?

Answer Number of Responses Response Ratio
Absolutely yes! I have all the information I need. 131 12.8%
I know about some resources but could use more information. 310 30.3%
I'm not sure what's available or how my student finds information. 290 28.4%
I don't have a clue about what is available. 101 9.9%
My student is self-sufficient and doesn't need my help in finding resources. 145 14.2%
My student doesn't ask for my advice or assistance. 41 4.0%
Total 1020 100%

 

September 2017 Question of the Month

 Do you (or did you) support your student working during their first semester/year of college?

Answer Number of Responses Response Ratio  
Yes 776 51.9%  
No 638 42.6%  
Not Sure 76 5%  

If your answer is yes, during the first semester/year, does (or did) your student work...

Answer Number of responses Response ratio  
On campus 328 21.9%  
Off campus 163 10.9%  
Still looking for a job 288 19.2%  

 

August 2017 Question of the Month

WMU's Family Engagement office is dedicated to parents and families of WMU students. How valuable are the following resources? Please rank in order of importance.

Answer

Ranking Score

(1=least/5=most important)
Having a direct contact person (liaison) to assist me with questions/concerns 3.5
Hard-copy Family Guide, published annually 2.6
WMU Family Connection e-newsletters 3.3
Family Engagement Facebook page 2.6
Annual Family Weekend, hosted by Family Engagement 3.0
Total Number of responses: 478
* The Rating Score is the weighted average calculated by dividing the sum of all weighted ratings by the number of total responses.

 

July 2017 Question of the Month

  • Who typically initiates communication between you and your student?
   Number of Response(s)  Response Ratio
 Mostly me  101  45.0%
 Mostly my student  7  3.1%
 We're pretty equal  117  52.2%
 Total  224  100%


May 2017 Question of the Month

While your student was in high school, what information was (or would have been) most helpful to know in selecting a college? (Select your top three priorities.)

 April 2017 Question of the Month

  • How often do you communicate with your student?
  Number of Response(s) Response Ratio
More than once a day 151 13.6%
About once a day 258 23.2%
2-3 times a week 410 36.9%
About once a week 232 20.9%
2-3 times a month 42 3.7%
Almost once a month 10 <1%
2-3 times a semester 1 <1%
Almost never 0 0.0%
No responses 5 <1%
Total 1109 100%