Every semester the SRC sends out an email to all enrolled students inviting them to join the Student Voice. Over 3,000 students agree to take the surveys, and each survey receives between 1,300 to 2,500 responses. Since the Student Voice group represents a broad statistical cross-section of campus, the Student Representative Council can generally conclude that the results of the surveys represent the overall opinion of the BYU-Idaho student body on a particular issue.
Each week, the SRC invites a "small army" of volunteers to meet for two hours in a campus computer lab. In a process not unlike family history indexing, Student Voice Volunteers use an online database program to share the work of sorting, summarizing, and discussing students' responses to open-ended survey questions. Click here to sign up to be a Student Voice Volunteer!
The Power of Data
By giving student representatives the ability to directly ask students their opinions, concerns, and suggestions on the most important issues facing BYU-Idaho, the Student Voice empowers the SRC to take a more active role in representing students. As student representatives identify widespread student concerns, they use statistics from the Student Voice to show the degree to which certain problems are affecting students. Even more, they propose solutions to those problems that come directly from the students that are most deeply affected by them.
Check out the latest reports compiled from the Student Voice: