Survey results and our response
With over 20% of the audience responding to the UCAR Quarterly survey, we are ready to announce some changes. However, this doesn't mean it's too late to fill out the survey. We will continue to tally results as they come in, and we're willing to reconsider changes or make additional ones as you request.
Coverage. We asked your preference for the amount of coverage of the following types of stories: UCAR-centered science, programs, opportunities for collaboration, educational/community efforts and views from management, and member university-centered science.
For every type of article, more respondents wanted to keep the same level of coverage than asked for changes, either more or less. However, results for a few types were close. For UCAR-centered science, 44% of those who answered the question asked for more, 48% for the same, and only 8% for less. Member news received the highest "less" rating of any category at 34%, but also the highest "more" rating at 22%.
After considerable thought, we have decided to drop the member profiles. In their stead, we will add more short articles on UCAR research and also more Science Bits, which offer brief summaries of member news. We will lose the spotlight on a few universities, but we will gain a wider view of the many advances that are taking place here and at the member institutions.
- Notice of opportunities. We asked if you would like to be notified of the following kinds of opportunities: deadlines for facilities use, visiting scientist positions, student programs, professional meetings, and professional training sessions. The last three categories had a majority of "yes" responses, with professional meetings coming in first, student opportunities second, and training third.
To meet this need, we will give advance notification of these kinds of opportunities when possible. However, since we publish only quarterly (and 78% of respondents want us to stay quarterly), many application deadlines come and go between issue dates. For these, please read on.
- E-mail notification. Ninety-one percent of respondents have Web access, although most of you prefer the paper copy to screen reading. Almost half, however, would like to receive e-mail notification of articles, with full text on the Web. Mulling over these facts, we have decided to announce most upcoming meetings, student opportunities, and training sessions by e-mail. We will enhance our existing e-mail feature, UCARline, which currently focuses on UCAR job openings, upcoming talks, and visitors. Watch the next issue of the Quarterly for information on how to subscribe.
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Last revised: Tue Apr 4 15:03:21 MDT 2000