For a three week period from February 4-25, 2016, members of the university community, including students, alumni, staff, faculty, donors, University Senate and the Board of Governors, were invited to complete an online survey.

A total of 2,699 survey responses were received representing the following groups:

  • 40% students (with approximately 80% indicating undergraduate and 20% graduate)
  • 30% staff
  • 16% faculty
  • 5% alumna/alumnus
  • 4% other
  • 2% senior administrator
  • 2% Board of Governors and Senate members
  • 1% donor

The following highlights are displayed using word clouds. Word clouds highlight the most frequently occurring words among survey responses and reveal concepts worth exploring. The larger the word, the more frequently it occurred throughout the data. Some other frequently occurring words (e.g. the, and) were omitted from the list that generated these figures due to their lack of relevancy and meaningfulness in relation to the underlying themes.

Thinking about the University of Saskatchewan today, what words or phrases immediately come to mind to describe our university?
Thinking about the University of Saskatchewan ten years from now, operating at its highest potential, what words or phrases immediately come to mind to describe our university?
What distinguishes the University of Saskatchewan from other universities?
What makes you proud to be connected to the University of Saskatchewan?
What words or phrases best describe or fit our mission?
The words “excellence” and “knowledge” have been removed from the word cloud due to increased probability of being selected as they were attached to multiple provided options (e.g. knowledge application, knowledge creation, academic excellence, research excellence, etc.)
What words or phrases best describe or fit our vision?
The words “excellence” and “knowledge” have been removed from the word cloud due to increased probability of being selected as they were attached to multiple provided options (e.g. knowledge application, knowledge creation, academic excellence, research excellence, etc.)
What words or phrases best describe or fit our values?