UC Berkeley Press Release
The ABCs of UCUES — How it’s conducted
A 360-degree view of a student body
& Identity: Family background, keeping in touch with home,
The survey begins with a core group of questions — about family background, educational and social experience at Cal. Respondents are also assigned randomly to complete one of five modules — on academic engagement, civic engagement, student development, student services, and a “wild card” topic chosen by each UC campus. Berkeley’s 2007 wild card topic was diversity.
At UC Berkeley, the Office of Student Research (OSR) administers UCUES — which, unlike other national higher-ed surveys, includes all class levels, freshmen through seniors, as well as transfer students. Each year OSR gives out $4,000 to $5,000 worth of prizes, by lottery, to respondents, with a grand prize of $1,000. In 2007, 11,957 out of 23,278 spring-semester Berkeley undergrads (51.4%) took the survey.