Take Spring 2023 Student Pulse Survey #2

March 9, 2023

Dear Berkeley undergraduate student,

We invite you to take the second Student Pulse Survey of the spring term. These confidential, one-minute pulse surveys capture your feedback so we can better support you. As a token of our appreciation, if you complete the survey, you will have a chance to win a $100 gift card of your choice.

Spring 2023 Pulse Survey #2 is now open
This Pulse Survey asks for your thoughts on your use of campus spaces, potential uses for a mobile Cal 1 Card, and your experiences of housing insecurity. A link to the Pulse Survey is below and appears as a task in CalCentral. The survey is confidential and results will be displayed only in the aggregate. The survey closes on Thursday, March 23.

Take Spring 2023 Pulse Survey #2

Results from Spring 2023 Pulse Survey #1
The results from the Spring 2023 Student Pulse Survey #1 will be available on the Pulse Survey website, and below are some findings:

  • During the United Auto Workers strike in Fall 2022, 60% of undergraduate students reported studying with their peers; 35% attended faculty or lecturer office hours or study sessions; 21% said their graduate student instructors were available to them or they did not need GSIs for academic support; and 19% used the Student Learning Center and other on-campus resources.
    • While the 2022 UAW contract negotiations and strike period is over, the work of rebuilding is just beginning. The campus created a post-strike recovery website to provide information and updates about the post-strike recovery efforts.
  • About one-fifth (21%) of graduate students and 29% of undergraduate students self-reported symptoms of anxiety. In Spring 2022, those numbers were 28% and 36%, respectively. Self-reported symptoms of depression are lower among all students (13% of graduate students; 19% of undergraduate students) compared to the beginning of Spring 2022 (19% and 28%). While these numbers are trending down, many students still need support. The Tang Center offers a variety of Counseling and Psychological Services you can explore:
    • Let's Talk - An informal, confidential, free, drop in service to help students access support, provide perspective, explore resources and options and discuss how counseling might be helpful.
    • Group Counseling - Group therapy works! In studies comparing group psychotherapy to individual therapy, group therapy has been shown to be as effective and sometimes even more effective than individual counseling.
    • Additional community-specific resources are available.
  • For undergraduates who are not planning to take UC Berkeley Summer Sessions classes this summer, 26% cited lack of financial aid, scholarships, or other financial help.
    • Over six in ten undergraduate students receive some form of financial aid and scholarships. However, not all students are aware that resources are available year round.
    • More information about summer financial aid programs, such as the UC Summer Fee Grant, Summer Pell Grants, Berkeley Summer Grants, and Summer Parent Grants, can be found on the Financial Aid & Scholarships website.

Survey drawing winners
Congratulations to the following recipients of $100 gift cards from Spring 2023 Pulse Survey #1:

  • Frances Melendres, Nutritional Science undergraduate
  • Justin Jones, English and Film & Media undergraduate
  • Angel Lagunas, L&S undergraduate
  • Elizabeth Matus, CED undergraduate
  • Mara Reed, Earth and Planetary Science graduate student
  • Wentao (Lynn) Li, Analytics graduate student

Additional information about the Pulse Survey, including results from previous surveys, will be available on the Undergraduate Education website. If you have any questions or concerns with the Pulse Survey, please contact UE_DataTeam@berkeley.edu.

Thanking you in advance for your participation in the survey and wishing you every success this semester.

Fiat Lux,

Oliver M. O’Reilly
Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education

Lisa García Bedolla
Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Dean of the Graduate Division

Stephen C. Sutton
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

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