Survey: What Goods and Services Would You Like to See on Campus?

Survey: What Goods and Services Would You Like to See on Campus?

By Alexis BlueUniversity Communications
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A new survey asks campus community members for feedback on a variety of potential new retail opportunities at the UA, from new snack cart offerings to spa services and more.
A new survey asks campus community members for feedback on a variety of potential new retail opportunities at the UA, from new snack cart offerings to spa services and more.

If you've ever wished you could drop off your dry cleaning, rent a car or get a pedicure without leaving campus, now could be the time to have your voice heard.

A new survey, created by The University of Arizona's Student Affairs Retail Opportunities Work Group, is seeking feedback from the campus community about what types of goods and services students and employees would like to see made available on campus.

From on-campus spa services to new academic support programs to video rentals and even dental care, the survey asks community members to indicate their interest in several potential new campus offerings and tell how frequently they would anticipate using them and how much they would be willing to pay.

Those who take the survey are eligible to win prizes. One staff or faculty member will win an iPod Nano, compliments of UA BookStores, and one in every 150 students who completes the survey will win a $500 award.

The survey was developed by the nine-member Retail Opportunities Work Group, established by the Student Affairs division last fall to identify goods, services and program opportunities that could positively impact students and employees.

The group, made up of employees from various Student Affairs units on campus, meets monthly to discuss ideas, said Bill Ruggirello, Career Services assistant director and co-chairman of the work group.

The 48-question survey, which takes about 15 minutes to complete, includes multiple choice and numerical ratings questions as well as open-ended questions that allow survey-takers to elaborate on what goods and services they would like to see on campus.

"We're looking at things that could make life more convenient for people who are a part of campus," Ruggirello said.

Survey results will be evaluated, and some of the programs with the most interest could be implemented as early as the fall, Ruggirello said. 

The idea is to incorporate new goods and services into existing spaces on campus, not to build new facilities, he said, noting that the addition of new programs and services on campus could provide new revenue opportunities. Ideas that generate the most intersest will be presented to relevant campus units for logistical implementation considerations, Ruggirello said.

The survey is available online through June 28.

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