The VOICE Report is perhaps the most effective means for today’s student body to have a lasting impact on the strategic planning of IU-Bloomington as whole. In 2007, the first Vision of the Ideal College Environment (VOICE) Report was commissioned by President Michael McRobbie in order to “find out what students think about the present campus environment and how they would make it better.” In short, it was a collection of student perspectives on the current and ideal states of Indiana University and the measures that students, faculty, administrators, and the city can take to bridge the gap between where the University is and where it could – and should – be. The report examined all aspects of life at Indiana University, and when completed, provided a framework of improvements to IU that were utilized by administration, faculty, and student leaders over the past four years. While some recommendations were not enacted, all were considered and a number implemented – a prominent example being the recommendation to place WiFi connectivity in all of IU’s dormitories.
Our IUSA administration set out to produce a new report based off of the dynamic and ever-changing student body of IU-Bloomington. The 2013 report is an extensive – though not comprehensive – list of findings and recommendations that details the ways in which students and administrators can improve the college experience at Indiana University. All recommendations are data-driven based off of a 200+ question survey examining countless aspects of college life at IU. This report focuses on quality rather than quantity of recommendations, and will attempt to flesh out the details of each recommendation as thoroughly as possible. Roughly 5,000 students respodded to the survey, which, when used in conjunction with multiple focus group results, will serve to produce a 130 page report that can be used for students, administrators, and faculty alike.
To download the 2013 VOICE Report, please click the following link: The 2013 VOICE Report.