Design of survey modules on student diversity

In order to promote equal opportunities and as a preventive measure against discrimination, a questionnaire for a survey was developed in the project "Conception of survey modules on student diversity" from October 2018 to March 2020 (Project funding: Central Study Quality Funds).
The project builds on the experience and data of advisors within the university as well as centrally and decentrally designed surveys. In order to achieve a high quality and accuracy of the survey modules, the expert knowledge of university staff, e.g. from counselling centres and the faculties, as well as student representatives were included in the development. Diversity aspects from current nationwide surveys and surveys of other universities were also taken into account and external experts were consulted.
The survey modules include questions about the person and life situation, experiences of disadvantage/discrimination as well as questions about other diversity-relevant experiences and the students' study experience.
The aim was to develop an instrument that can be used for a university-wide survey. With such a data collection, the university pursues the goals:

  • improve services and measures for students
  • to prevent discrimination in the long term
  • to improve the study conditions for all students at the university

Conducting a pre-test January/February 2020

In January/February 2020, the developed questionnaire was tested at the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, the Faculty of Humanities and the Faculty of Social Sciences. Students were also invited to leave comments on how to improve the questionnaire.
Overall, many students took part in all three faculties and gave us valuable suggestions for improving the questionnaire. The evaluation of the pretest has not yet been completed. With the help of the student feedback, we will be able to further improve the questionnaire in some areas so that the student experience will be addressed in the best possible way in the future.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the students who took part in the pretest and thus supported the further development of the questionnaire, as well as all the colleagues who made it possible to carry out the pretest.