By Sarah Carlson, Staff Writer
University Dining Services recently conducted a survey to find out students’ opinions of campus dining.
Cory Bourg, director of ARAMARK Food Service, said in an e-mail that Dining Services is hoping to get feedback from students on “menu offerings, times of operations, selection, variety, quality, service and the best locations for us to serve the students, faculty and staff.”
Students could rate different areas of the campus, such as the Bean, Bean Sprout and Connections CafZ, on overall experience, food quality and variety and the value and price of the food.
Similar questions about how often a student eats breakfast, lunch or dinner and what type of restaurants they visit in an average week give Dining Services a better idea of what students like and dislike, Bourg said.
Bourg said the survey is expensive to conduct, but the results are taken seriously.
“If there are different services or offerings that we can provide, sometimes a survey will bring these things to our attention, and we can make changes where they are appropriate,” Bourg said.
Every student who completed the survey could choose to enter a contest to win a free roundtrip airline ticket to anywhere in the country, and the winner will be notified by e-mail.
This same promotion was done last year, Bourg said, and the airline tickets arrived about two weeks after the survey was completed.
Changes will likely be made if a particular topic receives low marks, Bourg said. He added that a topic that receives high marks will also get attention.
“Some of the best ideas and offerings across the country started with a suggestion from a student,” Bourg said. “We are here for the students.”