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Students rate housing and dining tops

12/15/2001

Miami University’s housing and dining operations received high ratings in a recently completed benchmarking study that compares student satisfaction at universities nationwide.

"To be number one among more than 180 major universities on 14 percent of the questions and to be in the top 20 percent on 22 of the 36 questions is spectacular," said Richard Norman, vice president for finance and business services. "It’s a tribute to the dedication and hard work of our housing, dining and guest services staff."

More than 4,000 student customers at Miami responded to a survey that also was given at 182 other universities, including Indiana, North Carolina State and Penn State.

Miami ranked first on five questions, including:

• How satisfied are you with cleanliness of residence halls?

• How satisfied are you with the attitude of the cleaning staff?

• How satisfied are you with timeliness of repairs?

• How satisfied are you with cleanliness of bathroom facilities?

• How satisfied are you with study facilities in your residence hall?

The benchmarking process allowed Miami to compare its results to those at six other selective admission universities, including College of William & Mary, Northwestern University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Rutgers University, Purdue University and the University of Virginia.

In that group, Miami ranked first on 15 of the 36 questions, including quality of dining hall food and dining facility service hours, value of dining hall plan and room assignment policies.

"We wanted to see how we stacked up against other top universities," said Adolph Haislar, senior associate vice president for auxiliary services, of the decision to participate in the national study.

The benchmarking results are merely the latest recognition for housing and dining staff, who also have national awards for effective business practices and cost reduction from the National Association of College and University Business Officers and for use of technology from the National Association of College and University Food Services.

The study was sponsored by the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International and Educational Benchmarking, Inc.

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Miami housing, dining and guest service basics:

  • 780 full-time staff

  • 1,300 student employees

  • 36 residence halls house about 7,000 students

  • 15 food service operations (dining halls, food courts, to-go windows, banquet facilities, etc.) serve about 22,000 meals a day

  • Provides Marcum Center and Inn for visitors and guests

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