The Center for Urban and Public Affairs (CUPA) has a long history of working
with Wright State University and of partnering with other universities around the
State to complete scientific research projects. A summary of our
Center’s contributions to the University and other state universities can be found in the sections below:
Since 2006, CUPA has conducted annual surveys
of alumni in the Master of Public Administration program as a requirement of
the program’s accreditation. CUPA also conducts annual surveys of alumni in
the Departments of Urban Affairs and Geography.
In 2005, CUPA partnered with the College of
Education and Human Services to conduct a survey of CEHS alumni. This survey
was designed to assess satisfaction with CEHS, as well whether students
would recommend the program. 214 students responded to this mail survey. In
2007, CUPA conducted another alumni survey for the CEHS, obtaining 153
responses to a mail survey. (A previous survey of CEHS alumni was also
conducted in 2002).
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Program Development and Growth
In 2002, CUPA conducted a comprehensive
evaluation of business education and training programs offered by the
University. The evaluation surveyed two populations: 1) chief operating
officers of businesses located in eight Miami Valley counties; and 2) alumni
who graduated from the Master of Business Administration (MBA) in 1996 to
2001. The Business Community Survey (200 completes) evaluated demand for
education program offered by the Raj Soin College of Business and training
programs offered by the Kettering Center for Continuing Education. In
contrast, the MBA Alumni Survey (227 completes) evaluated the quality of
In 2004, the Department of Social Work and the
College of Education and Human Services partnered with CUPA to conduct a
survey of human services agencies in the Miami Valley to assess the need for
a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree. The survey provided social service
agencies an opportunity to voice their opinions and views regarding the need
for an MSW degree at Wright State. Questions were asked of respondents
pertaining to their knowledge of an MSW degree, whether such a degree should
be offered at Wright State, and whether employers would encourage their
employees to obtain such a degree.
In 2005, CUPA partnered with WSU’s College of
Education and Human Services to assess student interest in a doctoral
program. 365 respondents participated in this telephone survey.
In 2006, CUPA partnered with WSU’s College of
Education and Human Services to conduct a survey of university alumni from
several different programs regarding their interest in a Master’s degree in
Organizational Leadership. 142 alumni and over 200 local business leaders
participated in this research, which led to the development of this new
In 2006, CUPA partnered with WSU’s Raj Soin
College of Business to conduct a survey of employers regarding expansion of
the university’s MBA program. 135 employers completed this survey, which
broadly assessed the education needs of employers for their employees, as
well as views of Wright State’s MBA program.
In 2007, CUPA partnered with the College of
Education and Human Services to conduct a survey to assess student interest
in a doctoral program in Sustainable Renewal. 254 respondents participated
in this mail survey.
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Community Magazine is a publication produced
by the Office of Communications and Marketing at Wright State University. In
2000, Communications and Marketing partnered with CUPA to conduct a survey
of WSU alumni to evaluate their satisfaction with Community Magazine.
Questions dealt with magazine content, design, and delivery as well as the
demographics of those who read the magazine. 191 surveys were completed.
In 2003, WSU’s Office of Student Life
contracted with CUPA to conduct a perception survey regarding satisfaction
with and awareness of various aspects of WSU student life. This telephone
survey provided all WSU students who currently commute to campus an equal
opportunity to voice their opinions and views regarding services provided by
the University. A total of 601 interviews were completed.
In 2006 and 2007, CUPA conducted a research
project for a university based research team (Second Mile) regarding
enrollment management. This project consisted of a series of focus groups of
students at the Dayton and Lake Campuses of WSU, as well as synthesis of
secondary data provided by departments across the university, including
Admissions, Financial Aid and Student Services.
In spring 2007, CUPA was contacted by the
General Education Coordinator to conduct a series of focus groups with WSU
faculty, staff and students to obtain their perceptions about the role of
general education at the University. Focus groups were conducted with
faculty and students in spring 2007, and in fall 2007 with staff. A total of
12 focus groups were conducted, with each focus group addressing opinions
concerning general education classes at WSU.
In 2008 and 2009, staff and students from CUPA
partnered with WSU’s Second Mile Group to help impact the strategic
direction of WSU. As part of the Second Mile committee, CUPA staff and
students worked with other committee members to conduct a series of focus
groups with university students regarding communication, as well as other
concerns related to the university. Over 100 students participated in 15
focus groups in 2008 and 2009, which helped the Second Mile Group assess
messaging provided to the university.
In January 2010, CUPA collaborated with the
Second Mile Group to gain the perception of transfer students about their
experiences at Wright State University (WSU). A total of 33 students
participated in five focus groups that were conducted during the week of
January 25, 2010.
Since 2002, CUPA has partnered with WSU’s Office of Residence Services to
conduct over 20 survey or focus group projects. A brief summary of these
projects is listed below:
In 2002-2003, a resident perception survey
(654 completes) was conducted regarding satisfaction with various
aspects of WSU’s campus housing. This survey provided all WSU students
who currently live or previously lived in campus housing an equal
opportunity to voice their opinions and views regarding services
provided by the University.
During 2003-2004, CUPA conducted another
resident perception survey (822 completes) relating to satisfaction with
various aspects of WSU’s campus housing. This iteration of the survey
was complemented by several focus groups conducted with incoming
freshman who were living on campus. Initial focus groups took place in
September to assess students’ immediate opinions on campus life. In
January, the same students participated in focus groups that assessed if
their opinions had changed and why or why not.
In 2004-2005, CUPA conducted a resident
perception survey (648 completes) regarding computing and
telecommunications services provided on campus by Computing and
Telecommunications Services (CaTS). Another resident perception survey
(600 completes) was completes concerning maintenance services provided
by WSU’s Residence Services. Finally, CUPA conducted a series of focus
groups assessing resident’s opinions concerning alcohol use.
During 2005-2006, another iteration of the
resident perception survey (401 completes) relating to satisfaction with
various aspects of WSU’s campus housing was conducted.
In 2007-2008, CUPA conducted a survey (758
completes) examining the opinions of students planning to attend Wright
State University in the fall regarding their housing choices and
During 2008-2009, CUPA conducted a survey
(1,307 completes) to examine the opinions of students living on campus
in campus housing, as well as students who have lived in campus housing
at WSU within the past four years. In previous iterations of this
survey, data was collected from students living in campus housing, as
well as from current students who live off campus, but once lived in
campus housing. This iteration of the survey also added students who no
longer attend WSU either due to graduation, transfer, or withdraw.
In 2009-2010, two new surveys were
conducted on behalf of WSU’s Residence Surveys. The first was a survey
(802 completes) to assess how residents and non-residents viewed dining
services and their views for the future direction of dining services.
The second survey focused on residents’ housing plans for next year and
was completed by both residents (607 completes) and parents (496
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In 2010, Dr. Mary Wenning received a grant to
launch a national investigation of how local government administrators
targeted Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) emergency funds and the
results of those targeted efforts. Wenning partnered with CUPA to conduct a
web-based and telephone survey of NSP administrators. Data from this survey
(344 completes) will improve future federal initiatives, inform NSP
activities in Dayton and surrounding counties, and fill a substantial gap in
the community development, urban planning and public administration
In 2009, CUPA partnered with MPA faculty (Dr.
Killian and Dr. Choudhury) to conduct a survey examining the influences on
and nature of change in the roles of City Managers/Chief Administrators
across the United States. 427 completed surveys were collected via an online
In 2006, CUPA partnered with faculty from
WSU’s Raj Soin College of Business to conduct a survey of Ohio residents
concerning their views of real estate agents and buying real estate. 2,106
telephone interviews were completed with respondents from 71 different
counties across the State.
WSU’s Raj Soin College of Business to conduct
a study concerning the ethics of real estate agents. 733 real estate agents
from all 50 states and the District of Columbia were interviewed. Each
respondent was asked questions concerning real estate agents’ ethics as a
whole as well as questions about specific violations of the Realtor Code of
Ethics that they may have witnessed in the past.
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In 2008, CUPA partnered with the College of
Education and Human Services to conduct the College’s 5-year strategic plan.
25 faculty and staff in the College of Education and Human Services
participated in this planning process.
In 2002, the Center for Urban and Public
Affairs conducted focus groups and a survey to help Wright State University
with their university strategic plan. A survey of 111 faculty was conducted
concerning the classroom availability and equipment in the classrooms; Focus
groups were also conducted with incoming freshman to analyze what makes WSU
a desirable university and what could be improved. The study culminated with
an analysis of where incoming freshman were coming from both on a national
and state level.
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Since 2003, CUPA has partnered with the
College of Education and Human Services as well as numerous external
partners to conduct evaluation related to the Teaching American History
For five years (2003-2007), CUPA partnered
with the Boonshoft School of Medicine to conduct telephone surveys related
to “Know Your Numbers, a multi-county marketing campaign related to blood
pressure and cholesterol awareness. CUPA conducted 13 surveys related to
citizen awareness of marketing related to the campaign. Over 5,000 surveys
were conducted over this five year period.
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Partnerships with Other Universities
For over 20 years,
CUPA was a member of the
Ohio Urban University Program (UUP),
which was a collaboration of the state’s urban universities to focus on research
topics related to Ohio’s urban areas. This partnership lasted from the founding
of the Center in 1986 until the
UUP was eliminated from the State budget in
2009. A few sample projects include:
In 2008, CUPA at partnered with the
University of Toledo (UT)
to conduct an evaluation of the importance of history, Ohio's historic sites
and their value to society. During this study, Wright State conducted 150
telephone interviews, which were then combined with the surveys completed by
the Survey lab at the University of Toledo.
In 2008, CUPA partnered with
Cleveland State University (CSU)
to identify Northeast Ohio citizens’ perceptions of the economy in Northeast
Ohio. Questions primarily focused on satisfaction with the community and
economic conditions in the region. Interviews were conducted from July 26th,
2008 through September 14th, 2008 with 2,300 individuals living within 16
counties in Northeast Ohio.
In 2009, Wright State University’s Center for
Urban and Public Affairs (CUPA)
Miami Valley Research Park (MVRP)
Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education
to conduct a survey and focus groups with companies operating within
Miami Valley Research Park. The goal of the
study was to assess the needs of park residents pertaining to internship and
co-op programs. 22 companies within the park completed the survey that was
distributed, and 14 companies participated in focus groups.
In 2005 and 2006, the
Center for Urban and Public Affairs (CUPA)
Wright State University (WSU)
The Ohio State University (OSU)
to conduct a study analyzing the housing and neighborhood choices of people
who had recently moved in either the Dayton metropolitan area or the
Columbus metropolitan area. The results of the research supported the
efforts of local elected officials and businesses as they attempted to
provide the best houses, neighborhoods and services for residents. The
survey was conducted via mail, and over 2,000 surveys were completed.
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For additional information on the Center for Urban and Public Affairs Survey
Research Lab, or to inquire about a survey, please contact:
Center for Urban & Public Affairs
Wright State University
225 Millett Hall
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy.
Dayton, OH 45435-0001