This week, the Orient sent out its biannual approval rating survey, known as the Bowdoin Orient Student Survey, to gauge student opinion on campus institutions. The survey was sent to all 1,973 students and yielded 504 responses (25.5 percent).
Like previous iterations, this semester’s survey included questions about demographics, academics, lifestyle and approval of campus figures and organizations.
Dining Services and the faculty continue to have the highest approval ratings, 95.3 and 94.3 percent respectively, while Brunswick Police Department (BPD) again received the lowest approval rating—15.1 percent—and a 53.9 percent disapproval rating after months of tension between students and the police.
President Clayton Rose’s approval ratings dropped 17.3 percentage points from last semester. His approval numbers have been declining over the past years, from 74.1 percent last fall to 59.8 percent last spring to 42.5 this semester.
Several other institutions saw significantly decreased approval ratings compared to last year. Bowdoin Student Government (BSG) president Ural Mishra ’20 received an approval rating of 36.9 percent, a 28.5 percent decrease from the approval rating of the BSG president this time last year. Approval of Information Technology (IT) also fell almost 12 percentage points, likely a result of Wi-Fi issues this semester. The Student Activities Funding Committee’s approval rating dropped 10 points.
New leadership in the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs following the replacement of Tim Foster with now-Dean of Student Affairs Janet Lohmann does not seem to have changed student approval of the office, remaining at around 45 percent. The rebranded Career Planning Center, now called Career Exploration and Development, has slightly improved its approval rating from 40.7 percent last semester to 46.5 this semester.
Respondents were slightly more optimistic than pessimistic about the future, with 55 percent saying they think the world will be better 25 years from now.