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A Letter from the President

At Aurora University, we are dedicated to helping our students realize their goals for the future. Periodically we administer a survey instrument called the Student Satisfaction Inventory (SSI). Participants are asked to indicate how important a particular program or service is to them and then are invited to share their level of satisfaction with the institution’s performance.

Over 60% of AU undergraduates responded to the SSI in February. This rate of participation is remarkable, according to the firm that we partner with on the SSI. Better yet, our scores indicated a high level of satisfaction in most areas. In this edition of the family newsletter, we want to share with you the summary developed by the company that processed our data.

For 2022, AU traditional undergraduate students were very satisfied with all items, regardless of its identification as a strength or a challenge. In fact, their level of satisfaction for all items either met or significantly exceeded that of students at other 4-year private schools within the Midwest. Notably, three advising items rose to the level of strengths and student satisfaction was significantly better than at peer institutions. The difference with the challenge items was that AU students viewed the items with such high level of importance that there is room to narrow the gap between their view of importance and level of satisfaction.

▲ represents items where the AU results are significantly higher than the comparison group.
▼ shows a significantly lower level of satisfaction compared to peers.
No triangle means the results were not significantly different from peers.
No comparisons (N/A) are available for the “Campus item” topics, which AU added separately.

SSI Strengths vs. Comparison*
The campus is safe and secure for all students.
My academic advisor is knowledgeable about requirements in my major.
Security staff respond quickly in emergencies.
Nearly all of the faculty are knowledgeable in their field.  
My academic advisor is approachable.
Campus item: Students of color are made to feel welcome here. N/A
Campus item: My academic advisor is available and able to answer questions. N/A
Campus item: This college has a positive racial climate. N/A
Campus item: Students from different backgrounds feel comfortable here. N/A
On the whole, the campus is well-maintained.
There is a commitment to academic excellence on this campus.
Tutoring services are readily available.
Faculty are usually available after class and during office hours.
Academic support services adequately meet the needs of students.
Males and females have equal opportunities to participate in intercollegiate athletics.
The personnel involved in registration are helpful.
Computer labs are adequate and accessible.
SSI Challenges  
I am able to register for classes I need with few conflicts.
The quality of instruction I receive in most of my classes is excellent.
Adequate financial aid is available for most students.
It is an enjoyable experience to be a student on this campus.
This institution shows concern for students as individuals.
Faculty provide timely feedback about student progress in a course.

*Aurora University results compared to 4-year private institutions in the Midwest.

Please know that our work is just beginning. I provided a similar update to your AU student last week via email. Now we will distribute findings to various offices and programs on campus (anonymous of course). Faculty and staff then will schedule listening sessions to ensure that they understand the messages conveyed.

At the conclusion of this phase of the process, we will begin to develop recommendations for positive improvements throughout the university. Here too, we will tell you what we have learned and how we intend to improve. Please do not hesitate to share any questions you may have with me at

Dr. Sherrick Signature
Rebecca L. Sherrick, PhD

Campus prepares for commencement

The excitement is building for May 2022 Commencement. More than 700 undergraduates and over 500 graduate students will walk across the stage this spring. Plans call for two noon ceremonies on the University Quadrangle: Saturday, May 7, for undergraduates, and Sunday, May 8, for graduate students. Graduation candidates can pick up their regalia during Cap and Gown Days on Wednesday, April 6, and Thursday, April 7, from 10 a.m.–6 p.m. in the Institute for Collaboration. For more information about commencement, visit

On-campus housing still available for 2022–2023

There’s been a record number of students signing up to live on campus and be part of our residential community next year. Residence halls for 2022–2023 will include free laundry and printing, more air-conditioned rooms, dedicated study spaces and lounges, and fitness centers. Residents will also be able to choose from five new meal plan options. There is still time to reserve housing for next year, but spaces are going quickly! To apply, students can go to eRezLife through their Okta account or visit

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