[PUBLIC] CUS Survey 2017 Responses
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What year are you in?
What's your primary specialization?
Do you currently volunteer with a CUS Service?
Do you currently volunteer with a CUS-affiliated group?
What area is the most important in terms of getting CUS support? Rank the following: [Personal success]
What area is the most important in terms of getting CUS support? Rank the following: [Professional success]
What area is the most important in terms of getting CUS support? Rank the following: [Academic success]
How satisfied are you with CUS services and affiliated clubs?
Is your undergrad society fee justified by the experience you've had with CUS services and affiliated clubs?
Please provide a comment on your satisfaction with services and clubs
How satisfied are you with the way the CUS communicates events and opportunities?
If you had a question about the CUS, how confident are you in knowing where to find the answer?
What area of the CUS would you like to learn more about?
Does the CUS make decisions in the best interest of students?
How much trust do you have in the current CUS Board of Directors?
How much trust do you have in the current CUS Executive Council?
Additional Comments
2
Year 1UndeclaredNoNo
1 (most important)
2
3 (least important)
7Yes
There's something for everyone! :)
56
Budgeting - how your student fee are spent
677
3
Year 1UndeclaredNoYes
1 (most important)
3 (least important)
27Yes
I've joined some of the clubs affiliated with the CUS and I've had a really great experience so far.
77
Budgeting - how your student fee are spent
777
4
Year 3AccountingYesNo
1 (most important)
2
3 (least important)
5Yes
I guess it depends on how much use the services/clubs, and go to their events. Because there are some really awesome and useful events out there, but being a commuter, I'm often limited in how much time I can commit to them.
55
Budgeting - how your student fee are spent
556
Good job this year with being more transparent overall. Even just announcing things that you guys clearly know about already, but the student body likely doesn't (Eg. publicly announcing the reasons for Andrew Choi's VP Finance resignation). It makes students feel like the CUS is making an effort to engage students with the decisions of the CUS, which can sometimes appear complicated and inaccessible.
5
Year 4+MarketingYesNo
1 (most important)
2
3 (least important)
5Yes
While I don't use all the services (because some simply fit my wants and needs better), the ones I do use are well-worth the money and I'm glad they are supported
52
Budgeting - how your student fee are spent
444
6
Year 2UndeclaredNoNo
1 (most important)
2
3 (least important)
4No
Don't really know what the clubs do, they don't organize enough events and if they do spots are always super limited
31
Budgeting - how your student fee are spent
534
Where does the cus money go besides free coffee?
7
Year 1UndeclaredNoNo
1 (most important)
3 (least important)
24No
I haven't gained any personal benefit from anything
67
Governance - how the CUS makes decisions
444
8
Year 4+
Business Technology Management
NoYes
1 (most important)
2
3 (least important)
5No
I feel that some organizations and clubs get more funding for others. The bigger/ well-known clubs will continue to get the most funding and grow bigger while the small ones will never be able to execute the same events with their limited budgets. I think smaller clubs have a lot to offer but they don't have the resources to do so.
64
Services - the resources and funding the CUS provides
544
Overall, I think the CUS is doing great. I don't know the difference between the BoD and the Executive Council so my answer was pretty neutral for that. It would be great for the CUS to sponsor more BTM/ tech initiatives and events, that would be neat!
9
Year 4+FinanceNoYes
1 (most important)
2
3 (least important)
4No
- I can't comprehend why the CUS makes certain decisions. For example, NSCC is a conference that has been on the decline, but it still has a fat budget. Why not allocate that money to something else, perhaps more money to SPF or create a different conference that can add value to more people? The previous president, Jenn, mentioned the start of BUCS/Tech conference and I think that makes a lot of sense today. Consulting is an extremely lucrative and difficult industry to break into, and yet it gets money to ultimately serve a small number of people. Why not throw money at a BUCS/Tech conference? At least tech is something a lot of people get involved with and find a career in no matter their specialization.

- Why are you still running CMP? Historically known for terrible quality control, once first years realize it's not that good, they don't go back... This is a lot of money and why are you competing with other UBC/CLC services? Why not throw money at them instead who are arguably better organized than CMP?

- I don't hate the CUS, but I definitely find it hard to trust with its judgement on how it allocates its budget
54
Governance - how the CUS makes decisions
233
- In my 4 years at UBC, a huge issue that repeatedly fails to be addressed (or isn't successful), is addressing transparency. I understand that this year, Ombuds blog or whatever it's called is being used as a platform to summarize meetings and decision making. But as we know, sustainability is a huge issue with the CUS and it will probably be forgotten next year. Is it so difficult to make a short video recap of decisions made or something of that nature like a graphic? CUS obviously makes no marketing efforts beyond just having its own members share on FB to their own networks. CUS has to understand not everyone in the faculty is friends with them on FB and this news doesn't get reached to them. CUSunday perhaps?

- I noticed from some of my friends within the CUS (board and exec) is that the usual response to criticism is "oh they don't understand how hard we work" or something dumb like that. How would we know? You guys aren't transparent at all, as mentioned earlier. I've heard of countless negative interactions dealing with your executives from my peers just trying to run their day-to-day club operations. Let's not beat around the bush, have your members own up to poor behaviour, and actually be accountable to your constituents.
10
Year 2UndeclaredNoYes
1 (most important)
2
3 (least important)
6Yes
Of the CUS clubs and services I have been apart of as well as participated in, the experience has always been beneficial and memorable in one way or another. I believe that the hardwork that CUS services and affiliated clubs put in for the Sauder student community shows and is definitely appreciated.
66
Governance - how the CUS makes decisions
777
11
Year 4+
Operations and Logistics
NoYes
1 (most important)
3 (least important)
23No
why do you we have to pay for club fees on top of the $257 we already contribute?
44
Budgeting - how your student fee are spent
433
should have a general calendar to see all CUS events happening
12
Year 3
Business and Computer Science
NoNo
1 (most important)
2
3 (least important)
5No
Clubs events are cool and showy but feels a bit lacking in content and depth. So far I feel that it's good for first or 2nd years who want to "explore" but not as much support are given to upper years who want to go in depth and are seriously worrying over how to plan out their future. I don't feel that I truly got to understand where I was going until I started co-op but not everyone ends up doing co-op right away. I hope the CUS becomes an entity that fills in the gaps Sauder's program misses.
53
Governance - how the CUS makes decisions
555
is there a system for cleaning the CUS lounge in place? I want to heat my lunch there but am hesitant to try my luck sometimes. It's doing much better than other lounges though!
13
Year 4+
Business and Computer Science
YesNo
1 (most important)
2
3 (least important)
5Yes
The services and clubs put on a lot of events but some of them are run better than others. This is not exec or board's fault but more the chairperson. Maybe if they focused on the quality of the events over the quantity, it'd be better. I've noticed that a bunch of clubs and services have their events at the same time. If they coordinated, this would also help attendance.

TLDR: quality over quantity, get clubs to communicate between each other
45Chris Bolton 316
You guys are trying your best, I get it. It's hard. When you're serving the public, you won't please everyone. The Board doesn't do shit.
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Year 3Real EstateNoNo
1 (most important)
2
3 (least important)
2No
Besides HeWe, I don't feel like I'm getting much out of the $250+ fees. Yes conferences and case competitions are subsidized but those are still exclusive to those who can afford/want to pay for the entrance fees. I would much rather pay less in fees and the minority of people who want to participate in competitions paying a bigger portion of their own entrance fees. It's a bit too late for me now but I've always been salty that there wasn't the option to opt out of paying for these services that I don't use.
35
Budgeting - how your student fee are spent
222
HeWe and CMP is great and the agendas are useful but every year they print out way too many and there's so many boxes leftover. The CUS lounge is often pretty dirty, the expensive coffee machines only work 1/2 the time and I don't feel like my student fees were worth it for the benefits I receive.
15
Year 3
Operations and Logistics
NoNo
1 (most important)
2
3 (least important)
3Yes-63
Budgeting - how your student fee are spent
422
16
Year 4+UndeclaredNoNo
1 (most important)
3 (least important)
21No
http://cus.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Budget-Report-dated-July-22nd-2017-1.pdf

I am perplexed as to why POITS and JDC West remain the biggest beneficiaries of the CUS budget, when both these services bring so little overall benefit to the general undergraduate population. Not even considering the fact that POITS is a beer garden and does not promote the overall Sauder social environment in other ways, both of these services benefit a small minority of less than 50 students each and do not improve the overall student experience relative to each of their per student costs (from the ~$250 fees paid per student).

I also believe both of the revenue projections for those two services are grossly understated and will result in a greater deficit by the end of the CUS' fiscal year. The >$200,000 of the two combined services is absurd.

What the CUS is doing on behalf of its students constituents is both financially and socially irresponsible.

I sincerely wished the CUS had more oversight and consideration when making these decisions on how to spend students' undergraduate fees. I hope other students echo the same concerns as mine.
22
Budgeting - how your student fee are spent
121
I have been at Sauder for a great amount of time to know that this CUS Executive Council has made some of the poorest budgeting decisions among the history of UBC's undergraduate societies. I do not have any personal issues with the CUS, but the spending is unrepresentative of the student population. Please fix this.
17
Year 1UndeclaredYesNo2
3 (least important)
1 (most important)
6Yes
I don't like how clubs have membership fees
66
Governance and budgeting
566
18
Year 2UndeclaredYesNo
1 (most important)
2
3 (least important)
5No
The services are good but they are not fully justified by the fees paid.
66
Budgeting - how your student fee are spent
757
19
Year 1UndeclaredNoNo
1 (most important)
3 (least important)
23No
I'm not super involved in school so this is tough
42
Budgeting - how your student fee are spent
444Nope
20
Year 1
Business and Computer Science
NoYes
1 (most important)
2
3 (least important)
5No
I am not well informed on all the activities my fee has funded, and thus I cannot say that I am satisfied. Better information and clarity on what my money is being spent on would help ease that.
46
Budgeting - how your student fee are spent
556
Good work overall!
21
Year 3
Operations and Logistics
NoNo
1 (most important)
3 (least important)
25Yes
Generally great clubs, conferences, and services.
75
Budgeting - how your student fee are spent
555
22
Year 2MarketingNoYes
1 (most important)
2
3 (least important)
5No
Being in a club I know where some of the money goes, but I know other clubs exist that really do nothing so why are they being funded?
66
Budgeting - how your student fee are spent
555
I have no idea who is on the board of directors or executive council
23
Year 1UndeclaredYesNo2
1 (most important)
3 (least important)
5No
There are alot of good clubs and services, but also alot of clubs and services that are super irrelevant and way to specific. Also it seems like alot of clubs have overlapping functions.
63
Budgeting - how your student fee are spent
544
24
Year 4+MarketingNoYes
3 (least important)
1 (most important)
24Yes-33
Budgeting - how your student fee are spent
433
Just noticed sometimes the favourism or making exceptions for friends. For example, I noticed for encouraging first years to vote, there was the samosa incentive, exclusive to first years. While I was sitting in CPA Hall waiting for someone, I noticed the administrator eating samosas himself while giving them to his friends (not in first year) and CUS execs as they walked by. One of his friends (don't think she was on the voting team) was helping herself to many samosas while just chatting to him as she sat next to him. I feel like if there are rules, they should be followed and not bent because of friends, especially if the CUS exec is in plain view.
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Year 1UndeclaredNoYes2
1 (most important)
3 (least important)
7Yes
There are so many clubs and services to choose from
76
Budgeting - how your student fee are spent
765
26
Year 4+
Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources
YesNo
3 (least important)
1 (most important)
25No
I like the clubs and services but I don't know if its work $250
36
Services - the resources and funding the CUS provides
657
I follow a lot of CUS pages but I still don't hear about some events until it is too late
27
Year 4+AccountingYesYes2
1 (most important)
3 (least important)
2No
I’m not saying that money is being thrown around and wasted but some services/clubs have/spend money on things that don’t provide much benefit to students while other essential services are starved for funding.
17
Services - the resources and funding the CUS provides
211
Can the CUS just swallow its pride and admit to cultural issues at Sauder? The Sauder School of Snakes/Corrupt Undergraduate Society memes are popular because they have truth to them. Recognize the issues and take action. Have we even taking comm 292? Telling people to stop using the snake emoji doesn’t solve the problem.
28
Year 2AccountingNoNo
3 (least important)
1 (most important)
25No
U need to post all ur benefits to Sauder students in bullets over the faculty
55
Budgeting - how your student fee are spent
554
29
Year 3
Business and Computer Science
NoNo2
1 (most important)
3 (least important)
3No
The services and clubs do not provide the value to me professionally or academically to justify this large fee. Also, I often have to pay extra for memberships to these clubs and for services such as lockers.
42
Budgeting - how your student fee are spent
222
I know that there are a lot of people in the CUS who are trying very hard and doing a good job but I think that this is heavily overshadowed by the rest of the organization's preferential and elitist behaviour. I do not feel represented by the CUS.
30
Year 1UndeclaredNoNo
3 (least important)
1 (most important)
23No
As a first year the clubs are confusing - which ones need payment, which ones are overly time consuming, what it really means to join a club... etc.
42
Budgeting - how your student fee are spent
433
31
Year 2UndeclaredYesYes
3 (least important)
1 (most important)
26Yes
Looking at the CUS budget, it’s clear that the $256 per student is used towards great purposes. However, it’s always the same group of people attending the same events. I’m not sure what proportion of the Sauder community actually benefits from these services and clubs.
65
Services - the resources and funding the CUS provides
666
32
Year 3MarketingNoNo2
1 (most important)
3 (least important)
5Yes
satisfied, would be nice to see the exact break down of that fee
63
Budgeting - how your student fee are spent
455
33
Year 2UndeclaredNoNo2
1 (most important)
3 (least important)
4No
For students who are not directly related involved in the executive teams of the CUS clubs, the society fee does not contribute anything valuable to the students general experience with the clubs, as other membership fees still need to be paid.
53
Budgeting - how your student fee are spent
443
34
Year 1UndeclaredNoNo2
1 (most important)
3 (least important)
4No
With the abundance of services & clubs, I feel like some are overshadowed by others i.e. I seem to only know less than 26 services & 12 clubs, and it's usually the same clubs & services promoted over and over
66
Services - the resources and funding the CUS provides
577
35
Year 4+MarketingNoNo2
1 (most important)
3 (least important)
6No
The clubs and services do not provide enough to justify the CUS fees. It seems like the money is often used for certain groups in particular without outwardly benefiting the entire group of Commerce students.
57
Services - the resources and funding the CUS provides
655
36
Year 3
Business and Computer Science
YesNo
3 (least important)
1 (most important)
24No
Please read "Additional Comments".
46
Budgeting - how your student fee are spent
365
This is my opinion obviously and it should be weighed equally with any other student's, but the CUS fee is too high. There should not be as much subsidization for as many clubs/services when you consider the value it has on a relatively minor percentage of the undergrad population. Certain clubs/services could be cut from operating under the CUS (or affiliation) and could/should operate under the AMS instead if they wish to continue operating. Instead, registration prices for each individual registering student should be increased rather than levying a ridiculously high fee for all undergrads.

The distribution of the budget across the CUS' various clubs/services should also be reevaluated as the parity is astonishingly low. Some clubs/services are given budgets close to $100k whereas some smaller, and arguably more deserving clubs/services receive less than 10% of these larger clubs' amounts.

Additionally, I've heard an explanation before where the undergrad society fee also incorporates the building cost (ie. renovations, upgrades) but to my belief, this cost is not substantial and remains distinct. Please lower the CUS fee to below $150, at the very most.
37
Year 1UndeclaredNoNo
3 (least important)
1 (most important)
26Yes
I'm really excited for the events they put up
67
Governance - how the CUS makes decisions
657
38
Year 4+MarketingNoNo2
1 (most important)
3 (least important)
5Yes
Not involved currently but experience with cus services have been instrumental in my personal and professional development
57
Budgeting - how your student fee are spent
455
39
Year 1UndeclaredNoNo
3 (least important)
1 (most important)
26NoIt's alright 76
Services - the resources and funding the CUS provides
666
40
Year 3
Business and Computer Science
YesNo2
1 (most important)
3 (least important)
5No
Redundancies, clubs for the sake of being involved in a club, levels on levels of governance and hierarchy with nothing actually getting done.
43
Governance - how the CUS makes decisions
323
41
Year 1MarketingNoNo2
1 (most important)
3 (least important)
6YesExcited45
Services - the resources and funding the CUS provides
777
42
Year 1
Business and Computer Science
NoYes2
1 (most important)
3 (least important)
6Yes
I'm very satisfied
56
Budgeting - how your student fee are spent
555
I think I just don't know who they are.
43
Year 1FinanceYesNo
3 (least important)
2
1 (most important)
7Yes
I've really enjoyed HeWe and the food that they provide. The food is very tasty and makes up for a long day.
76
Governance - how the CUS makes decisions
766
44
Year 1UndeclaredNoYes2
3 (least important)
1 (most important)
5No
I've used CMP and HeWe is great but everything else was too overwhelming for 1st year.
32
Services - the resources and funding the CUS provides
444
45
Year 4+
Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources
YesNo
3 (least important)
2
1 (most important)
5Yes
I didn't know we had that many clubs.
53
Budgeting - how your student fee are spent
455
46
Year 2AccountingYesNo2
3 (least important)
1 (most important)
5Yes
Overall very strong club events, and services, could have stronger marketing in general to alert the student body to opportunities
33
Governance - how the CUS makes decisions
555
Lack of marketing of external opportunities, otherwise great job :) <3
47
Year 1UndeclaredNoNo2
3 (least important)
1 (most important)
6Yes
Although the fee is admittedly quite hefty, I can understand why it needs to be that high. However, I would appreciate if it could be lowered especially because many clubs require payment for membership and I don't avail of many of the clubs/services I pay for.
66
Budgeting - how your student fee are spent
666
48
Year 1UndeclaredNoYes2
3 (least important)
1 (most important)
6Yes
Provides a lot of support (especially financial support) to clubs
56
Services - the resources and funding the CUS provides
555
49
Year 1UndeclaredYesNo
3 (least important)
2
1 (most important)
5Yes
Volunteering for the service I'm in is very helpful and life-learning for the future!
64
Budgeting - how your student fee are spent
455
50
Year 4+MarketingNoNo
3 (least important)
2
1 (most important)
5No
Services are supposed to be exclusively for Sauder students but often other faculties benefit (eg: POITS)... also if we are not in any of the CUS clubs we are not really benefiting
64
Budgeting - how your student fee are spent
665
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