Grad Student Life Survey
The Internal Committee of the Associated Graduate Students (AGS) launched the Graduate Student Life Survey in 2013-14 with the primary goal of identifying strengths and weaknesses in the UCI graduate student experience. The motivation for the survey was to collect and present comprehensive, empirical data. These data not only aid AGS in its advocacy efforts on behalf of graduate students, but also provide information for campus partners regarding student needs. With advocacy in mind, our report focuses most heavily on areas we have identified as needing improvement or further attention. These areas include mental health, housing, parking, income, professional development, and awareness of AGS programming and services. The following report describes our key findings, with survey details and statistical modeling available in this document’s appendix.
Graduate and professional students at UCI identify affordability as their primary housing concern. As little as two years ago 90% of graduate students were spending more than the federal housing guideline of 30% of household income on rent.
Since then, AGS has been able to make several large strides in improving affordability for grad students:
- Conversion of Campus Village to graduate housing (with free parking!), providing more lower expense housing options
- No assignment of students to ACC Housing units (VDC,VDC Norte, Puerta Del Sol) without request
Our struggle is far from over. UCI’s greatest impediment to recruiting and retaining top-caliber graduate students is the lack of affordable housing. Moving forward, it is critical for AGS to help the administration understand that affordability is our top priority, and to the help them to include informed graduate students in all aspects of decision-making with regards to housing.
For more information about housing issues, please read the AGS Graduate Housing Report, created in 2011.
Night & Weekend Parking for Research
In Winter Quarter 2012, the Associated Graduate Students signed an agreement, renewed January 2015 (available in .pdf HERE) with UCI Transportation and Distribution Services. Graduate Students may now, for research-related purposes and to the extent of their need, request additional night and weekend parking after they have signed up for the Sustainable Transportation program.
For information about enrolling in the Sustainable Transportation Program, visit this page.
Reports and Documents