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Thursday. 5.1.08 12:43 pm
It's the time of the year to do course reviews. WOo.

They've decided to put them all online, which I find to be annoying. Sure it saves trees, but damnit, it's so much easier to do when they give you a sheet of paper.

So you have three surveys to fill out, they only let you fill out one at a time.

You can't have all three running, so you can tab back and forth between them and "compare them to other classes you've taken at Va Tech", as they like to put it, no.

You go through all the bullshit of filling out one of the simultaneously open reviews, get to the end and WHOA! ERROR! so the 10 minutes you just spent filling out a damn survey are wasted. There isn't even a "don't try filling out more than one at a time" warning. What crap.

Now that I'm done bitching about the administration of the surveys, I'm going to bitch about the surveys.

It always annoys me that they ask you to label your gender and ethnicity. I assume this is because it is more often than not that I am the only black female (african american, as they like to say, UGH) in a majority of my classes. So even though the surveys are "anonymous", should the race/gender statistics be given along with the answers, then it's totally fucking obvious who I am. WTF. I need to find someone to complain to about that, as every year I have griped about it.

Either I'm the only girl or the only "african american" or combo of the two, more often than not I am the "quota meeter", the minority minority.

I guess I'm taking it too personally, but for any girl in the department, and generally any minority... it's obvious. Girl in fields, they'll know who she is. Mas, they'll know who she is. VLSI, ok, there was me and Alina, a little bit more difficult. Except maybe not.

You know I'm annoyed when I am pulling out the "ZOMG I'M CALLING THE DIVERSITY GROUP!", but seriously. What is the point of an "anonymous" review if you put identifying information on it?! Sheesh. Why don't I just email the teachers and tell them what I think point-blank?!

The reply: "
It is not a requirement or necessary that one complete the demographic information on the survey; therefore, you could just leave that section blank.".

No. I can't leave the section blank. The dropdowns either day "Male/Female" or "African-American/Hispanic/Not hispanic white/other/???". There is no option to leave it blank. You can default to an african-american male (yes, that won't be obvious at all, an african american male? Maybe the girl just checked the wrong one)...
10 Comments.


Eh, I think surveys are fun. :P
» randomjunk on 2008-05-01 08:38:39

i think surveys r much more fun when i can earn money from it. XD
» renaye on 2008-05-01 08:55:12

I just copied the citation from the site I got the exerpt from so I didn't have all the information to begin with...
» randomjunk on 2008-05-01 10:38:38

I agree with u, why do they have to ask the question about gender and ethnicity. It deters you from answering more questions if they can pin point who it is in the class that is a Asian Female. Or african american female. Stupid surveys..
» von-nation on 2008-05-03 12:50:29

My school doesn't ask for demographic info. I guess they know that they have about a 65% chance that the response is coming from a white female, a 25% chance that it's coming from a male, and about a 15% chance that it's coming from a minority of any sort.
» Someones_Muse on 2008-05-03 03:55:58

Is "other" really an option? You could always pick that one...
» bluetopaz on 2008-05-03 04:27:16

Re:
I just thought it would be one way that doesn't really ID your race, and not actually identifying you
» bluetopaz on 2008-05-03 05:50:49

» randomjunk on 2008-05-03 06:06:08

Er... you might want to delete that blank comment.

She wouldn't go for that. She's too stubborn...
» randomjunk on 2008-05-03 06:08:11

i hate doing class reviews.
I feel like everything I say will make it obvious of who I am
» D0WNB34T on 2008-05-04 02:55:07

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