More than 1,300 Old Boys have responded to an OSCA survey.
MR RICHARD BEVERIDGE (’62)
In late December 2011 and January 2012, more than 1,300 Old Boys completed an OSCA centenary survey questionnaire. The majority of survey responses – over 1,000 – came from those who completed the survey on-line. The balance completed the questionnaire which was included in the December issue of Great Scot.
The sample provides a healthy representation of all age groups, from those who left in the late 1930s to those who left last year. It is encouraging, given the aims of the study, to find that many Old Boys have seen fit to give robust critical advice and opinions.
The aim of the survey was to provide thoughts, opinions feedback and data to help OSCA plan future activities, events and services. The study is extensive in its reach and coverage of relevant topics; however, we have extracted a few significant findings for readers’ interest.
This survey opened with a brief examination of attitudes towards OSCA. The overwhelming view from this sample of Old Boys is that ‘OSCA does a good job of keeping past students informed and involved’. In total, 89 per cent agree with this statement (with 54 per cent agreeing strongly).
Clearly, OSCA is rated positively in most respects by the greater majority of past students who took part in the study, and this view carries generally across Old Boys of all ages. However, the learning here is that many OSCA activities and initiatives, beyond reunions and dinners, are less well known.
This examination of the attitudes or perceptions of Old Boys to Scotch involved a battery of 15 statements, and a measurement of reactions on a standard five-point agree/disagree scale.
Agree strongly – Agree a little –, Unsure –Disagree a little – Disagree strongly
As the data emerging from this study show, the unchallengeable and dominant core values are that Scotch:
What we’re already doing as a result of the survey findings –
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