Trends over time

Since we first began administering the MISO survey at Connecticut College, we've noticed a number of trends, particularly in relation to students' use of information and communication technology. What follows are a selection of charts illustrating changes in attitudes and practices on campus.

Student operating system choices

In 2006, around 80% of students who participated in the MISO survey reported using Windows computers, while around 20% were Macintosh users. Five years later, those proportions have nearly reversed; Mac users now outnumber Windows users among our students. (Linux users are a tiny but steady minority, at around 2%.)

Increasing importance of library instruction

Between 2009 and 2011, the percentage of both students and faculty who rated library research instruction as either "Important" or "Very Important" increased. The increase was particularly dramatic among students.

Declining importance of residence hall phone service

Among students, the average importance score (on a scale from 0 to 4, with 4 being "very important") for in-room residence hall phone service has dropped precipitously, most likely due to the ever-increasing presence of cell phones on campus.