North Carolina State University
2001-2002 Graduating Senior Survey:
- NC State conducted its annual survey of graduating seniors during the fall
2001 and spring 2002 semesters, offering both web and paper versions of the
survey. Almost 60 percent (58.9%) of seniors who graduated in AY01-02 completed
the survey . The margin of error for the survey is +0.9 at the 95%
- With few exceptions, results are similar to those for last year's Graduating
- Almost 90 percent (88.0) of respondents said they would recommend NC State
to a friend. While more than three-fourths (77.4%) of all respondents said
they would choose NC State again if they could start over, African Americans
were more than twice as likely as whites to say they would not do so
(18.8% vs. 7.3%).
- Fifty-five percent of African American respondents agreed that NC State
has visible leadership from the Chancellor and other adminstrators to foster
diversity on campus, compared to three-fourths (74.7%) of non-African
American minorities and 82 percent of whites. About two-thirds (64.7%) of
African American respondents agreed that NC State is committed to helping
minorities succeed, compared to 86 percent of non-African American minorities
and 96.1 percent of whites.
- Nearly half of students (45.8%) who completed an off-campus degree program
said it was "not likely" or that they would "probably not" have
obtained their degrees at a UNC campus if the off-campus program had not been
- Large majorities of respondents gave positive ratings to the overall education
they received at NC State, the overall quality of instruction, and the quality
of instruction in their major. A majority also rated the intellectual environment
on campus as "strong" (69.0%) or "very strong" (20.7%).
Faculty got highest ratings for setting high expectations for learning,
and lowest ratings for respecting diverse talents and ways of learning.
- Respondents generally gave positive ratings to various academic services
outside the classroom. Technology services, library services,
and career-related services received the highest overall ratings, while
research support received the lowest overall rating.
- On average, respondents gave highest ratings to NC State's contribution
to enhancing analytic skills, ability to critically analyze ideas
and information, ability to plan and carry out projects independently,
and developing computer skills. Lower average ratings were given to
advancing appreciation of the arts, exercising public responsibility
and community service, commitment to personal health and fitness,
appreciating racial equity, and appreciating gender equity.
- Almost half of respondents had a co-op, internship, practicum or field experience
while at NC State. Almost one-third (31.2%) of those with such experience
said they received a job offer from their employer. This is down from the
AY00-01 Graduating Senior Survey, when 44 percent of those with a co-op, internship,
or similar experience reported being offered a job from their employer.
- Eighty percent of respondents were employed during their graduation year.
Among employed respondents, African Americans were more likely than non-African
American minorities and whites to work 20 or more hours per week (60.4%, 39.6%
and 42.9% respectively).
- The majority of respondents' primary goal in attending NC State was either
to prepare for a career (43.1%) or to prepare for graduate or professional
school (35.4%). 71 percent of all respondents said they "fully accomplished"
For more information on the 2001-2002 Graduating Senior Survey contact:
Dr. Nancy Whelchel, Associate Director for Survey Research
Office of Institutional Planning and Research
Phone: (919) 515-4184
Posted: September, 2002
Revised: September, 2002
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