2001-2002 Graduating Senior Survey

This document lists survey questions and response options for the 2001-2002 Graduating Senior Survey. To view frequency distributions of the responses to a questions, click on the question number.


Please evaluate how well faculty members in your major department do each of the following. (Scale: 4="Excellent," 3="Good," 2="Fair," 1="Poor.")

1. Set high expectations to learn
2. Respect the diverse talents and ways of learning of you and your classmates
3. Encourage you to be an actively involved learner
4. Encourage student-faculty interaction, in and out of the classroom
5. Give you frequent and prompt feedback
6. Encourage you to devote sufficient time and energy to your coursework
7. Develop opportunities for you to learn cooperatively with fellow students
8. Care about your academic success and welfare
9. In general, how would you evaluate your instructors on these eight measures?


10. Based on your last two years on this campus, how would you evaluate each of the following services? (If you have not had enough experience with a service to evaluate it, please mark the response "don't know/did not use" and then skip to the next service.) For those services which required interaction with university offices or units (secretaries, tutors, counselors, office workers, etc.), please rate how responsive the staffs in those offices or units were to your needs. (Scale for both rating of services and rating of staff: 4="Excellent," 3="Good," 2="Fair," 1="Poor.")

Personal safety on the NC State campus
University planning & placement services
College/departmental placement assistance
Library services
Bookstore services & products
Registration process
Financial aid services: application/award process
Financial aid services: disbursement process
Campus food services
Campus health services
Campus counseling (not career) services
Business services/cashier/student accounts
Campus residence life programs for students living in university-owned housing
Opportunities to participate in campus recreational and other extra-curricular or co-curricular activities
Opportunities to participate in community service projects
Opportunities to develop leadership skills

EVALUATION OF SERVICES (Survey items 11-16)

Based on your last two years on this campus, how would you evaluate each of the following ? (If you have not had enough experience with a service to evaluate it, please mark the response "Don't know/did not use" and then skip to the next service.) (Scale = 4="Excellent," 3="Good," 2="Fair," 1="Poor.")
11. Academic advising in your major
Access to advisor
Sufficient time with advisor
Accurate information about degree requirements and course sequencing
Knowledge of campus policies and procedures
Academic advising services overall

12. Research support
Access to faculty involved in research
Access to up-to-date facilities such as labs, studios, and research centers
Research support overall

13. Technology services
Access to the Internet
Hours of operation for computer center, labs, and help desks
Access to up-to-date facilities
Access to trained staff for help
Technology training classes
Technology services overall

14. Library Services
Hours of operation
Staff responsiveness
Access to databases and collections
Training to use library
Library services overall

15. Career-related Services
Opportunity for career assistance
Information on internships, co-op, or other career-related experiences
Resources available to explore career options
Information available through computers/Internet and other technology
Career-related services overall

16. Employment Search Assistance
Resume preparation
Interview preparation and skills
Access to employment opportunities (e.g., career fairs, interviews, job listings, etc.)
Employment search assistance overall

17. Did you receive financial aid (including scholarships, grants, loans, work-study employment) while at NC State?
  Yes No

18. If yes, were you satisfied with your aid package?
  Very satisfied Moderately satisfied Moderately dissatisfied Very dissatisfied

19. Please rate the customer service skills of the following financial aid staff. (Scale: 4="Excellent," 3="Good," 2="Fair," 1="Poor.")
a. Reception staff
b. Phone staff
c. Advisor staff


20. To what extent do you think your college education contributed to your knowledge, skills, and personal development in each of the following areas? (Scale: 4="Very Much," 3="Somewhat," 2="Very Little," 1="Not At All.")
Writing skills
Speaking skills
Listening skills
Comprehension skills (understanding written information)
Using mathematics skills
Applying scientific methods of inquiry
Enhancing analytic skills
Developing computer skills
Developing a tolerance to divergent views
Understanding of diverse cultures and values
Recognizing and acting upon ethical principles
Exercising public responsibility and community service
Appreciating racial equity
Appreciating gender equity
Advancing your appreciation of the arts
Understanding issues and problems facing the world
Understanding the present as it relates to historical events/process
Understanding how science and technology influence everyday life
Ability to critically analyze ideas and information
Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds
Ability to lead or guide others
Ability to function as part of a team
Ability to plan and carry out projects independently
Valuing learning as a lifelong process
Commitment to personal health and fitness
Taking responsibility for your own behavior
Sense of personal identity
Independence and self-reliance
Potential for success
Coping with change
Ability to handle stress
Personal growth
Time management

CAMPUS CLIMATE (Survey items 21-23)

21. How would you assess the campus climate for the following groups of students? (Scale: 5="Strongly Supportive," 4="Mildly Supportive," 3="Neutral," 2="Mildly Unsupportive," 1="Strongly Unsupportive.")
African Americans
Other ethnic minorities
International students
Disabled students
Gay and lesbian students

Indicate the extent to which you agree or disagree with the following statements, using the following rating scale: agree strongly, agree somewhat, disagree somewhat, disagree strongly
22. NC State is committed to helping minority students succeed.
23. NC State has visible leadership from the Chancellor and other administrators to foster diversity on campus.

(Survey items 24-30)

24. Please denote which of the following school-related groups (clubs, organizations, programs) you have been involved with at NC State by marking the bubble beside the category.
Academic (Honors Program, etc.)
Organizations/Clubs related to your major
Honor/Service/Professional fraternity/sorority
Residence Hall Council, IRC
Social Fraternity/Sorority
Intramural/Recreational sports, Club Teams
Varsity Athletic Teams
Student Government
Student Judicial Board
Union Activities Board groups, Student Media
Visual/Performing Arts/Music groups
Minority student groups
Religious/Political/Issue groups
Other groups

If you were employed at any time while at NC State, please answer questions 25-27. If not, skip to question 28.

25. If you worked during this academic year while at NC State, on average how many hours per week did you work?

Less than 5 hours per week


20-24 hours per week

5-9 hours per week   25-29 hours per week
10-14 hours per week   30-34 hours per week
15-19 hours per week   35 or more hours per week

26. If you worked during this academic year while at NC State, was your job related to your academic major?
    Directly related (Skip to question 28.) Somewhat related (Skip to question 28.) Not related (Go to question 27.)

27. If your answer to question 26 was "not related," was this by choice?
  Yes No

28. Did your major include a co-op, internship, practicum, student teaching, or other field experience?
  Yes No (Skip to question 31.)

29. How would you evaluate this experience in terms of its contribution to your personal and professional growth?
  Excellent Good Fair Poor

30. Have you received a job offer from one of these employers?
  Yes No

YOUR CONCLUSIONS (Survey items 31-43)

31. What is your primary goal or objective for attending NC State? (Fill in the ONE most appropriate bubble.)
To obtain a bachelors degree or certificate only
To obtain a bachelor's degree as preparation for graduate or professional school
To obtain a bachelor's degree as preparation for a new career or profession
To improve knowledge, technical skills, and/or competencies required for my current profession
To take courses for personal interest
Other (please specify)

32. Assuming you graduate at the end of this semester, to what extent will you have accomplished your primary goal or objective for attending NC State?
Fully accomplished
Partially accomplished
Not accomplished

33. How well do you feel NC State met your needs in the following three areas?(Scale: 4="Very Well," 3="Adequately," 2="Somewhat Adequately," 1="Poorly.")
Intellectual growth
Career training
Personal growth

34. Please indicate the best description of your plans following graduation by filling in the one most appropriate bubble.
  • I don't know yet.
  • I will take more undergraduate courses.
  • I have accepted a job.
  • I am still seeking employment.
  • I plan to continue in my current position.
  • I am not currently seeking employment and do not plan to attend school next year.
  • I will be going to a graduate or professional school full-time next year.
  • I am entering the military service.
  • I will be going to a graduate or professional school part-time next year and working part time.
  • Other (please specify.)
  • 35. If you are earning your degree through an off-campus degree program, how likely is it that you would have obtained this degree on a UNC campus had the off-campus program not been available? If you are earning your degree on-campus, skip to question 26.
      Very likely Probably Probably not Not likely

    36. All things considered, how would you characterize the intellectual environment on this campus?
      Very strong Strong Weak Very weak

    37. All things considered, how would you evaluate the quality of instruction...
          a. in your major? Excellent Good Fair Poor
          b. overall? Excellent Good Fair Poor

    38. All things considered, how would you evaluate the overall education that you are receiving at this institution?
      Excellent Good Fair Poor

    39. Would you recommend this institution to a friend considering college?
      Yes No Not sure

    40. If you could start over again...

          a. would you still choose to attend NC State? Yes No Not sure
          b. would you still choose the same major field of study? Yes No Not sure

    41. Occasionally we like to recontact survey respondents to ask a few follow-up questions. Would it be okay for us to contact you in the future if we would like more information about your responses to this survey?
      Yes No

    42a. What is the most important thing NC State could do to improve the quality of undergraduate experience here?

    42b. What is the next most important thing NC State could do to improve the quality of undergraduate experience here?

    43. Please use the space below to share any general comments you have about your experiences at NC State or to tell us why you were particularly satisfied/dissatisfied with any aspect of your education at NC State.

    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
    Box 7002
    Phone: (919) 515-4184
    Email: Nancy_Whelchel@ncsu.edu


    Posted: September, 2002


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