Graduates Feel Better about George Mason than Ever Before

Posted: May 17, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

More George Mason University graduates are giving their alma mater a positive rating than ever before. According to a recent survey of 2,121 fall 1998 and spring 1999 graduates conducted by the Office of Institutional Assessment, the satisfaction rate of graduates is on the rise in such areas as campus life, faculty, and academic life.

In the area of campus life, 80 percent of survey respondents said they were “somewhat satisfied” or “very satisfied,” as compared to 51 percent in 1997. In the area of faculty, 48 percent of the respondents rated their instructors as “excellent,” as compared to last year’s total of 43 percent. In the area of academic life, 49 percent of the respondents said they were “very satisfied” with their education in general, as compared to 46 percent in 1998.

Survey respondents also gave George Mason higher marks in the general category of educational growth. Students said they experienced greater positive growth in such areas as communication, critical thinking and analysis, problem solving, global perspective, social interaction, valuing, aesthetic reasoning, and effective citizenship.

In the category of information technology, however, a slight decrease was found. Ninety-three percent of respondents said they used computer technology in their George Mason course work, as compared to 95 percent the year before. Also, 68 percent of respondents said that word processing was incorporated into 10 or more classes, as compared to 70 percent last year.

For the first time, the survey is available online. For a complete copy of the graduating senior survey report, contact the Office of Institutional Assessment at x38834.

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