OIA Releases 2000 Graduating Senior Survey Report

Posted: February 23, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Muneeza Alam

The Office of Institutional Assessment (OIA) has released the Graduating Senior Survey (GSS) Report for 1999-2000. The report shows student satisfaction levels have remained even over the past three years with 95 percent of graduating seniors saying they are satisfied with the overall education they receive at George Mason. The survey was completed by 2,201 graduates (80.3 percent response rate) from the 1999 summer and fall and 2000 spring semesters.

The GSS Report is divided into six sections: satisfaction with George Mason, George Mason faculty, educational growth, information technology, writing experiences at the university, and use of time. The report shows that 90 percent of students are satisfied with their overall George Mason experience, and 93 percent are satisfied with the education they receive in their major field. Over half of graduating seniors rate George Mason faculty in their major as “excellent.” Students report being most satisfied with the university’s educational growth contributions in critical thinking and analysis, communication, and problem solving.

The percentage of students who use computer technology in course work has risen to 94 percent, up one percent from last year, and the percentage of students who use technology in ten or more classes has also shown a small increase. The majority of students surveyed are satisfied with the extent to which intensive writing courses advance their writing; almost half are very satisfied with their writing improvement. In regard to use of time, the average amount of time students spend working for pay has shown a decrease from 27.7 hours per week in 1999 to 27.2 hours per week in 2000, and the average time spent studying has increased from 18 hours per week 18.7 hours per week.

Each semester, graduating seniors are given an opportunity to complete the GSS at the time they file for graduation. For more information, visit http://assessment.gmu.edu/gss2000.

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