Graduate Student Exit Survey Gets Record Response Rate

Posted: May 8, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Jocelyn Rappaport

A record 88 percent of outgoing students participated in the Graduate Student Exit Survey for 2001-02 released recently by the Office of Institutional Assessment (OIA). The report offers statistics reflecting enrollment status, demographics, debt, and employment as well as student satisfaction with academics and resources available.

When responding to questions relating to academic program characteristics, a majority of students said that they had learned a great deal from their department or program and that mutual respect is apparent in the interactions among students and faculty. While the majority replied that internships or assistantships were available, 39 percent acknowledged obtaining one.

Services with the highest ratings of adequate and above were library equipment/technology (94 percent) and on-campus computer network/information technology (91 percent). The majority of graduating students (74 percent) found services involving parking, student lounges, and the bookstore adequate or better, which reflects the rated service. Among the responses to what additional services they would request, students included improved library resources, financial support, and job hunting support.

This is the first year the survey included a question concerning educational debt for graduating students; 44 percent reported having no debt. This may be related to the fact that 58 percent of students are enrolled as part-time students and are pursuing degrees while working. Having now received further education, 40 percent indicate that they will be looking for new positions. Debt incurred varies by school, with the School of Information Technology and Engineering receiving the lowest percentage (4.4) and the School of Law receiving the highest percentage (67.6).

The percentage of students 35 years of age or older has dropped from 42 in 2000-01 to 39 in 2001-02. The highest percentage is in the 27-34 age range at 46 percent. The ratio of male to female has stayed consistent over the past three years at 41 percent male and 59 percent female. In-state students account for 80.5 percent of all graduates.

The entire report may be found on the OIA web site.

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