Graduating Seniors More Satisfied than Before

Posted: June 1, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Christopher Anzalone

The Graduating Senior Survey (GSS) Report for the 2002-03 academic year shows an increase in the percentage of graduating seniors who were satisfied or very satisfied with their overall experience at the university, moving from 89 percent in 2002 to 94 percent in 2003. Of the 3,207 graduating seniors, 2,946 completed the GSS, a 92 percent response rate, the highest in university history.

The GSS, compiled annually by the Office of Institutional Assessment, also shows increases in the percentage of students who were satisfied or very satisfied with the education they had received while at George Mason. Ninety-seven percent of students were satisfied with their education in general, up from 94 percent in 2002, and 95 percent were satisfied with their education in their major field, up from 92 percent in 2002. Keeping with the pattern of the last five academic years, the GSS also shows a very high percentage of respondents who were happy with the number of opportunities to interact with a diverse student body, increasing to 96 percent from 93 percent in 2002.

In the categories documenting student opinions in education, the GSS also shows some marked increases between the 2001 and 2003 reports. Of those who responded, 61 percent felt the education they had received at George Mason had very much contributed to their growth in critical thinking, up from 57 percent in 2001. One of the categories that showed the most dramatic increase was global understanding, with 43 percent believing George Mason had significantly helped their understanding of an increasingly interconnected world, up from 32 percent in 2001.

When asked how often courses taken at George Mason were intellectually challenging, 80.8 percent said usually or always.

The GSS shows that 93 percent of respondents believe the George Mason faculty within their major field(s) were either good or excellent, with 80 percent holding the same opinion about teaching faculty outside their major field(s).

Regarding campus intellectual life, 77 percent were either satisfied or very satisfied, and 82.6 percent registered similar feelings when asked about the level of preparation that had been provided as they enter a technological world. Further, 83.6 percent believed they had been adequately prepared for post-baccalaureate study.

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