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2011 ­ 2012 senior survey university survey report office of assessment july 2012

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2011 ­ 2012 senior survey university survey report prepared by steven j hawks assistant director sydni baker office assistant office of assessment kansas state university july 2012 ii

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executive summary 2011 ­ 2012 senior survey · the senior survey is designed to give undergraduate students the opportunity to reflect upon their k-state experiences this information is used to improve the college experience for future students by identifying strengths in our programs as well as areas that need further development of the 3,322 seniors who received the survey 1,877 participated for an overall response rate of 57 down from 64 last year and 65 the year prior · at least 85 of respondents used and were satisfied with recruitment materials and process office of the registrar dars access to electronic library resources library holdings library facilities k-state student union food service union program council recreation services career and employment services office of student life academic career information center · educational progress achieved at k-state · at least 94 of respondents felt that they made some or very much progress in gaining a broad general education about different fields of knowledge understanding themselves and their abilities interests and personality understanding other people and their abilities interests and perspectives ability to participate as a team member ability to interact positively with people who are different from themselves ability to think critically analytically and logically ability to put ideas together to see relationships similarities and differences between them the ability to learn on their own pursue ideas and find information that they need and the ability to locate and evaluate information sources 90 or more of respondents felt that they made some or very much progress in the following areas improving oral communication skills understanding the ethical standards of their discipline or profession and the ability to participate as a team member demographics of respondents · · · · · 55 of respondents were female approximately 87 of respondents were white/non-hispanic 80 of respondents were twenty-three years of age or younger 75 of respondents reported a g.p.a above 3.0 46 of respondents graduated with an undergraduate certificate and/or minor participation in major · 85 of respondents strongly agreed or agreed that students in their major were career oriented and supportive and helpful to each other in meeting the academic demands of the program at least 82 of respondents strongly agreed or agreed that in their major faculty were accessible for out-of-class assistance effective teachers and interested in the academic and professional development of students approximately 86 of respondents strongly agreed or agreed that they experienced mutual respect between undergraduate majors and professors within their program 87 of respondents strongly agreed or agreed that they found courses within their major to be academically stimulating · · · experiences and relationships at k-state · more than 86 of respondents indicated that the development of academic scholarly and intellectual qualities and being critical evaluative and analytical were strongly emphasized rated 5 or greater on a 7-point scale regarding student development 83 of respondents reported that relationships with other students student groups and activities were characterized by a sense of belonging rated 5 or greater on a 7-point scale 86 of respondents indicated that faculty members were approachable understanding and helpful rated 5 or greater on a 7-point scale · · satisfaction with services and facilities · 92 or more of respondents used and were satisfied with the following k-state services admissions services and online application library staff mccain performance series and convocations/lectures · i

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additional information · 97 of respondents reported that they had a very positive 67 or positive 30 experience at k-state 96 of respondents indicated that they definitely 76 or probably 20 would recommend kstate to others 66 of respondents met occasionally or often with their faculty outside of class time approximately 92 of respondents will look for 27 continue with 9 or begin employment 35 attend graduate school 20 or join the military 1 after graduation · o o becoming aware of the consequences of new applications in science and technology quantitative thinking ­ understanding probabilities proportions etc · · · female respondents were more likely than male respondents to work more than 10 hours per week in an internship and on-campus employment male respondents were more likely than female respondents to indicate that they had a job lined up to begin after graduation while female respondents were more likely than male respondents to indicate that they would attend graduate school after graduation · comparison by gender · female respondents were more likely than male respondents to have used and been satisfied with admissions services and online application access to recruitment materials and process dars access to electronic library resources library staff library facilities residence hall food service residence hall facilities residence hall services and programs campus bookstore and mccain performance series female respondents were more likely to report that their k-state experiences helped them make very much progress in o developing an understanding and enjoyment of the arts o becoming aware of different philosophies cultures and ways of life o developing their own values and ethical standards o understanding themselves their abilities interests and perspectives o understanding other people and their abilities interests and perspectives o ability to interact positively with people who are different from themselves male respondents were more likely to report that their k-state experiences helped them make very much progress in o understanding the nature of science and experimentation o understanding new scientific and technical developments · comparison by semester spring respondents were more likely to have used and been satisfied with the following kstate services o residence hall food services o residence hall services and programs o residence hall facilities o greek experience o union program council fall respondents were more likely than spring respondents to work more than 10 hours per week off-campus spring respondents were more likely than fall respondents to enter the job market after graduation and were more likely to attend graduate school after graduation · · · comparison by year · 2011-2012 respondents were more likely than 2010-2011 respondents to have received support in finding appropriate employment or pursuing graduate study from within their major 2011-2012 respondents were more likely than 2010 2011respondents to have used and been satisfied with the mccain performance series 2011-2012 respondents were more likely than 2010-2011 respondents to have a very positive general attitude toward k-state and would definitely recommend k-state to others · · · ii

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about the senior survey · the senior survey is designed to give undergraduate students the opportunity to reflect upon their k-state experiences this information is used to improve the college experience for future students by identifying strengths in our programs as well as areas that need further development this report is a summary of student responses from the 2011 2012 graduating seniors the senior survey was offered electronically via email to students who had been approved for graduation by their respective colleges the response rate for fall and summer graduates was 56.2 595 out of 1,059 participated in the survey and 56.7 1,282 out of 2,263 participated in the survey for spring for an overall university response rate of 56.5 1,877 out of 3,322 for the 2011 2012 academic year note all responses are included in the results even if a student did not complete the entire survey for comparison the overall university response rate for the 2010-2011 academic year was 63.9 at the end of this report we have provided summaries on items for which there was a statistically significant difference in responses between gender semester of graduation and academic year if you would like additional analyses executed by gender ethnicity program/discipline etc results by department if enough respondents participated comparisons with other measures alumni survey national survey of student engagement {nsse or longitudinal comparisons or have any questions or comments regarding the senior survey or summary report please contact steven hawks assistant director office of assessment at 532-5712 or sjhawks2@k-state.edu · · · · · iii

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table of contents page respondents by college 1 introduction 2 participation in major 4 satisfaction with services and facilities 9 educational progress achieved at k-state 15 experiences and relationships at k-state 18 additional information 20 significant differences in responses by gender 23 significant differences in responses by semester 36 significant differences in responses by academic year 41 iv

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list of tables page table 1 table 2 table 3 table 4 table 5 table 6 table 7 table 8 table 9 table 10 table 11 table 12 table 13 table 14 table 15 table 16 table 17 table 18 table 19 respondents by college 1 demographic information 2 type of institution transferred from number of credits transferred 3 graduated with an undergraduate certificate and/or minors 3 respondent s rating fellow students in major 4 respondent s educational experiences within major 5 encouragement within major 7 student s rating of major 8 satisfaction of k-state services 9 progress made at k-state 15 regards toward k-state 20 reasons for choosing major 20 hours spent working 21 interactions with faculty 21 switch majors 21 plans after graduation 22 significant differences in respondents by college by gender 23 significant differences in demographics by gender 23 significant differences in type of institution transferred from number of credits transferred by gender 24 table 20 significant differences in graduating with an undergraduate certificate or minor by gender 24 table 21 significant differences in respondent s rating fellow students in major by gender 24 table 22 significant differences in respondent s educational experiences within major by gender 26 table 23 significant differences in respondent s encouragement within major by gender 27 v

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list of tables cont page table 24 table 25 table 26 table 27 table 28 table 29 table 30 table 31 table 32 significant differences in student s rating of major by gender 27 significant differences in satisfaction of k-state services by gender 27 significant differences in progress made at k-state by gender 31 significant differences in experiences and relationships by gender 34 significant differences in hours spent working by gender 34 significant differences in plans after graduation by gender 35 significant differences in respondents by college by semester 36 significant differences in demographics by semester 36 significant differences in graduating with an undergraduate certificate or minor by semester 37 table 33 significant differences in respondent s educational experiences within major by semester 37 table 34 table 35 table 36 table 37 table 38 table 39 table 40 table 41 significant differences in satisfaction of k-state services by semester 38 significant differences in progress made at k-state by semester 39 significant differences in hours spent working by semester 39 significant differences in interactions with faculty by semester 39 significant differences in plans after graduation by semester 40 significant differences in respondents by college by academic year 41 significant differences in demographics by academic year 41 significant differences in graduating with an undergraduate certificate or minor by academic year 41 table 42 significant differences respondent s rating of other students within major by academic year 42 table 43 significant differences in respondent s educational experiences within major by academic year 42 table 44 significant differences in encouragement within major by academic year 43 vi

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list of tables cont page table 45 significant differences in satisfaction of k-state services by academic year 43 table 46 table 47 significant differences in progress made at k-state by academic year 44 significant differences in experiences and relationships by academic year 46 table 48 table 49 appendix a significant differences in attitude toward k-state by academic year 46 significant differences in interactions with faculty by academic year 46 2011 ­ 2012 senior survey 47 vii

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list of figures page figure 1 figure 2 figure 3 developmental emphasis 18 student relationships 19 professional relationships 19 viii

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respondents by college table 1 respondents by college n college of agriculture college of architecture planning and design college of arts sciences college of business administration college of education college of engineering college of human ecology college of technology aviation total 274 34 562 295 158 290 205 59 1,877 percentage 14.6 1.8 29.9 15.7 8.4 15.5 10.9 3.1 100.0 1

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introduction table 2 demographic information n gender male female total are you a u.s citizen yes no total ethnicity/race american indian/alaskan native asian or pacific islander black non-hispanic hispanic/spanish/latin american mexican/mexican-american white/non-hispanic multiracial other i prefer not to respond total age under 22 22 23 24 26 over 26 total g.p.a less than 2.5 2.50 ­ 2.99 3.00 ­ 3.49 3.50 ­ 4.00 i prefer not to respond total 256 738 499 225 153 1,871 13.7 39.4 26.7 12.0 8.2 100.0 844 1,027 1,871 all respondents percentage 45.1 54.9 100.0 1,822 49 1,871 97.4 2.6 100.0 10 35 32 39 24 1,634 29 12 56 1,871 0.5 1.9 1.7 2.1 1.3 87.3 1.5 0.6 3.0 100.0 37 411 688 705 30 1,871 2.0 22.0 36.8 37.7 1.6 100.0 2

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