1997-98 Graduating Senior Survey

Introduction

In December 1997 and May 1998, 812 students received bachelor's degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. We surveyed all students eligible to graduate in those terms, and received 495 completed questionnaires (61 percent).

Highlights

  1. 89% "agree" or "strongly agree" that they have learned to view learning as a lifelong experience.
  2. 79% "agree" or "strongly agree" that their experiences and course work at UW-Green Bay encouraged them to think creatively and innovatively.
  3. 64% "agree" or "strongly agree" that UW-Green Bay provides a strong interdisciplinary, problem-focused education.
  4. 58% would return to UW-Green Bay and complete the same major if they started college over; 13% would return to UW-Green Bay but choose another major.
  5. When asked to grade university services and resources (e.g., library, advising, bookstore), the most common grades given were B's and A's.
Table 1.  Educational Activities
  Yes No
Participated in a study group with other students in a class 57% 43%
Completed an internship/field experience/practicum 54% 46%
Joined a student organization 42% 58%
Completed an independent study 31% 69%
Joined a professional organization 16% 84%
Worked for a faculty member doing research, tutoring, etc. 12% 88%
Table 2.  Grading the Majors
  A B C D F Mean gpa
Clarity of major requirements 44% 41% 10% 4% 1% 3.2
Reasonableness of major requirements 40% 47% 9% 3% 1% 3.2
Variety of courses available in major 18% 38% 31% 12% 1% 2.6
Frequency of course offerings in major 9% 34% 37% 16% 4% 2.3
Times courses were offered 16% 41% 29% 12% 2% 2.6
Quality of internship/practicum/field experience 40% 31% 19% 6% 4% 3.0
Quality of teaching in department 40% 44% 13% 2% 1% 3.2
Knowledge and expertise of faculty in department 58% 33% 8% 1%   3.5
Faculty encouragement of your educational goals 41% 35% 17% 7%   3.1
Advising received from department faculty 40% 28% 18% 9% 5% 2.9
In-class faculty-student interaction 40% 45% 12% 2% 1% 3.2
Out-of-class faculty-student interaction 34% 39% 18% 7% 2% 3.0
Overall grade for your major department 26% 59% 13% 2% 0% 3.1
Table 3.  Top Six Areas Developed While at UW-Green Bay
  Excellent Good Average Fair Poor Mean
Written communication skills 40% 44% 11% 4% 1% 4.2
Ability to critically analyze events, information and ideas 34% 50% 14% 2%   4.2
Ability to solve problems 28% 56% 14% 2%   4.1
Listening skills 37% 42% 16% 4% 1% 4.1
Leadership and management skills 34% 42% 19% 5%   4.1
Reading skills 31% 42% 21% 5% 1% 4.0