1998-99 Graduating Senior Survey

Introduction

In December 1998, May 1999, and August 1999, 774 students received bachelor's degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. We surveyed all students eligible to graduate in those terms, and received 493 completed questionnaires (64 percent).

Highlights

  1. 85% "agree" or "strongly agree" that they have learned to view learning as a lifelong experience.
  2. 73% "agree" or "strongly agree" that their experiences and course work at UW-Green Bay encouraged them to think creatively and innovatively.
  3. 70% "agree" or "strongly agree" that UW-Green Bay provides a strong interdisciplinary, problem-focused education.
  4. 62% 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 58% 42%
Completed an internship/field experience/practicum 52% 48%
Joined a student organization 44% 56%
Participated in community service 42% 58%
Completed an independent study 32% 68%
Joined a professional organization 19% 81%
Worked with a faculty member doing research, tutoring, etc. 19% 81%
Table 2.  Grading the Majors
  A B C D F Mean gpa
Clarity of major requirements 46% 38% 13% 3%   3.3
Reasonableness of major requirements 46% 43% 11%     3.3
Variety of courses available in major 17% 42% 34% 6% 1% 2.7
Frequency of course offerings in major 10% 37% 37% 13% 3% 2.4
Times courses were offered 14% 46% 27% 11% 2% 2.6
Quality of internship/practicum/field experience 32% 35% 20% 8% 6% 2.8
Quality of teaching in department 43% 44% 11% 1%   3.3
Knowledge and expertise of faculty in department 57% 35% 7%     3.5
Faculty encouragement of your educational goals 39% 36% 19% 5% 1% 3.1
Advising received from department faculty 35% 31% 21% 10% 4% 2.8
In-class faculty-student interaction 44% 43% 11% 2%   3.3
Out-of-class faculty-student interaction 37% 35% 21% 6% 1% 3.0
Overall grade for your major department 29% 56% 14% 1% 0% 3.1
Table 3.  Top Six Areas Developed While at UW-Green Bay
  Excellent Good Average Fair Poor Mean
Ability to critically analyze

28%

53%

17%

2%

 

4.1

Written communication skills 35% 43% 18% 3% 1% 4.1
Ability to solve problems 22% 56% 19% 3%   4.0
Listening skills 30% 44% 21% 4% 1% 4.0
Reading skills 27% 40% 28% 5%   3.9
Understanding effects of stereotyping and racism 30% 37% 21% 8% 4% 3.8