1999-00 Graduating Senior Survey

Introduction

In December 1999, May 2000, and August 2000, 804 students received bachelor's degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. We surveyed all students eligible to graduate in those terms, and received 552 completed questionnaires (69 percent).

Highlights

  1. 92% "agree" or "strongly agree" that they have learned to view learning as a lifelong experience.
  2. 76% "agree" or "strongly agree" that their experiences and course work at UW-Green Bay encouraged them to think creatively and innovatively.
  3. 60% "agree" or "strongly agree" that UW-Green Bay provides a strong interdisciplinary, problem-focused education.
  4. 61% "agree" or "strongly agree" that they would recommend UW-Green Bay to a friend, co-worker, or family member.
  5. 56% would return to UW-Green Bay and complete the same major if they started college over; 11% would return to UW-Green Bay but choose another major.
  6. 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 57% 43%
Joined a student organization 38% 62%
Participated in community service 44% 56%
Completed an independent study 33% 67%
Joined a professional organization 14% 86%
Worked with a faculty member doing research, tutoring, etc. 17% 83%
Table 2.  Grading the Majors
  A B C D F Mean gpa
Clarity of major requirements 45% 43% 10% 1%  <1% 3.3
Reasonableness of major requirements 45% 45% 8% 2%   3.3
Variety of courses available in major 16% 40% 34% 7% 3% 2.6
Frequency of course offerings in major 9% 39% 36% 13% 3% 2.4
Times courses were offered 14% 46% 28% 10% 2% 2.6
Quality of internship/practicum/field experience 32% 33% 23% 9% 3% 2.8
Quality of teaching in department 36% 50% 11% 2%  <1% 3.2
Knowledge and expertise of faculty in department 56% 36% 6% 1% <1% 3.5
Faculty encouragement of your educational goals 34% 38% 19% 7% 2% 3.0
Advising received from department faculty 33% 30% 21% 10% 6% 2.7
In-class faculty-student interaction 38% 46% 12% 3%  <1% 3.2
Out-of-class faculty-student interaction 31% 35% 22% 9% 3% 2.8
Overall grade for your major department (not an average of the above) 25% 56% 16% 3% <1% 3.0
Table 3.  Top Six Areas Developed While at UW-Green Bay
  Excellent Good Average Fair Poor Mean
Ability to critically analyze

21%

58%

18%

3%

<1%

3.97

Ability to solve problems 22% 55% 19% 4% <1% 3.94
Written communication skills 27% 47% 20% 6% <1% 3.93
Listening skills 23% 42% 28% 6% 1% 3.80
Reading skills 21% 39% 30% 8% 2% 3.70
Understanding effects of stereotyping and racism 20% 43% 24% 9% 4% 3.67