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Graduating Senior Survey - Multi-Year Trends

Having completed three full years of the new online senior survey provides an opportunity to compare results across years, combining all 2008 graduates and comparing their results to those of all 2009 graduates and to all 2010 graduates. This three-year trend comparison is similar to that used in other areas of assessing Western's strategic planning success.

Level of Satisfaction with Overall Western Experience

All 16 measures of satisfaction with their overall Western Experience showed improvement between 2008 graduates and those who graduated in 2009, but ground was lost in 2010 as indicated by their decreased level of satisfaction below 2009 grad levels for all 16 measures while satisfaction declined below 2008 grad levels for 10 of the 16 measures.

  • Consistently strong measures were 1) availability of library resources, 2) faculty course preparation, and 3) opportunities to get involved.
  • Areas needing the greatest improvement were for 1) career placement, 2) financial aid counseling, and 3) academic advising.

 

1=Very Satisfied, 2=Somewhat Satisfied, 3=Somewhat Dissatisfied, 4=Very Dissatisfied 2008 Grads
2009 Grads
2010 Grads
Coursework required in the general education curriculum 2.00
1.78
2.01
Extent of intellectual challenges in courses outside of your major 1.94
1.76
1.89
Quality of instruction outside of your major 2.05
1.79
1.96
Encouragement of different scholarly points of view by the faculty 1.88
1.78
1.91
Faculty members' preparation of their courses 1.77
1.66
1.73
Communication between you and faculty about student needs, concerns, and/or suggestions 1.82
1.71
1.83
Opportunities outside the classroom for academic interaction between students and faculty 2.02
1.85
2.01
Overall quality of academic advising you received 2.03
1.97
2.06
Overall quality of financial aid counseling you received 2.33
2.09
2.47
Overall quality of career placement information you received 2.41
2.40
2.68
Overall level of campus security 1.86
1.71
1.82
Technology use in enhancing the learning experience 1.76
1.66
1.83
Availability of library resources you needed/wanted 1.53
1.52
1.60
Opportunities to get involved in out-of-class/co-curricular experiences 1.80
1.64
1.80
Integration of theory and practice in preparing you for your future 1.90
1.86
1.96
Campus sense of responsiveness to student needs 2.04
1.92
2.09

 

Degree of Excellence within Major Program of Study

Of the 10 measures of excellence with the major program of study, 8 showed improvement between 2008 graduates and those who graduated in 2009, while 1 showed improvement from 2009 graduates to those graduating n 2010.

  • Consistently strong measures were 1) quality of instruction in the major and 2) academic rigor of major coursework.
  • Areas needing the greatest improvement were for 1) availability of elective courses supportive of the major and appropriateness of required non-major department courses.

 

1=Excellent, 2=Above Average, 3=Below Average, 4=Poor 2008 Grads
2009 Grads
2010 Grads
The academic rigor of your major coursework 1.77
1.67
1.74
Appropriateness of required courses in your major department 1.78
1.70
1.82
Appropriateness of courses not in your major department, but required for your major 2.05
2.02
2.07
Availability of elective courses supportive of your major 2.12
2.10
2.10
Quality of instruction you received in your major 1.66
1.66
1.63
Helpfulness of faculty in your major in exploring your career options 1.90
1.89
1.95