1998 UCUES Survey Results

1. Some of the goals of an undergraduate education are listed below. Tell us how much PROGRESS you have made at UC BERKELEY in attaining each goal.

 NoneLittleModerateGreatVery Great
Field of Study Skills 2.6 8.6 32.2 37.1 19.5
Art, Music, Literature Appreciation 7.7 18.1 28.4 26.6 19.3
Interpersonal Skills 6.2 13.0 34.4 31.5 14.9
Problem Solving Skills 8.5 20.9 30.5 25.3 14.9
Computer Skills 8.4 20.5 33.3 25.5 12.4
Knowledge & Skills for Graduate School 6.9 17.7 33.4 29.8 12.2
Research Skills 5.9 17.8 35.2 30.0 11.0
Writing 5.1 14.3 37.5 32.7 10.4
Internship Experience 47.3 16.1 14.5 12.8 9.2
Speaking Skills 11.3 23.6 36.6 21.1 7.4

2. How well do you think you are doing in each of these areas?

 GreatOkayNot So Good
Time Management 16.5 53.5 30.0
Academic GPA 20.7 55.3 24.0
Managing Finances 26.8 52.5 20.7
Handling Stress 24.4 58.6 17.0
Good Health 29.6 54.2 16.2
Personal Relationships 35.9 48.7 15.4
Getting a Major 55.9 33.0 11.1
Course Decisions 43.2 51.7 5.1

4. How satisfied are you with each of the following?

Very SatisfiedSatisfiedNeutralDissatisfiedVery Dissatisfied
Availability of courses in your major 16.4 38.1 25.3 14.1 6.1
Overall academic experience 14.4 47.6 25.8 9.4 2.7
Availability of courses outside of your major 13.4 35.5 33.4 13.3 4.3
Faculty instruction 12.2 49.2 26.5 9.8 2.4
Graduate student instruction 11.4 40.8 33.5 11.3 2.9
Quality of academic advising by faculty 8.8 26.7 41.2 16.7 6.6
Opportunities for indep. study and research 8.4 18.8 49.5 18.5 4.9
Availability of faculty advisors 8.4 29.2 36.8 16.5 9.1
Availability of seminars 8.3 20.5 48.1 16.6 6.5
Quality of academic advising by staff 8.2 27.3 41.1 15.7 7.7

5. For the items listed below, please indicate your level of satisfaction by circling the appropriate alternative.

Very SatisfiedSatisfiedNeutralDissatisfiedVery Dissatisfied
UC Berkeley overall 23.4 47.7 18.8 8.1 2.0
Atmosphere of ethnic, political and religious understanding on-campus 19.5 38.6 23.6 12.1 6.2
Scheduled library hours 18.5 40.9 23.5 13.0 4.1
Overall quality of student life on campus 14.4 48.7 26.1 8.9 1.9
Practical work experiences in your field of study 9.2 21.4 42.9 20.6 5.9
Services provided by the Financial Aid Office 8.1 22.5 48.4 12.8 8.3

6. To what extent is your paid employment on campus this academic year related to your academic interests or skills?

Don’t WorkNot RelatedSlightly RelatedSomewhat RelatedHighly Related
46.6 24.3 10.6 9.4 9.1

7 .Do you own or plan to buy a computer?

NoYes
I own a desktop computer 35.8 64.2
I own a portable computer 80.0 20.0
I intend to buy a desktop or portable computer while at Cal 84.9 15.1
I do not own a computer and do not intend to buy one while at Cal 90.8 9.2
Total owning either desktop or portable computer 20.1 79.9

8. In how many of your courses this semester are your professors or GSI’s using email or the Internet to provide course support (such as office hours, advising, or course materials).

OneTwoThreeFourFive or More
23.6 32.5 23.9 12.9 7.1

9. If a course that you needed to graduate were available on-line, either from Berkeley or from another UC campus, would you choose to take the course this way?

Definitely YesProbably YesUncertainProbably NotDefinitely Not
9.0 24.2 24.4 27.3 15.2

10. If additional self-paced courses were available at Berkeley, would you take them?

Definitely YesProbably YesUncertainProbably NotDefinitely Not
10.2 28.2 34.0 22.8 4.8

11. How many times during the current academic year did you visit a professor during office hours?

ZeroOne – TwoThree – FourFive or More
17.1 33.1 23.7 26.1

12. During the past academic year, have you felt more or less encouraged to apply to graduate school?

Less EncouragedAbout the SameMore Encouraged
21.7 50.0 28.2

13. With regard to the friends you have made since you started Berkeley, are they more racially and ethnically diverse than your friends before attending Berkeley?

Considerably More DiverseMore DiverseSameLess DiverseConsiderably Less Diverse
16.2 27.5 40.4 9.8 6.0

16. How frequently have you participated in the following activities this past academic year?

NeverOnce or TwiceThree to FiveFive or More
Debated literary, political, or social issues with other students 21.9 21.9 18.4 37.8
Explained scientific principles to other students 38.8 23.0 15.5 22.7
Participated in campus musical or theatrical events 62.5 21.6 9.1 6.8
Worked with faculty members on research projects 74.1 15.7 3.4 6.8
Attended professional society meetings (for example, IEEE, AERA, ASA) 78.3 13.2 4.7 3.8
Have been a member of an intramural sports team 80.1 11.3 4.1 4.4
Participated in student government or University administrative committees 88.6 5.6 2.2 3.7
Have been a member of a varsity sports team 95.4 1.2 0.5 2.9

19. Within 9 months of graduation from UC Berkeley, do you plan on seeking full-time employment?

YesNo
62.3 37.7

20. How difficult do you think it would be to obtain full-time employment?

Very DifficultDifficultEasyVery Easy
10.3 53.7 30.6 5.4

21. If you plan on attending graduate school full-time within 9 months of graduation from UC Berkeley, what is your educational objective?

MastersDoctorate
61.1 38.9

Note: Of the 1063 survey respondents, 601 or 56.5% checked either the Masters or Doctorate options. This indicates that 56.5% are planning on attending graduate school full-time within 9 months of graduation from UC Berkeley.

22. If you plan on attending graduate school full-time within 9 months of graduation from UC Berkeley, how difficult do you think it would be to be admitted into a good graduate or professional school?

Very DifficultDifficultEasyVery Easy
28.7 57.6 12.3 1.3

23. If you plan on attending graduate school full-time within 9 months of graduation from UC Berkeley, which of the following fields of study do you plan to pursue?

Business 20.8
Health or Medicine 19.0
Law 14.4
Education 10.6
Physical Science 10.1
Humanities 9.8
Social Science 9.2
Biological Science 6.0

24. Rate each of the following activities with regard to how important it is in the development of your career plans.

Extremely ImportantVery ImportantImportantSlightly Important
Learning about my interests and abilities 62.2 21.2 10.9 5.8
Learning about the career opportunities related to my major 61.3 19.9 12.6 6.2
Obtaining a career-related internship or summer job 59.1 23.7 11.0 6.2
Developing a resume 56.8 25.2 14.0 4.0
Developing interview skills 50.6 27.6 15.9 5.9
Talking with graduate/professional school representatives about admission requirements 47.6 26.9 18.6 6.9
Talking with employers about their employment opportunities 41.4 32.8 20.0 5.8
Having access to a comprehensive career web site 37.4 28.0 22.9 11.7
Receiving individual career advice from an alumnus in a specific career field 32.5 32.1 24.3 11.1
Having access to a good career library in the career center 31.9 29.8 25.2 13.1
Talking with a career counselor about my future 31.1 27.2 26.8 14.9
Attending a career fair to talk to employers about their job opportunities 30.1 27.3 30.0 12.6
Attending a workshop where alumni talk about their careers 20.9 25.8 33.0 20.3

25. What are your preferences regarding time and day to attend different career programs and events?

Monday 18.9 Noon to 3 PM 30.0
Tuesday 13.7 3 PM to 5 PM 30.8
Wednesday 22.4 5 PM to 7 PM 39.2
Thursday 14.0
Friday 31.1

26. Have you visited the Career Center?

YesNo
57.5 42.5

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