2012 UCUES: Results and Summary: Part 1

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Academic Engagement
Time Allocation
Academic and Personal Development
Campus Climate for Diversity
Plans and Aspirations
Overall Satisfaction and Agreement
Evaluation of the Major
Evaluation of Educational Experience

Academic Engagement

1.  During this academic year, how often have you done each of the following?

 NeverRarelyOccasionallySomewhat oftenOftenVery often
Contributed to a class discussion 145 1,068 2,312 2,083 2,402 1,685
1% 11% 24% 22% 25% 17%
Brought up ideas or concepts from different courses during class discussions 442 1,798 2,634 2,067 1,833 900
5% 19% 27% 21% 19% 9%
Asked an insightful question in class 539 1,864 2,774 2,101 1,588 781
6% 19% 29% 22% 17% 8%
Found a course so interesting that you did more work than was required 676 1,904 2,757 2,034 1,542 748
7% 20% 29% 21% 16% 8%
Chosen challenging courses, when possible, even though you might lower your GPA by doing so 421 992 1,983 2,102 2,453 1,714
4% 10% 21% 22% 25% 18%
Made a class presentation 940 1,740 2,619 1,913 1,599 845
10% 18% 27% 20% 17% 9%
Had a class in which the professor knew or learned your name 744 1,612 2,146 1,857 1,703 1,622
8% 17% 22% 19% 18% 17%

2. How frequently have you engaged in these activities so far this academic year?

 NeverRarelyOccasionallySomewhat oftenOftenVery often
Taken a small research-oriented seminar with faculty 5,803 1,176 912 684 575 361
61% 12% 10% 7% 6% 4%
Communicated with a faculty member by e-mail or in person 225 902 2,463 1,979 2,066 1,875
2% 10% 26% 21% 22% 20%
Talked with the instructor outside of class about issues and concepts derived from a course 1,168 2,131 2,334 1,657 1,304 907
12% 22% 25% 17% 14% 10%
Interacted with faculty during lecture class sessions 1,314 2,425 2,345 1,482 1,163 755
14% 26% 25% 16% 12% 8%
Worked with a faculty member on an activity other than coursework (e.g., student organization, campus committee, cultural activity) 4,790 1,808 1,121 759 550 477
50% 19% 12% 8% 6% 5%

3. How frequently during this academic year have you done each of the following?

 NeverRarelyOccasionallySomewhat oftenOftenVery often
Turned in a course assignment late 4,727 3,105 984 313 173 73
50% 33% 11% 3% 2% 1%
Gone to class without completing assigned reading 564 1,778 2,732 1,920 1,511 827
6% 19% 29% 21% 16% 9%
Gone to class unprepared 663 2,690 3,103 1,566 909 412
7% 29% 33% 17% 10% 4%
Skipped class 1,180 3,745 2,518 964 574 339
13% 40% 27% 10% 6% 4%
Raised your standard for acceptable effort due to the high standards of a faculty member 520 1,162 2,523 2,449 2,029 655
6% 12% 27% 26% 22% 7%
Extensively revised a paper at least once before submitting it to be graded 605 1,148 1,890 1,827 2,220 1,672
7% 12% 20% 20% 24% 18%
Sought academic help from instructor or tutor when needed 847 1,579 2,268 1,803 1,804 1,041
9% 17% 24% 19% 19% 11%
Worked on class projects or studied as a group with other classmates outside of class 455 1,088 2,130 1,974 2,075 1,636
5% 12% 23% 21% 22% 18%
Helped a classmate better understand the course material when studying together 371 980 2,390 2,240 2,123 1,263
4% 11% 26% 24% 23% 14%

You indicated above that you worked on class projects or studied as a group with other classmates outside of class. Which did you do?

Worked on a class project with other classmates outside of class 1,345 16%
Studied as a group with other classmates outside of class 2,146 25%
Both, worked on a class project and studied with classmates outside of class 5,214 60%

4. On average, how much of your assigned course reading have you completed this academic year?

0-10% 129 1%
11-20% 249 3%
21-30% 327 4%
31-40% 398 4%
41-50% 570 6%
51-60% 986 11%
61-70% 1,267 14%
71-80% 2,113 23%
81-90% 1,811 19%
91-100% 1,471 16%

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Time Allocation

5.  How many hours do you spend in a typical week (7 days) on the following activities?

 01-56-1011-1516-2021-2526-30More than 30
Attending classes, discussion sections or labs 13 274 1,172 2,928 2,880 1,219 401 262
0% 3% 13% 32% 32% 13% 4% 3%
Studying and other academic activities outside of class 58 876 2,245 2,148 1,648 920 520 679
1% 10% 25% 24% 18% 10% 6% 8%
Paid employment (include paid internships) 4,888 708 1,292 1,053 619 261 96 125
54% 8% 14% 12% 7% 3% 1% 1%
Of your total hours spent working for pay, about how many hours did you work on campus? 6,186 544 960 722 378 132 54 65
68% 6% 11% 8% 4% 2% 1% 1%
Of your total hours spent working for pay, about how many hours were related to your academic interests? 6,862 718 622 398 251 104 41 54
76% 8% 7% 4% 3% 1% 1% 1%

How many hours do you spend in a typical week (7 days) on the following activities?

 01-56-1011-1516-2021-2526-30More than 30
Attending movies, concerts, sports, or other entertainment events 1,606 5,401 1,324 456 186 74 39 38
18% 59% 15% 5% 2% 1% 0% 0%
Performing community service or volunteer activities 3,785 3,478 1,023 389 225 111 42 50
42% 38% 11% 4% 3% 1% 1% 1%
Participating in physical exercise, recreational sports, or physically active hobbies 1,466 4,594 1,908 643 270 125 59 65
16% 50% 21% 7% 3% 1% 1% 1%
Participating in spiritual or religious activities 6,151 1,978 484 188 111 58 31 46
68% 22% 5% 2% 1% 1% 0% 1%
Participating in student clubs or organizations 2,439 3,497 1,612 778 357 160 60 120
27% 39% 18% 9% 4% 2% 1% 1%
Pursuing a recreational or creative interest (arts/crafts, reading, music, hobbies, etc.) 1,579 4,661 1,670 623 267 101 52 82
18% 52% 19% 7% 3% 1% 1% 1%
Socializing with friends 284 3,324 2,918 1,408 610 225 92 180
3% 37% 32% 16% 7% 3% 1% 2%
Partying 4,079 3,500 916 311 116 50 20 34
45% 39% 10% 3% 1% 1% 0% 0%
Spending time with family 4,879 2,812 592 305 152 74 44 131
54% 31% 7% 3% 2% 1% 1% 2%
Using the computer or other electronic device for non-academic purposes (games, texting, social networking) 177 2,260 2,545 1,733 1,050 482 229 561
2% 25% 28% 19% 12% 5% 3% 6%
Watching TV 3,728 3,374 1,147 423 187 84 35 45
41% 37% 13% 5% 2% 1% 0% 1%
Commuting to school and to work 2,654 4,953 909 281 121 58 26 31
29% 55% 10% 3% 1% 1% 0% 0%

6. During this academic year, what was the average number of hours per night you slept on weeknights?

0-2 17 0%
3-4 429 5%
5-6 4,261 47%
7-8 3,989 44%
9-10 377 4%
11+ 35 0%

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Academic and Personal Development

7. Please rate your level of proficiency in the following areas when you started at this campus and now.

 When you started hereCurrent ability level
Analytical and critical thinking skills
Very poor 106 1%
Poor 490 6%
Fair 2,872 32%
Good 3,323 37%
Very good 1,579 18%
Excellent 537 6%
Very poor 30 0%
Poor 80 1%
Fair 666 8%
Good 2,774 32%
Very good 3,767 43%
Excellent 1,487 17%
Ability to be clear and effective when writing
Very poor 145 2%
Poor 729 8%
Fair 2,746 31%
Good 3,196 36%
Very good 1,527 17%
Excellent 555 6%
Very poor 42 1%
Poor 163 2%
Fair 1,059 12%
Good 3,027 34%
Very good 3,274 37%
Excellent 1,241 14%
Ability to read and comprehend academic material
Very poor 106 1%
Poor 678 8%
Fair 2,895 33%
Good 3,278 37%
Very good 1,404 16%
Excellent 519 6%
Very poor 35 0%
Poor 115 1%
Fair 769 9%
Good 2,849 33%
Very good 3,576 41%
Excellent 1,423 16%
Foreign language skills
Very poor 532 6%
Poor 1,379 16%
Fair 2,943 33%
Good 2,320 26%
Very good 1,099 12%
Excellent 612 7%
Very poor 567 7%
Poor 1,396 16%
Fair 2,153 25%
Good 2,207 25%
Very good 1,584 18%
Excellent 872 10%
Understanding of a specific field of study
Very poor 203 2%
Poor 1,220 14%
Fair 3,437 39%
Good 2,904 33%
Very good 852 10%
Excellent 250 3%
Very poor 40 1%
Poor 99 1%
Fair 741 9%
Good 2,673 31%
Very good 3,835 44%
Excellent 1,358 16%
Quantitative (mathematical and statistical) skills
Very poor 197 2%
Poor 771 9%
Fair 2,770 31%
Good 3,088 35%
Very good 1,534 17%
Excellent 534 6%
Very poor 184 2%
Poor 642 7%
Fair 1,898 22%
Good 2,828 32%
Very good 2,324 27%
Excellent 903 10%
Ability to speak clearly and effectively in English
Very poor 61 1%
Poor 228 3%
Fair 1,394 16%
Good 2,350 26%
Very good 2,234 25%
Excellent 2,632 30%
Very poor 33 0%
Poor 78 1%
Fair 574 7%
Good 1,932 22%
Very good 2,962 34%
Excellent 3,203 37%
Ability to understand international perspectives (economic, political, social, cultural)
Very poor 194 2%
Poor 1,106 12%
Fair 3,067 35%
Good 2,732 31%
Very good 1,256 14%
Excellent 532 6%
Very poor 68 1%
Poor 271 3%
Fair 1,059 12%
Good 2,592 30%
Very good 3,151 36%
Excellent 1,648 19%
Computer skills
Very poor 75 1%
Poor 460 5%
Fair 2,444 28%
Good 3,256 37%
Very good 1,729 20%
Excellent 904 10%
Very poor 39 0%
Poor 148 2%
Fair 986 11%
Good 2,961 34%
Very good 3,094 35%
Excellent 1,577 18%

Please rate your level of proficiency in the following areas when you started at this campus and now.

 When you started hereCurrent ability level
Internet skills
Very poor 34 0%
Poor 225 3%
Fair 1,747 20%
Good 3,323 38%
Very good 2,180 25%
Excellent 1,341 15%
Very poor 29 0%
Poor 54 1%
Fair 630 7%
Good 2,527 29%
Very good 3,353 38%
Excellent 2,174 25%
Library research skills
Very poor 269 3%
Poor 1,483 17%
Fair 3,240 37%
Good 2,624 30%
Very good 875 10%
Excellent 343 4%
Very poor 99 1%
Poor 402 5%
Fair 1,571 18%
Good 3,062 35%
Very good 2,584 29%
Excellent 1,057 12%
Other research skills
Very poor 205 2%
Poor 1,171 13%
Fair 3,341 38%
Good 2,803 32%
Very good 931 11%
Excellent 357 4%
Very poor 70 1%
Poor 248 3%
Fair 1,499 17%
Good 3,221 37%
Very good 2,685 31%
Excellent 1,026 12%
Ability to prepare and make a presentation
Very poor 81 1%
Poor 540 6%
Fair 2,683 30%
Good 3,486 39%
Very good 1,503 17%
Excellent 559 6%
Very poor 46 1%
Poor 135 2%
Fair 1,122 13%
Good 3,206 37%
Very good 3,050 35%
Excellent 1,235 14%
Interpersonal (social) skills
Very poor 118 1%
Poor 578 7%
Fair 2,407 27%
Good 3,059 35%
Very good 1,779 20%
Excellent 911 10%
Very poor 100 1%
Poor 219 3%
Fair 911 10%
Good 2,639 30%
Very good 3,148 36%
Excellent 1,790 20%

8. Similarly, please rate your abilities now and when you first began at this university on the following dimensions.

 When you started hereCurrent ability level
Ability to appreciate, tolerate and understand racial and ethnic diversity
Very poor 44 1%
Poor 246 3%
Fair 1,462 17%
Good 2,757 32%
Very good 2,501 29%
Excellent 1,737 20%
Very poor 56 1%
Poor 70 1%
Fair 402 5%
Good 1,702 20%
Very good 3,340 39%
Excellent 3,111 36%
Ability to appreciate the fine arts (e.g., painting, music, drama, dance)
Very poor 95 1%
Poor 466 5%
Fair 1,835 21%
Good 2,709 31%
Very good 2,091 24%
Excellent 1,545 18%
Very poor 86 1%
Poor 219 3%
Fair 938 11%
Good 2,232 26%
Very good 2,841 33%
Excellent 2,365 27%
Ability to appreciate cultural and global diversity
Very poor 45 1%
Poor 272 3%
Fair 1,609 18%
Good 2,953 34%
Very good 2,289 26%
Excellent 1,569 18%
Very poor 54 1%
Poor 83 1%
Fair 485 6%
Good 1,948 22%
Very good 3,222 37%
Excellent 2,887 33%
Understanding the importance of personal social responsibility
Very poor 69 1%
Poor 349 4%
Fair 1,730 20%
Good 2,962 34%
Very good 2,191 25%
Excellent 1,432 16%
Very poor 61 1%
Poor 95 1%
Fair 484 6%
Good 1,956 23%
Very good 3,259 38%
Excellent 2,814 33%
Self-awareness and understanding
Very poor 88 1%
Poor 475 5%
Fair 1,955 22%
Good 3,125 36%
Very good 1,915 22%
Excellent 1,172 13%
Very poor 68 1%
Poor 110 1%
Fair 453 5%
Good 1,897 22%
Very good 3,464 40%
Excellent 2,691 31%

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Campus Climate for Diversity

9a. Indicate how strongly you agree or disagree with each of the following statements.

 Strongly disagreeDisagreeSomewhat disagreeSomewhat agreeAgreeStrongly agree
Students are respected here regardless of their economic or social class 125 349 755 2,023 3,671 1,840
1% 4% 9% 23% 42% 21%
Students are respected here regardless of their gender 71 209 556 1,724 3,934 2,267
1% 2% 6% 20% 45% 26%
Students are respected here regardless of their race or ethnicity 184 382 920 2,236 3,308 1,720
2% 4% 11% 26% 38% 20%
Students are respected here regardless of their religious beliefs 160 433 936 2,246 3,324 1,643
2% 5% 11% 26% 38% 19%
Students are respected here regardless of their political beliefs 340 719 1,416 2,403 2,652 1,218
4% 8% 16% 28% 30% 14%
Students are respected here regardless of their sexual orientation 80 194 541 1,803 3,877 2,258
1% 2% 6% 21% 44% 26%
Students are respected here regardless of their disabilities 110 253 677 1,994 3,672 2,037
1% 3% 8% 23% 42% 23%

9b. Now indicate how strongly you agree or disagree with the statements in terms of yourself. Answer only those items that apply to you.

 Strongly disagreeDisagreeSomewhat disagreeSomewhat agreeAgreeStrongly agree
I feel free to express my political beliefs on campus 222 355 703 1,919 3,593 1,833
3% 4% 8% 22% 42% 21%
I feel free to express my religious beliefs on campus 163 309 629 1,880 3,716 1,849
2% 4% 7% 22% 44% 22%
Students of my race/ethnicity are respected on this campus 119 216 554 1,626 3,859 2,308
1% 3% 6% 19% 44% 27%
Students of my socio-economic status are respected on this campus 128 223 620 1,632 3,927 2,153
2% 3% 7% 19% 45% 25%
Students of my gender are respected on this campus 45 102 337 1,365 4,233 2,621
1% 1% 4% 16% 49% 30%
Students of my religious beliefs are respected on this campus 119 214 586 1,743 3,870 1,982
1% 3% 7% 21% 46% 23%
Students of my political beliefs are respected on this campus 194 279 581 1,526 3,845 2,148
2% 3% 7% 18% 45% 25%
Students of my sexual orientation are respected on this campus 40 58 182 869 4,026 3,385
1% 1% 2% 10% 47% 40%
Students of my immigration background are respected on this campus 79 162 433 1,290 3,789 2,551
1% 2% 5% 16% 46% 31%
Students with a physical, psychological, or learning disability like mine are respected on this campus 87 134 356 1,455 3,474 1,974
1% 2% 5% 20% 46% 26%

 

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Plans and Aspirations

10. What do you plan to do when you graduate?

Enroll in graduate or professional school 3,217 37%
Work full-time 2,795 32%
Work part-time 111 1%
Be self-employed 64 1%
Study or work abroad 322 4%
Join armed forces 27 0%
Work in an internship or volunteer position 399 5%
Take a year off 518 6%
Do something else 39 0%
I have no idea at this point 995 11%
Other 258 3%

11. What career do you hope to eventually have after you've completed your education?

Artistic, creative professions 624 7%
Business, finance-related professions 1,286 15%
Education 529 6%
Engineering, computer programming 1,171 13%
Law 656 8%
Medicine, health-related professions 1,659 19%
Psychology, helping professions 318 4%
Researcher, scientist 904 10%
Other 714 8%
I have no idea whatsoever 856 10%

If other, please elaborate (N=714)

12.  What is the HIGHEST academic degree or credential that you plan to earn eventually?

Bachelor's degree (BA, BS, etc.) 647 8%
Teaching credential 66 1%
Business master's (MBA) 955 12%
Other professional master's (MEd, MPP, MPH, MFA, MLIS, MSN, MSW, M.ARCH, etc) 632 8%
Academic master's (MA, MS, etc.) 1,143 14%
Law degree (LLB or JD) 612 7%
Medical doctorate other than MD (DO, DDS, DVM, etc) 272 3%
Medical doctor (MD) 763 9%
Doctorate (PhD, EdD, etc) 1,687 20%
Multiple doctoral degrees (MD/PhD) 290 4%
I don't know yet 1,229 15%

If other, please elaborate (N=48)

13. Indicate the following research and creative activities that you are currently doing or have completed as a Berkeley student.

 Yes, doing now or have doneNo
A research project, creative activity, or paper as part of your coursework 6,876 1,816
79% 21%
At least one student research course 3,199 5,463
37% 63%
At least one independent study course 1,830 6,819
21% 79%
Assist faculty in research with course credit 1,821 6,830
21% 79%
Assist faculty in research for pay without course credit 941 7,694
11% 89%
Assist faculty in research as a volunteer without course credit 1,569 7,073
18% 82%
Work on creative projects under the direction of faculty with course credit 1,528 7,108
18% 82%
Work on creative projects under the direction of faculty for pay without course credit 383 8,242
4% 96%
Work on creative projects under the direction of faculty as a volunteer without course credit 831 7,792
10% 90%

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Overall Satisfaction and Agreement

14. Please rate your level of satisfaction with the following aspects of your university education.

 Very dissatisfiedDissatisfiedSomewhat dissatisfiedSomewhat satisfiedSatisfiedVery satisfied
Cal grade point average 768 1,212 1,765 2,199 2,014 747
9% 14% 20% 25% 23% 9%
Overall social experience 237 519 1,101 2,406 3,075 1,344
3% 6% 13% 28% 35% 16%
Overall academic experience 157 328 917 2,329 3,393 1,553
2% 4% 11% 27% 39% 18%
Value of your education for the price you're paying 524 684 1,382 2,392 2,339 1,356
6% 8% 16% 28% 27% 16%

15. Please rate your level of agreement with the following statements.

 Strongly disagreeDisagreeDisagree somewhatAgree somewhatAgreeStrongly agree
I feel that I belong at this campus 184 302 621 2,165 3,176 2,259
2% 4% 7% 25% 37% 26%
Knowing what I know now, I would still choose to enroll at this campus 227 280 619 1,542 2,726 3,306
3% 3% 7% 18% 31% 38%

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Evaluation of the Major

Seen by Declared Single Major Students

The next section of this questionnaire asks you to evaluate your major based on your experience. Below are listed your major(s) according to University records. Please select the major that you will evaluate. If you do not want to evaluate the first major listed, then you will need to make another selection. If you have changed majors and would like to evaluate your new major, please select that option and then choose your new major from the subsequent list.

First Major 5,186 96%
Other 193 4%

Note: On selecting "Other", the respondent is directed to "Please select your new major from the following list" question and asked to select a new major from a drop down list.

Seen by Declared Double Major Students

The next section of this questionnaire asks you to evaluate your major based on your experience. Below are listed your major(s) according to University records. Please select the major that you will evaluate. If you do not want to evaluate the first major listed, then you will need to make another selection. If you have changed majors and would like to evaluate your new major, please select that option and then choose your new major from the subsequent list.

First Major 375 58%
Second Major 273 42%
Other 4 1%

Note: On selecting "Other", the respondent is directed to "Please select your new major from the following list" question and asked to select a new major from a drop down list.

Please select your new major from the following list.

American Studies 3 2%
Anthropology 2 1%
Applied Mathematics 3 2%
Architecture 5 3%
Asian Studies - Area 2: Japan 1 1%
Astrophysics 1 1%
Business Administration 8 4%
Chemical Biology 3 2%
Chemical Engineering 5 3%
Chemistry (College of Chemistry) 1 1%
Civil Engineering 4 2%
Cognitive Science 6 3%
Computer Science 10 5%
Conservation and Resource Studies 3 2%
EPS - Environmental Earth Science 2 1%
Economics 5 3%
Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences 10 5%
Engineering Mathematics and Statistics 1 1%
English 1 1%
Environmental Economics and Policy (Nat Resources) 5 3%
Environmental Engineering Science 2 1%
Environmental Sciences (College of Natural Resourc 4 2%
Ethnic Studies 2 1%
Forestry and Natural Resources 2 1%
Gender and Women's Studies 1 1%
Genetics and Plant Biology 1 1%
Geography 1 1%
History 6 3%
Industrial Engineering and Operations Research 3 2%
Integrative Biology 8 4%
Interdisciplinary Studies 9 5%
Joint Bioengineering/Materials Science and Enginee 1 1%
Joint Electrical Eng and Computer Sciences/Materia 1 1%
Joint Materials Science and Engineering/Mechanical 1 1%
Legal Studies 2 1%
Linguistics 1 1%
MCB, Plan 1, Emphasis 1: Biochemistry and Molecula 2 1%
MCB, Plan 1, Emphasis 2: Genetics 1 1%
MCB, Plan 1, Emphasis 3: Immunology 5 3%
MCB, Plan 2, Emphasis 2: Cell and Developmental Bi 2 1%
MCB, Plan 2, Emphasis 3: Neurobiology 4 2%
Materials Science and Engineering 3 2%
Mathematics 5 3%
Mechanical Engineering 5 3%
Media Studies 2 1%
Molecular Environmental Biology 2 1%
Molecular Toxicology 2 1%
Native American Studies 1 1%
Nuclear Engineering 1 1%
Nutritional Science - Dietetics 2 1%
Nutritional Science - Physiology and Metabolism 6 3%
Operations Research and Management Science 2 1%
Peace and Conflict Studies 1 1%
Philosophy 2 1%
Physics 2 1%
Political Economy 3 2%
Political Science 1 1%
Psychology 6 3%
Public Health 5 3%
Social Welfare 1 1%
Society and Environment 1 1%
Sociology 2 1%
South and Southeast Asian Studies 1 1%
Urban Studies 3 2%

 

Question Prompt Seen by Declared Single and Double Major Students

16. Were the following factors very important to you in deciding on your major?

 

Question Prompt Seen by Undeclared

16. Which of the following factors do you consider to be very important to you in deciding on your major?

 YesNo
Intellectual curiosity 8,292 377
96% 4%
Leads to a high paying job 4,344 4,288
50% 50%
Prepares me for a fulfilling career 7,489 1,165
87% 14%
Complements desire to study abroad 3,004 5,602
35% 65%
Parental desires 2,143 6,460
25% 75%
Easy requirements 1,624 6,981
19% 81%
Allows time for other activities 3,422 5,181
40% 60%
Provides international opportunities 4,289 4,331
50% 50%
Prestige 4,498 4,117
52% 48%
Couldn't get into my first choice of major 977 7,591
11% 89%
Interest in subject area 8,377 277
97% 3%
Prepares me for graduate/professional school 6,120 2,468
71% 29%
Other 470 1,250
27% 73%

Please describe: (N=470)

17. Thinking back over your coursework this academic year, how often were you REQUIRED to do the following?

 NeverRarelyOccasionallySomewhat oftenOftenVery often
Recognize or recall specific facts, terms, and concepts 23 111 562 1,177 3,091 3,655
0% 1% 7% 14% 36% 42%
Explain methods, ideas, or concepts and use them to solve problems 47 173 508 1,175 3,160 3,538
1% 2% 6% 14% 37% 41%
Break down material into component parts or arguments into assumptions to see the basis for different outcomes and conclusions 105 399 944 1,668 2,916 2,567
1% 5% 11% 19% 34% 30%
Judge the value of information, ideas, actions, and conclusions based on the soundness of sources, methods, and reasoning 107 504 1,054 1,742 2,812 2,380
1% 6% 12% 20% 33% 28%
Create or generate new ideas, products, or ways of understanding 167 686 1,335 1,938 2,485 1,998
2% 8% 16% 23% 29% 23%

18. Thinking back on this academic year, how often have you done each of the following?

 NeverRarelyOccasionallySomewhat oftenOftenVery often
Used facts and examples to support your viewpoint 54 173 607 1,258 3,098 3,397
1% 2% 7% 15% 36% 40%
Incorporated ideas or concepts from different courses when completing assignments 103 531 1,266 1,970 2,812 1,895
1% 6% 15% 23% 33% 22%
Examined how others gathered and interpreted data and assessed the soundness of their conclusions 203 670 1,386 2,001 2,640 1,675
2% 8% 16% 23% 31% 20%
Reconsidered your own position on a topic after assessing the arguments of others 142 498 1,427 2,039 2,801 1,652
2% 6% 17% 24% 33% 19%

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Evaluation of Educational Experience

Seen by Declared Single and Double Major Students (Evaluation of 1st Major for Double Majors)

19. Please answer the following questions about your major.

 YesNo
Do you understand how the requirements of your major combine to produce a coherent understanding of a field of study? 5,337 578
90% 10%
Are the program requirements well defined? 5,516 403
93% 7%
Are department rules and policies clearly communicated? 5,302 614
90% 10%
Is the description of the major in the catalog accurate? 5,537 331
94% 6%

Seen by Undeclared and Declared Single and Double Major Students

19. Please answer the following questions about your educational experience overall.

 YesNo
Are there open channels of communication between faculty and students regarding student needs, concerns, and suggestions? 7,270 1,270
85% 15%
Are students treated equitably and fairly by the faculty? 7,530 1,001
88% 12%
Do faculty clearly explain what constitutes plagiarism and its consequences? 7,929 615
93% 7%
Do faculty provide prompt and useful feedback on student work? 6,648 1,876
78% 22%

Seen by Declared Single and Double Major Students (Evaluation of 1st Major for Double Majors)

20. How satisfied are you with each of the following aspects of your educational experience in the major?

 Very dissatisfiedDissatisfiedSomewhat dissatisfiedSomewhat satisfiedSatisfiedVery satisfied
Variety of courses available in your major 154 312 778 1,592 2,142 931
3% 5% 13% 27% 36% 16%
Quality of lower-division courses in your major 166 378 846 1,740 2,004 638
3% 7% 15% 30% 35% 11%
Quality of upper-division courses in your major 82 136 397 1,320 2,482 1,403
1% 2% 7% 23% 43% 24%

Seen by Undeclared and Declared Single and Double Major Students

20. How satisfied are you with each of the following aspects of your educational experience overall?

 Very dissatisfiedDissatisfiedSomewhat dissatisfiedSomewhat satisfiedSatisfiedVery satisfied
Advising by faculty on academic matters 201 405 1,042 2,770 3,010 948
2% 5% 12% 33% 36% 11%
Advising by student peer advisers on academic matters 162 385 1,019 3,317 2,552 545
2% 5% 13% 42% 32% 7%
Advising by school or college staff on academic matters 243 421 1,005 2,916 2,827 844
3% 5% 12% 35% 34% 10%
Advising by departmental staff on academic matters 198 336 854 2,728 2,999 1,158
2% 4% 10% 33% 36% 14%
Quality of faculty instruction 71 172 581 2,110 3,819 1,669
1% 2% 7% 25% 45% 20%
Quality of teaching by graduate student TAs 148 281 765 2,371 3,483 1,371
2% 3% 9% 28% 41% 16%
Availability of courses for general education or breadth requirements 176 377 954 2,514 3,374 948
2% 5% 11% 30% 40% 11%
Availability of courses needed for graduation 229 419 1,095 2,265 3,394 1,009
3% 5% 13% 27% 40% 12%
Access to small classes 516 945 1,805 2,294 2,187 664
6% 11% 22% 27% 26% 8%
Access to faculty outside of class 157 439 1,087 2,658 3,165 868
2% 5% 13% 32% 38% 10%
Ability to get into a major that you want 209 268 574 1,685 3,668 1,966
3% 3% 7% 20% 44% 24%
Opportunities for research experience or to produce creative products 292 593 1,428 2,462 2,607 927
4% 7% 17% 30% 31% 11%
Educational enrichment programs (e.g., study abroad, internships) 191 391 1,146 2,675 2,851 941
2% 5% 14% 33% 35% 12%
Accessibility of library staff 76 138 532 2,735 3,636 1,064
1% 2% 7% 33% 44% 13%
Availability of library research materials 53 104 417 2,230 3,768 1,669
1% 1% 5% 27% 46% 20%

Seen by Declared Single and Double Major Students

21. How many professors do you know well enough to ask for a letter of recommendation in support of an application for a job or for graduate or professional school?

Zero 1,645 28%
1 1,642 28%
2 1,455 25%
3 725 12%
4 or more 387 7%

Seen by Declared Single and Double Major Students

22. Would you like to evaluate another major?

Yes 246 4%
No, skip to next part of questionnaire 5,601 96%

Seen by Declared Single Major Students

23. Which major would you like to now evaluate? Your prior selection appears below.

First Major 20 20%
Other 78 80%

Seen by Declared Double Major Students

23. Which major would you like to now evaluate? Your prior selection appears below.

First Major 54 35%
Second Major 101 65%
Other 1 1%

Note: On selecting "Other", the respondent is directed to "Please select your new major from the following list" question and asked to select a new major from a drop down list.

If other, please select your major from this list.

AFRICAN AMERICAN STD 1 1%
AMERICAN STUDIES 1 1%
ANTHROPOLOGY 2 3%
APPLIED MATHEMATICS 1 1%
ART PRACTICE 1 1%
BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION 2 3%
CHICANO STUDIES 4 5%
CLASSICAL LANGUAGES 1 1%
COMPUTER SCIENCE 6 8%
CONSERVATION AND RESOURCE STUDIES 2 3%
DEVELOPMENT STUDIES 1 1%
DUTCH STUDIES 1 1%
ECONOMICS 2 3%
ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING AND COMPUTER SCIENCES 1 1%
ENGLISH 2 3%
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (COLLEGE OF NATURAL RESOURCES) 1 1%
ETHNIC STUDIES 1 1%
FILM 1 1%
FRENCH 1 1%
GENDER & WOMEN'S STUDIES 2 3%
GEOGRAPHY 1 1%
HISTORY 6 8%
HISTORY OF ART 3 4%
INTEGRATIVE BIOLOGY 4 5%
JAPANESE LANGUAGE 3 4%
LINGUISTICS 3 4%
MCB, PLAN 1, EMPHASIS 1; BIOCHEMISTRY AND MOLECULA 1 1%
MCB, PLAN 1, EMPHASIS 3; IMMUNOLOGY 3 4%
MCB, PLAN 2, EMPHASIS 2; CELL AND DEVELOPMENTAL BIOCHEM 1 1%
MATHEMATICS 1 1%
MEDIA STUDIES 2 3%
NATIVE AMERICAN STUDIES 1 1%
NEAR EASTERN STUDIES – NEAR EASTERN CIVILIZATIONS 1 1%
PHILOSOPHY 2 3%
PHYSICS 1 1%
POLITICAL ECONOMY 2 3%
POLITICAL SCIENCE 1 1%
PSYCHOLOGY 3 4%
PUBLIC HEALTH 1 1%
RHETORIC 3 4%
SOCIOLOGY 1 1%
STATISTICS 1 1%

Seen by Students Who Indicated That They Would Like to Evaluate "Another" Major (in question 22 above)

24. Were the following factors very important to you in deciding on your major?

 YesNo
Intellectual curiosity 235 8
97% 3%
Leads to a high paying job 72 172
30% 71%
Prepares me for a fulfilling career 183 61
75% 25%
Complements desire to study abroad 91 150
38% 62%
Parental desires 39 203
16% 84%
Easy requirements 52 190
22% 79%
Allows time for other activities 79 161
33% 67%
Provides international opportunities 111 130
46% 54%
Prestige 102 141
42% 58%
Couldn't get into my first choice of major 15 224
6% 94%
Interest in subject area 231 12
95% 5%
Prepares me for graduate/professional school 165 77
68% 32%
Other 15 47
24% 76%

If other, please elaborate:  (N=15)

Seen by Students Who Indicated That They Would Like to Evaluate "Another" Major

25. Please answer the following questions about your major.

 YesNo
Do you understand how the requirements of your major combine to produce a coherent understanding of a field of study? 224 20
92% 8%
Are the program requirements well defined? 229 14
94% 6%
Are department rules and policies clearly communicated? 215 27
89% 11%
Is the description of the major in the catalog accurate? 225 13
95% 6%
Are there open channels of communication between faculty and students regarding student needs, concerns, and suggestions? 209 33
86% 14%
Are students treated equitably and fairly by the faculty? 223 19
92% 8%
Do faculty clearly explain what constitutes plagiarism and its consequences? 227 15
94% 6%
Do faculty provide prompt and useful feedback on student work? 202 38
84% 16%

26. How satisfied are you with each of the following aspects of your educational experience in the major?

 Very dissatisfiedDissatisfiedSomewhat dissatisfiedSomewhat satisfiedSatisfiedVery satisfied
Variety of courses available in your major 9 15 30 68 78 43
4% 6% 12% 28% 32% 18%
Quality of lower-division courses in your major 6 12 30 60 78 46
3% 5% 13% 26% 34% 20%
Quality of upper-division courses in your major 7 4 21 45 98 66
3% 2% 9% 19% 41% 27%
Advising by faculty on academic matters 5 7 18 64 83 58
2% 3% 8% 27% 35% 25%
Advising by student peer advisers on academic matters 11 13 20 80 72 27
5% 6% 9% 36% 32% 12%
Advising by school or college staff on academic matters 12 8 22 62 80 46
5% 4% 10% 27% 35% 20%
Advising by departmental staff on academic matters 11 7 12 45 88 72
5% 3% 5% 19% 37% 31%
Quality of faculty instruction 3 5 14 47 92 79
1% 2% 6% 20% 38% 33%
Quality of teaching by graduate student TA's 7 3 15 53 88 73
3% 1% 6% 22% 37% 31%
Availability of courses for general education or breadth requirements 5 8 19 51 105 46
2% 3% 8% 22% 45% 20%
Availability of courses needed for graduation 7 16 31 46 102 39
3% 7% 13% 19% 42% 16%
Access to small classes 13 29 34 42 60 61
5% 12% 14% 18% 25% 26%
Access to faculty outside of class 8 8 14 53 92 62
3% 3% 6% 22% 39% 26%
Ability to get into a major that you want 7 2 3 31 101 95
3% 1% 1% 13% 42% 40%
Opportunities for research experience or to produce creative products 8 13 35 68 59 47
4% 6% 15% 30% 26% 20%
Educational enrichment programs (e.g., study abroad, internships) 8 13 26 62 77 40
4% 6% 12% 27% 34% 18%
Accessibility of library staff 2 3 14 55 106 41
1% 1% 6% 25% 48% 19%
Availability of library research materials 1 2 16 52 98 58
0% 1% 7% 23% 43% 26%

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