2012 UCUES: Results and Summary: Part 3

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ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE & GLOBALIZATION

1. We would like to hear more about being an undergraduate at a research university. Please indicate your level of agreement with the following statements.

 Strongly disagreeDisagreeDisagree somewhatAgree somewhatAgreeStrongly agree
Berkeley has a strong commitment to undergraduate education 44 87 184 602 814 319
2% 4% 9% 29% 40% 16%
Attending a university with world-class researchers is important to me 29 58 132 522 739 561
1% 3% 7% 26% 36% 28%
It doesn't really matter where I get my undergraduate education (UC, regional college, community college) since they are all similar in quality 648 669 416 182 100 27
32% 33% 20% 9% 5% 1%
The emphasis on research detracts from the quality of teaching on this campus 123 321 482 659 296 165
6% 16% 24% 32% 15% 8%

2. How important to you are the following aspects of being an undergraduate at a research university like the UC Berkeley?

 Not importantNot very importantSomewhat importantImportantVery importantEssential
Learning about faculty research 68 228 493 690 383 174
3% 11% 24% 34% 19% 9%
Having courses with faculty members who refer to their own research as part of the class 77 325 503 622 362 141
4% 16% 25% 31% 18% 7%
Learning research methods 47 133 375 696 489 285
2% 7% 19% 34% 24% 14%
Assisting faculty members in their research, for pay or as a volunteer 80 223 405 603 446 269
4% 11% 20% 30% 22% 13%
Pursuing your own research 76 260 430 606 407 247
4% 13% 21% 30% 20% 12%
The prestige of this campus when you apply to grad school 25 55 217 561 647 526
1% 3% 11% 28% 32% 26%
The prestige of this campus when you apply for a job 11 33 172 515 664 625
1% 2% 9% 26% 33% 31%
Having access to a world-class library collection 43 99 319 611 541 412
2% 5% 16% 30% 27% 20%
Being able to attend plays, concerts, lectures, and other cultural events 73 190 394 644 437 294
4% 9% 19% 32% 22% 15%

3. Have you completed or are you now participating in the following activities?

 Yes, doing now or have doneNo
First-year seminar 951 1,075
47% 53%
Learning community (two or more linked classes across a common theme) 640 1,381
32% 68%
Reading a book that is common across the university (e.g. "common book") 585 1,434
29% 71%
Writing-intensive courses 612 1,409
30% 70%
Courses that involve themes related to diversity or global learning 732 1,290
36% 64%
Capstone or senior thesis courses 285 1,736
14% 86%
Service learning or community-based learning 563 1,452
28% 72%
Formal undergraduate research programs (such as URAP) 378 1,643
19% 81%
Formal creative activity or scholarship (such as in published collection, play, or gallery exhibit) 213 1,805
11% 89%
Honors program 184 1,837
9% 91%
Living-learning programs 77 1,936
4% 96%
Internship under the direction of a faculty member 219 1,800
11% 89%
Other internship (e.g., co-op, clinical assignment) 450 1,544
23% 77%

 

4. Have you completed or are you now participating in the following activities [at UC Berkeley]?

 Yes, doing now or have doneNo
Any UC study abroad, including summer study abroad 249 1,781
12% 88%
Study abroad program affiliated with another college or university 132 1,896
7% 94%
Traveled abroad for a service learning, volunteer, or work experience 206 1,823
10% 90%
Traveled abroad for cross-cultural experience or informal education 311 1,716
15% 85%
Traveled abroad for recreation 638 1,388
32% 69%
Enrolled in a course with an international/global focus 809 1,215
40% 60%
Obtained a certificate/minor/major with an international/global theme (e.g., in Latin American Studies) 175 1,845
9% 91%

5. While attending [Berkeley], how frequently have you engaged in the following?

 NeverRarelyOccasionallySomewhat oftenOftenVery often
Interacted with students from outside the U.S. in class (e.g., through section discussions, study groups or class projects) 88 152 436 452 560 335
4% 8% 22% 22% 28% 17%
Interacted with students from outside the U.S. in social settings (e.g., in clubs or student organizations, or in informal settings) 90 189 407 452 545 342
5% 9% 20% 22% 27% 17%
Developed a friendship with a student from outside the U.S. 103 218 423 436 503 328
5% 11% 21% 22% 25% 16%
Worked with a faculty member on a project with an international/global theme 1,253 265 189 155 104 51
62% 13% 9% 8% 5% 3%
Presented a paper at a symposium or conference or participated in a panel on international/global topics 1,513 180 120 97 79 27
75% 9% 6% 5% 4% 1%
Attended lectures, symposia, workshops or conferences on international/global topics 774 421 372 222 157 75
38% 21% 18% 11% 8% 4%
Attended a performance with an international/global focus 797 417 388 208 142 69
39% 21% 19% 10% 7% 3%

6. During this academic year, how frequently have you followed news about the following?

 NeverRarelyOccasionallySomewhat oftenOftenVery often
The United States 22 136 355 427 596 489
1% 7% 18% 21% 29% 24%
Countries outside the United States 37 235 425 511 498 314
2% 12% 21% 25% 25% 16%
Global politics and diplomacy 85 337 459 473 389 271
4% 17% 23% 24% 19% 14%
Global climate and environmental issues 78 350 492 480 394 223
4% 17% 24% 24% 20% 11%
International business and economics 137 436 461 433 333 219
7% 22% 23% 21% 17% 11%
Global health issues 83 374 512 503 352 192
4% 19% 25% 25% 18% 10%
International conflicts and peace issues 67 299 469 470 428 282
3% 15% 23% 23% 21% 14%

 

7. As a UC Berkeley student, how would you rate your competencies below?

 When you started hereCurrent ability level
Understanding of the complexities of global issues
Very poor 63 3%
Poor 355 18%
Fair 802 40%
Good 517 26%
Very good 192 10%
Excellent 79 4%
Very poor 21 1%
Poor 92 5%
Fair 379 19%
Good 699 35%
Very good 574 29%
Excellent 213 11%
Ability to apply disciplinary knowledge in a global context
Very poor 63 3%
Poor 374 19%
Fair 807 41%
Good 500 25%
Very good 178 9%
Excellent 72 4%
Very poor 20 1%
Poor 103 5%
Fair 416 21%
Good 685 35%
Very good 539 27%
Excellent 210 11%
Linguistic and cultural competency in at least one language other than my own
Very poor 152 8%
Poor 314 16%
Fair 663 33%
Good 500 25%
Very good 224 11%
Excellent 146 7%
Very poor 124 6%
Poor 226 11%
Fair 419 21%
Good 567 29%
Very good 421 21%
Excellent 228 12%
Ability to work with people from other cultures
Very poor 13 1%
Poor 91 5%
Fair 524 26%
Good 685 34%
Very good 432 22%
Excellent 259 13%
Very poor 6 0%
Poor 17 1%
Fair 150 8%
Good 579 29%
Very good 738 37%
Excellent 496 25%
Comfort working with people from other cultures
Very poor 14 1%
Poor 93 5%
Fair 458 23%
Good 632 32%
Very good 442 22%
Excellent 356 18%
Very poor 4 0%
Poor 19 1%
Fair 140 7%
Good 528 27%
Very good 696 35%
Excellent 597 30%

8. During this academic year, how often have each of the following been obstacles to your school work or academic success?

 Not at allRarelyOccasionallyFrequentlyAll the time
Competing job responsibilities (i.e., paid employment) 838 315 467 275 112
42% 16% 23% 14% 6%
Competing family responsibilities 561 545 548 246 103
28% 27% 27% 12% 5%
Other competing responsibilities (e.g., athletics, clubs, internship) 453 442 621 356 132
23% 22% 31% 18% 7%
Weak English skills 1,435 254 183 99 31
72% 13% 9% 5% 2%
Weak math skills 1,107 437 292 119 43
55% 22% 15% 6% 2%
Inadequate study skills (e.g., knowing how to start, knowing how to get help, organizing material) 548 511 597 259 89
27% 26% 30% 13% 4%
Poor study behaviors (e.g., wait till last minute, easily distracted, too much social time, too much web surfing) 287 383 655 462 220
14% 19% 33% 23% 11%
Bad study environment (e.g., noisy roommate, poor Internet access, inadequate computer or software) 329 514 710 338 111
16% 26% 36% 17% 6%
Feeling depressed, stressed, or upset 265 451 687 401 201
13% 23% 34% 20% 10%
Physical illness or condition 696 723 421 122 45
35% 36% 21% 6% 2%
Military deployment 1,867 45 56 25 6
94% 2% 3% 1% 0%

9. How important is it to you to graduate in four years or, if you are a transfer student, in two years?

Not important 63 3%
Not very important 128 6%
Somewhat important 276 14%
Important 358 18%
Very important 556 28%
Essential 594 29%
Not applicable 46 2%

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Community and Civic Engagement

Activities

1. Indicate the way in which you have been involved in the following activities or organizations this academic year.

Campus-based activities and organizations

 Participant or memberOfficer or leaderNeither
Academic (e.g., math club, philosophy club) 449 162 1,429
22% 8% 70%
Advocacy (e.g., Amnesty International, Living Wage Advocacy, Sierra Club) 193 67 1,767
10% 3% 87%
Campus sports club (e.g., rugby club, Kendo club) 214 55 1,758
11% 3% 87%
Campus varsity team (e.g., basketball, softball, soccer) 59 18 1,939
3% 1% 96%
Governing bodies (e.g., student government, IFC, panhellenic, residence hall association) 90 60 1,871
5% 3% 93%
Greek fraternity or sorority 156 147 1,727
8% 7% 85%
Honor society 217 53 1,753
11% 3% 87%
Media (e.g., campus newspaper, radio station) 91 38 1,894
5% 2% 94%
Performing group (e.g., school band, dance team) 171 67 1,784
9% 3% 88%
Political (e.g., Young Republicans, College Democrats) 87 23 1,911
4% 1% 95%
Recreational (e.g., chess club, bike club, rock climbing club) 219 43 1,760
11% 2% 87%
Religious (e.g., Korean Campus Ministry, World Peace Buddhist Club) 256 65 1,693
13% 3% 84%
Service (e.g., Special Olympics volunteers Club, Jewish Social Action Committee) 274 152 1,587
14% 8% 79%
Other campus-based club or organization 408 175 1,355
21% 9% 70%

 

Off-campus activities and organizations

 Yes, Participant or memberYes, Officer or leaderNeither
Off-campus club or organization 396 142 1,497
20% 7% 74%

2. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements?

Campus-based activities and organizations

 Strongly disagreeDisagreeDisagree somewhatAgree somewhatAgreeStrongly agree
Opportunities for community service while here are important to me 85 191 217 658 564 340
4% 9% 11% 32% 27% 17%
Opportunities to develop my leadership skills while here are important to me 40 75 141 541 731 524
2% 4% 7% 26% 36% 26%
Opportunities to connect my academic work with community-based experience are important to me 48 89 151 572 706 485
2% 4% 7% 28% 34% 24%

Community Service & Leadership

3. DURING THIS ACADEMIC YEAR, have you done community service either on or off campus?

No 902 44%
Yes 1,171 57%

Civic Engagement

3a. How did you get involved in community service? If you have been involved in more than one form of community service, please answer for the one that has been the largest time commitment.

 YesNo
Through a related class 241 864
22% 78%
Through a program where I receive course credit (e.g., field studies credit for tutoring) 210 892
19% 81%
Through a formal service program (AmeriCorps, VISTA, etc.) where I receive pay or a stipend 63 1,035
6% 94%
Through my fraternity or sorority 223 878
20% 80%
Through another student organization on campus 659 462
59% 41%
Through a university department or program 142 955
13% 87%
Through my religious organization or church 173 921
16% 84%
Through my internship 129 965
12% 88%
I found the work on my own 368 730
34% 67%
Other 47 429
10% 90%

If other, please elaborate (N=37)

3b. What was the focus of the organization where you did this community service? (Select all that apply.)

Access and success in higher education 198 17%
Agriculture/nutrition 73 6%
Animal welfare 30 3%
Arts education 74 6%
Arts, community/public arts (all disciplines) 79 7%
Child care 132 11%
Civil rights/human rights 105 9%
Conflict resolution 29 3%
Crime/criminal justice 20 2%
Disability issues 74 6%
Disaster preparedness 28 2%
Diversity/multiculturalism 87 7%
Economic development 59 5%
Education, pre-K to community college 329 28%
Environment/sustainability issues 180 15%
Global citizenship 36 3%
Health 294 25%
HIV/AIDS 54 5%
Housing/homelessness 172 15%
Hunger 139 12%
Immigrants/migrant worker rights 71 6%
International issues 60 5%
Legal aid 33 3%
Mental health 64 6%
Mentoring 231 20%
Parenting 19 2%
Poverty 168 14%
Reading/writing 65 6%
Senior/elder services 49 4%
Sexual assault 40 3%
Substance abuse 29 3%
Tax form preparation 12 1%
Technology 31 3%
Transportation 14 1%
Tutoring 206 18%
Voting 20 2%
Women's issues 66 6%
Other 61 5%

3c. If your involvement in community service was through a related class, please list the name and number of the course:

Course name and number:

 (N=57)    [Contact OPA for more information]

3d. Please name up to three organizations and their location (for example, "United Way, Oakland, CA") where you participated in community engagement during this academic year:

Organization name and location

 (N=184)    [Contact OPA for more information]

Organization name and location

 (N=352)    [Contact OPA for more information]

Organization name and location

 (N=139)    [Contact OPA for more information]

3e. Thinking about your participation in all forms of community service, which includes service through clubs, courses, and one-time events, please estimate how many total hours of service you completed this academic year:

One to ten hours 412 36%
Eleven to twenty hours 220 19%
Twenty-one to fifty hours 260 23%
Fifty-one to one hundred hours 149 13%
More than one hundred hours 110 10%

3f. Which of the following were significant reasons for getting involved in community service?

 A significant reasonNot a significant reason
Required as part of my academic program 151 957
14% 86%
Required by my fraternity/sorority 172 933
16% 84%
Unique or interesting opportunity arose to participate 787 331
70% 30%
Encouragement from friends or family 415 690
38% 62%
Belief in the particular cause 837 282
75% 25%
Location of where the work was to be conducted 464 640
42% 58%
Opportunity to learn new things 748 368
67% 33%
Opportunity to enhance my academic achievement 456 652
41% 59%
Opportunities to develop leadership skills 650 463
58% 42%
Become a better citizen and community participant 837 281
75% 25%
Change conditions in the community 764 349
69% 31%
Strengthen my resume for graduate school or employment 511 590
46% 54%
Other 32 292
10% 90%

If other, please elaborate (N=25)

Service-learning courses

Service-learning courses involve combining academic learning with service participation with non-profits, citizens groups, or governmental entities to support infrastructure or programming that allows these groups to meet community-identified needs and issues. Students work on a wide range of issues and perform a wide variety of tasks, some example being working in after-school programs, homeless shelters, pre-K to 12 education, Adult Basic Education, citizenship education, clinics, employment programs, violence prevention efforts, the environment, and the arts.

3g. During this academic year, how many times have you enrolled in a course that had a service learning component?

Zero 1,718 84%
Once 243 12%
Twice 77 4%
Three times 12 1%
More than three times 6 0%

What was the average number of total service hours for the service-learning courses you took?

One to ten hours 154 46%
Eleven to twenty-five hours 88 26%
Twenty-six to fifty hours 52 16%
More than fifty hours 41 12%

3h. In addition to voluntary community service activities, there are other critical community involvement activities

To what extent have you been involved in the following community-focused experiences during this academic year:

 Not at allOne term or lessMore than one term
Course-based service-learning 1,688 230 85
84% 12% 4%
Study abroad or other internationally-based experience 1,703 243 56
85% 12% 3%
Volunteer or community service experience 1,239 371 386
62% 19% 19%
Internship or clinical practicum 1,581 263 153
79% 13% 8%
Academic field study 1,678 210 108
84% 11% 5%
Community-based research 1,778 149 65
89% 8% 3%
Business apprenticeship 1,869 87 35
94% 4% 2%
Other 649 24 16
95% 4% 2%

If other, please elaborate (N=6)

3i. In your community-focused experiences during this academic year, were you engaged in any of the following issues/activities?

 YesNo
Political or legislative work 128 703
15% 85%
Charity 248 587
30% 70%
Disaster relief or incident response 99 730
12% 88%
Protest or march for a particular cause 239 593
29% 71%
Social justice-related activities 257 574
31% 69%
Community empowerment and development 332 505
40% 60%
Religious-related work 124 704
15% 85%
Career or professional development experiences 309 521
37% 63%
Experiences for academic learning and development 372 455
45% 55%
Other 18 243
7% 93%

If other, please elaborate (N=8)

3j. To what extent has participation in community-focused activities at this University influenced your desire to continue community-focused activities after you graduate?

Not at all 163 20%
To some extent 466 56%
To a great extent 199 24%

National and Global Engagement

4. Do you consider yourself to be a

Democrat 999 50%
Republican 172 9%
Independent 634 32%
Other 208 10%

4a. Do you consider yourself to be a strong Democrat?

Yes 363 36%
No 634 64%

4a. Do you consider yourself to be a strong Republican?

Yes 47 27%
No 125 73%

4a. Do you lean more toward the Democratic Party or Republican Party?

Democratic 641 82%
Republican 142 18%

5. Do you think this country is moving in the right direction or wrong direction?

Right direction 376 19%
Wrong direction 745 37%
Don't know 902 45%

6. During this academic year, how frequently have you followed news about the following?

 NeverRarelyOccasionallySomewhat oftenOftenVery often
The United States 36 178 409 407 540 469
2% 9% 20% 20% 27% 23%
Countries outside the United States 54 260 454 455 468 347
3% 13% 22% 22% 23% 17%
Global politics and diplomacy 97 355 506 397 364 311
5% 18% 25% 20% 18% 15%
Global climate and environmental issues 97 370 515 425 360 264
5% 18% 25% 21% 18% 13%
International business and economics 141 457 501 370 321 240
7% 23% 25% 18% 16% 12%
Global health issues 93 392 528 458 349 212
5% 19% 26% 23% 17% 10%
International conflicts and peace issues 81 328 482 425 389 317
4% 16% 24% 21% 19% 16%

7. As a [Berkeley] student, how would you rate your competencies below?

 When you started hereCurrent ability level
Understanding of the complexities of global issues
Very poor 83 4%
Poor 400 20%
Fair 723 36%
Good 501 25%
Very good 197 10%
Excellent 106 5%
Very poor 35 2%
Poor 116 6%
Fair 408 21%
Good 669 34%
Very good 494 25%
Excellent 267 13%
Ability to apply disciplinary knowledge in a global context
Very poor 74 4%
Poor 406 20%
Fair 736 37%
Good 499 25%
Very good 191 10%
Excellent 94 5%
Very poor 36 2%
Poor 114 6%
Fair 409 21%
Good 658 34%
Very good 507 26%
Excellent 240 12%
Linguistic and cultural competency in at least one language other than my own
Very poor 160 8%
Poor 357 18%
Fair 607 30%
Good 465 23%
Very good 244 12%
Excellent 171 9%
Very poor 140 7%
Poor 248 13%
Fair 418 21%
Good 511 26%
Very good 388 20%
Excellent 272 14%
Ability to work with people from other cultures
Very poor 27 1%
Poor 78 4%
Fair 485 24%
Good 695 35%
Very good 446 22%
Excellent 272 14%
Very poor 18 1%
Poor 21 1%
Fair 149 8%
Good 546 28%
Very good 751 38%
Excellent 491 25%
Comfort working with people from other cultures
Very poor 24 1%
Poor 86 4%
Fair 424 21%
Good 673 34%
Very good 467 23%
Excellent 328 17%
Very poor 17 1%
Poor 27 1%
Fair 137 7%
Good 503 25%
Very good 727 37%
Excellent 569 29%

8. In the classroom, how often have you been asked to

 NeverRarelyOccasionallySometimesOftenVery often
Acknowledge personal differences 236 393 363 533 361 112
12% 20% 18% 27% 18% 6%
Appreciate the world from someone else's perspective 152 229 359 562 524 172
8% 12% 18% 28% 26% 9%
Interact with someone with views that are different from your own 78 120 305 546 688 259
4% 6% 15% 27% 35% 13%
Discuss and navigate controversial issues 99 199 342 577 570 202
5% 10% 17% 29% 29% 10%
Define an issue or challenge and identify possible solutions 84 160 330 559 635 223
4% 8% 17% 28% 32% 11%
Implement a solution to an issue or challenge 141 284 352 532 510 176
7% 14% 18% 27% 26% 9%
Reflect upon the solution of an issue or challenge 97 201 345 547 607 193
5% 10% 17% 28% 31% 10%
Reflect on community or social issues as a shared responsibility 130 289 368 508 523 180
7% 15% 18% 25% 26% 9%
Reflect on your responsibility for community or social issues 145 307 360 516 491 171
7% 15% 18% 26% 25% 9%
Act on community or social issues 303 482 387 418 300 97
15% 24% 20% 21% 15% 5%

9. Outside the classroom, how often do you

 NeverRarelyOccasionallySometimesOftenVery often
Acknowledge personal differences 45 123 259 436 752 356
2% 6% 13% 22% 38% 18%
Appreciate the world from someone else's perspective 35 107 245 463 755 363
2% 5% 12% 24% 38% 18%
Interact with someone with views that are different from your own 36 104 212 471 701 439
2% 5% 11% 24% 36% 22%
Discuss and navigate controversial issues 48 176 291 578 567 303
2% 9% 15% 29% 29% 15%
Define an issue or challenge and identify possible solutions 51 184 312 546 572 292
3% 9% 16% 28% 29% 15%
Implement a solution to an issue or challenge 96 278 361 511 482 234
5% 14% 18% 26% 25% 12%
Reflect upon the solution of an issue or challenge 65 178 334 511 598 273
3% 9% 17% 26% 31% 14%
Reflect on community or social issues as a shared responsibility 76 219 359 481 550 275
4% 11% 18% 25% 28% 14%
Reflect on your individual responsibility for community or social issues 75 218 338 475 562 294
4% 11% 17% 24% 29% 15%
Act on community or social issues 163 353 376 495 386 185
8% 18% 19% 25% 20% 9%

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Student Life and Development

Goals & Aspirations

1. Indicate how important each of the following college goals is to you.

 Not importantSomewhat importantVery important
Be in a position to give something back to my community after finishing my education 108 734 1,217
5% 36% 59%
Acquire a well-rounded general education 60 447 1,552
3% 22% 75%
Discover what kind of person I really want to be 88 324 1,644
4% 16% 80%
Achieve a high GPA 128 849 1,079
6% 41% 53%
Form romantic relationships 679 884 493
33% 43% 24%
Establish meaningful friendships 50 492 1,517
2% 24% 74%
Prepare for graduate or professional school 137 608 1,317
7% 30% 64%
Obtain the skills I need to pursue my chosen career 23 295 1,739
1% 14% 85%
Be in a position to make a lot of money after finishing my education 320 859 880
16% 42% 43%
Explore new ideas 50 560 1,449
2% 27% 70%
Enjoy my college years before assuming adult responsibilities 243 617 1,200
12% 30% 58%
Develop a personal code of values and ethics 167 681 1,207
8% 33% 59%
Develop an in-depth understanding of a specific field of study 52 537 1,469
3% 26% 71%
Integrate spirituality into my life 1,021 536 499
50% 26% 24%
Establish social networks that will help further my career 133 823 1,104
7% 40% 54%
Obtain the skills I need to function in the international arena 359 828 871
17% 40% 42%

2. Based on your experience and observation, rate the general climate for students at Berkeley along the following dimensions:

Campus climate is

Friendly       Hostile
352 829 599 206 57 15
17% 40% 29% 10% 3% 1%
Caring         Impersonal
198 553 687 372 186 60
10% 27% 33% 18% 9% 3%
Intellectual     Not Intellectual
909 796 250 77 19 5
44% 39% 12% 4% 1% 0%
Tolerant of diversity     Intolerant of diversity
599 871 416 123 38 12
29% 42% 20% 6% 2% 1%
Safe   Dangerous
204 574 705 383 158 31
10% 30% 34% 19% 8% 2%
Too hard academically          Too easy academically
233 719 851 210 40 8
11% 35% 41% 10% 2% 0%
Affordable   Not Affordable
57 253 614 565 399 172
3% 12% 30% 27% 19% 8%

 

3. How often have you gained a deeper understanding of other perspectives through conversations with fellow students because they differed from you in the following ways?

 NeverRarelyOccasionallySomewhat oftenOftenVery often
Their religious beliefs were very different from yours 161 271 640 446 377 135
8% 13% 32% 22% 19% 7%
Their political opinions were very different from yours 107 324 669 485 322 120
5% 16% 33% 24% 16% 6%
They were an immigrant or from an immigrant family 130 242 584 483 424 168
6% 12% 29% 24% 21% 8%
They were of a different nationality from your own 62 128 482 524 538 301
3% 6% 24% 26% 26% 15%
They were of a different race or ethnicity from your own 58 149 464 477 555 329
3% 7% 23% 24% 27% 16%
Their gender was different 102 206 457 534 508 226
5% 10% 23% 26% 25% 11%
Their sexual orientation was different 170 352 572 449 327 158
8% 17% 28% 22% 16% 8%
They were from a different social class 91 218 543 508 453 212
5% 11% 27% 25% 22% 11%
They had physical or other observable disabilities 306 626 544 299 170 77
15% 31% 27% 15% 8% 4%
They had learning, psychological, or other disabilities that are not readily apparent 355 630 511 290 157 80
18% 31% 25% 14% 8% 4%

4. In this academic year, I have heard teaching faculty or instructors express negative or stereotypical views about:

 NeverRarelyOccasionallySomewhat oftenOftenVery often
Races or ethnicities 1,320 474 151 58 29 6
65% 23% 7% 3% 1% 0%
Genders 1,340 451 160 54 23 10
66% 22% 8% 3% 1% 1%
Sexual orientations 1,506 382 87 38 11 7
74% 19% 4% 2% 1% 0%
Political affiliation, opinions or beliefs 866 523 371 154 84 34
43% 26% 18% 8% 4% 2%
Religions 1,296 444 170 69 37 16
64% 22% 8% 3% 2% 1%
Social classes 1,320 432 160 75 33 11
65% 21% 8% 4% 2% 1%
Immigrant backgrounds 1,470 383 106 47 18 7
72% 19% 5% 2% 1% 0%
Physical or other observable disabilities 1,629 297 59 34 10 7
80% 15% 3% 2% 1% 0%
Learning, psychological, or other disabilities that are not readily apparent 1,596 308 69 30 19 8
79% 15% 3% 2% 1% 0%

 

5. In this academic year, I have heard nonteaching staff or administrators express negative or stereotypical views about:

 NeverRarelyOccasionallySomewhat oftenOftenVery often
Races or ethnicities 1,359 387 159 58 32 14
68% 19% 8% 3% 2% 1%
Genders 1,430 367 119 55 23 13
71% 18% 6% 3% 1% 1%
Sexual orientations 1,449 366 110 43 29 8
72% 18% 6% 2% 1% 0%
Political affiliation, opinions or beliefs 1,272 379 198 76 56 22
64% 19% 10% 4% 3% 1%
Religions 1,426 376 108 51 34 9
71% 19% 5% 3% 2% 0%
Social classes 1,428 363 119 58 27 13
71% 18% 6% 3% 1% 1%
Immigrant backgrounds 1,461 350 112 54 20 10
73% 17% 6% 3% 1% 1%
Physical or other observable disabilities 1,554 314 72 38 21 5
78% 16% 4% 2% 1% 0%
Psychological, learning or other disabilities that are not readily apparent 1,545 322 73 31 23 5
77% 16% 4% 2% 1% 0%

6. In this academic year, I have heard students express negative or stereotypical views about:

 NeverRarelyOccasionallySomewhat oftenOftenVery often
Races or ethnicities 261 490 702 325 188 64
13% 24% 35% 16% 9% 3%
Genders 404 556 601 268 144 56
20% 27% 30% 13% 7% 3%
Sexual orientations 407 609 580 230 131 68
20% 30% 29% 11% 7% 3%
Political affiliation, opinions or beliefs 252 383 627 382 238 146
12% 19% 31% 19% 12% 7%
Religions 402 562 551 288 147 71
20% 28% 27% 14% 7% 4%
Social classes 533 622 459 219 126 59
26% 31% 23% 11% 6% 3%
Immigrant backgrounds 643 592 453 179 105 43
32% 29% 23% 9% 5% 2%
Physical or other observable disabilities 986 565 282 102 63 27
49% 28% 14% 5% 3% 1%
Psychological, learning or other disabilities that are not readily apparent 973 578 267 106 69 27
48% 29% 13% 5% 3% 1%

 

7. Please rate your awareness and understanding of the following issues when you started at this campus and now.

When you started here and Current ability level

 When you started hereCurrent ability level
My own racial and ethnic identity
Very poor 28 1%
Poor 92 5%
Fair 523 26%
Good 674 33%
Very good 402 20%
Excellent 300 15%
Very poor 9 0%
Poor 24 1%
Fair 191 10%
Good 641 32%
Very good 659 33%
Excellent 477 24%
Social class and economic differences/issues
Very poor 23 1%
Poor 156 8%
Fair 634 31%
Good 700 35%
Very good 346 17%
Excellent 160 8%
Very poor 8 0%
Poor 17 1%
Fair 164 8%
Good 673 34%
Very good 759 38%
Excellent 380 19%
Racial and ethnic differences/issues
Very poor 24 1%
Poor 160 8%
Fair 607 30%
Good 712 35%
Very good 349 17%
Excellent 165 8%
Very poor 8 0%
Poor 16 1%
Fair 168 8%
Good 694 35%
Very good 747 37%
Excellent 370 19%
Gender differences/issues
Very poor 28 1%
Poor 166 8%
Fair 601 30%
Good 709 35%
Very good 342 17%
Excellent 168 8%
Very poor 12 1%
Poor 22 1%
Fair 225 11%
Good 670 34%
Very good 685 34%
Excellent 386 19%
Sexual orientation differences/issues
Very poor 49 2%
Poor 238 12%
Fair 608 30%
Good 624 31%
Very good 325 16%
Excellent 167 8%
Very poor 13 1%
Poor 18 1%
Fair 244 12%
Good 703 35%
Very good 644 32%
Excellent 367 19%
Physical or other observable disabilities
Very poor 69 3%
Poor 294 15%
Fair 640 32%
Good 566 28%
Very good 285 14%
Excellent 150 8%
Very poor 23 1%
Poor 90 5%
Fair 410 21%
Good 701 35%
Very good 510 26%
Excellent 261 13%
Learning, psychological, or other disabilities that are not readily apparent
Very poor 85 4%
Poor 287 14%
Fair 646 32%
Good 567 28%
Very good 273 14%
Excellent 150 8%
Very poor 34 2%
Poor 97 5%
Fair 421 21%
Good 687 35%
Very good 475 24%
Excellent 276 14%

8. What is your level of agreement or disagreement with the following:

 Strongly disagreeDisagreeSomewhat disagreeSomewhat agreeAgreeStrongly agree
I feel valued as an individual on this campus 67 174 345 779 542 115
3% 9% 17% 39% 27% 6%
There is a clear sense of appropriate and inappropriate behavior on this campus 31 115 362 800 621 90
2% 6% 18% 40% 31% 5%
I am proud to be a student at this campus 19 22 62 388 821 709
1% 1% 3% 19% 41% 35%
Most students are proud to attend this school 5 16 56 399 979 566
0% 1% 3% 20% 48% 28%
This institution values students' opinions 54 104 258 709 656 236
3% 5% 13% 35% 33% 12%
Academic cheating is a problem on this campus 126 557 569 455 202 101
6% 28% 28% 23% 10% 5%
Alcohol use is a problem on this campus 102 458 623 452 251 114
5% 23% 31% 23% 13% 6%
Drug use is a problem on this campus 99 403 540 517 290 151
5% 20% 27% 26% 15% 8%
Diversity is important on this campus 28 56 127 508 853 448
1% 3% 6% 25% 42% 22%
Diversity is important to me 31 46 87 445 730 679
2% 2% 4% 22% 36% 34%

 

Mental Health and Wellness

9. During this academic year, how often has feeling depressed, stressed, or upset been an obstacle to your school work or academic success?

Never 95 5%
Rarely 335 17%
Occasionally 625 31%
Somewhat often 415 20%
Often 333 16%
Very often 233 11%

11. In this academic year, what was your experience with Berkeley Student Counseling & Support Services' counseling and psychological services?

Didn't need 1,271 63%
Needed but didn't use 513 25%
Used the service at least once 247 12%

10a. If you might have needed this service but didn't use this service, why not?

 True for meNot true for me
I had never heard of it 153 352
30% 70%
I didn't know what it offered 271 234
54% 46%
I didn't know if I was eligible 262 241
52% 48%
I didn't know how to access it 278 224
55% 45%
I didn't think it would help 291 210
58% 42%
I had concerns about possible costs 277 226
55% 45%
I had concerns about possible lack of confidentiality 186 313
37% 63%
I was embarrassed to use it 282 222
56% 44%
I didn't have enough time 394 110
78% 22%
It has a poor reputation 65 436
13% 87%
The hours are inconvenient 108 389
22% 78%
The location is inconvenient 126 373
25% 75%
The wait for an appointment was too long 113 382
23% 77%
I got help from another university service or staff person 62 433
13% 88%
I got help off campus 119 376
24% 76%

10a. Was the treatment that you received effective?

Very effective 33 14%
Effective 140 57%
Not effective 62 25%
Not applicable 10 4%

10b. Please rate the quality of service that you received.

Excellent 73 30%
Good 109 44%
Fair 54 22%
Poor 10 4%

10c. How could the Student Counseling & Support Services' counseling service better serve your needs? Please be specific. (Enter answer in paragraph form)

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Summary Observations

11. Please describe for us the most important way that you have changed or developed as a person since you became a student at UC Berkeley. (Enter answer in paragraph form)

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12. Please describe for us the most important way in which your awareness, understanding, or relationship to the world we live in has changed since you became a student at UC Berkeley. (Enter answer in paragraph form)

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ITEMS OF SPECIAL INTEREST TO UC BERKELEY

This section is designed to help the campus administration better understand your experience with advising and student support services. It also includes questions about your connection to Cal and impressions of the campus. Your responses may be shared anonymously with faculty, staff, and other current and future students as part of an effort to improve the undergraduate experience at Cal.

1. What is the one activity, involvement or ongoing experience that makes you feel most connected to Cal? (Please write the name of this or describe briefly.)

 (N=2,114)    [Contact OPA for more information]

1a. Which of these best describes the nature of this experience at Cal?

Primarily ACADEMIC (related to your major, etc.) 865 43%
Primarily CO-CURRICULAR (student group or other organized activity) 699 35%
Primarily INTERPERSONAL (friends, informal activities) 358 18%
Other 84 4%

2. Which of these best describes how you identify with Cal?

It is my core identity-I am a Cal student! 253 12%
It is a very important part of who I am 923 44%
It is a somewhat important part of who I am 591 28%
It is a part of who I am but not that important 261 13%
I do NOT identify with Cal at all 57 3%

3. Please indicate your level of agreement or disagreement with the following statements:

 Strongly disagreeDisagreeSomewhat disagreeSomewhat agreeAgreeStrongly agree
Berkeley has a strong commitment to undergraduate education 42 83 193 602 876 297
2% 4% 9% 29% 42% 14%
I feel valued as an individual on this campus 74 172 379 694 589 183
4% 8% 18% 33% 28% 9%
I am proud to be a student at this campus 19 28 66 390 841 747
1% 1% 3% 19% 40% 36%
Most students are proud to attend this school 9 5 53 362 1,036 621
0% 0% 3% 17% 50% 30%
This institution values students' opinions 56 96 249 678 762 242
3% 5% 12% 33% 37% 12%
Diversity is important on this campus 39 74 138 464 871 502
2% 4% 7% 22% 42% 24%
Diversity is important to me 25 46 109 381 791 737
1% 2% 5% 18% 38% 35%

Advising Experiences

4. As you think about the range of academic advising that you have received in your department and/or college, please indicate how much you agree with the following statements:

 Strongly disagreeDisagreeSomewhat disagreeSomewhat agreeAgreeStrongly agree
Academic advisors provided the encouragement and guidance needed to persist and succeed during my transition to Cal 109 177 302 672 571 215
5% 9% 15% 33% 28% 11%
Academic advisors provided the encouragement and guidance needed to persist and succeed during my time of deciding on or declaring a major 108 168 279 680 572 212
5% 8% 14% 34% 28% 11%
Academic advisors have helped me connect with enrichment opportunities (e.g., study abroad, research opportunities, service learning) 127 274 378 623 445 183
6% 14% 19% 31% 22% 9%
As a result of academic advising, I am more likely to reach my full academic potential 142 258 400 625 443 171
7% 13% 20% 31% 22% 8%
Academic advisors have provided me with strategies to improve my time management 183 390 459 557 316 108
9% 19% 23% 28% 16% 5%
Academic advisors have provided me with strategies to manage my financial resources 236 469 463 464 279 86
12% 24% 23% 23% 14% 4%
Academic advising is coordinated across campus in ways that make it easy to get things done 228 309 424 598 356 99
11% 15% 21% 30% 18% 5%
Planning my schedule with an academic advisor has been beneficial to my academic progress 142 227 299 613 518 219
7% 11% 15% 30% 26% 11%
I am confident in the accuracy of the information I receive from academic advisors 98 118 223 601 694 295
5% 6% 11% 30% 34% 15%
I have been provided with advising services that are sensitive to my unique characteristics as an individual (e.g., gender identity, ethnic/racial identity) 206 295 344 586 410 152
10% 15% 17% 29% 21% 8%
I am aware of which classes are required to declare and/or successfully complete my desired major 23 30 78 349 849 691
1% 2% 4% 17% 42% 34%

 

5. During this academic year, how often have you …

 NeverRarelyOccasionallySomewhat oftenOftenVery often

received consistent information from academic advisors across campus

158

310

439

434

509

178

8%

15%

22%

21%

25%

9%

left advising sessions confused and/or with unanswered questions

472

650

459

237

141

64

23%

32%

23%

12%

7%

3%

been treated with respect during an advising session

87

61

176

310

820

567

4%

3%

9%

15%

41%

28%

 

6. During this academic year, how often has …

 NeverRarelyOccasionallySomewhat oftenOftenVery often
meeting with an academic advisor helped you develop strategies for balancing your schoolwork with other competing obligations/activities 500 437 397 341 247 82
25% 22% 20% 17% 12% 4%
meeting with an academic advisor prompted you to seek out an opportunity that you would not have otherwise considered 517 381 422 329 261 94
26% 19% 21% 16% 13% 5%
meeting with an academic advisor helped you clarify your career/"life after Cal" goals 602 414 380 313 205 88
30% 21% 19% 16% 10% 4%
meeting with an academic advisor helped you better understand your academic interests and goals 467 364 413 364 277 115
23% 18% 21% 18% 14% 6%
meeting with an academic advisor helped you to make timely progress to your degree 347 259 421 401 396 179
17% 13% 21% 20% 20% 9%

Student Support Services Advising

7. There are many places on campus where a student might receive advising or counseling, outside of the academic departments and colleges. Below is a list of some of these student support services. For each of the following advising/student support resources, please indicate whether or not you have used the service, and how satisfied you've been.

 Have not heard about until nowHave heard about but had no need to useHad the need, but did not useUsed and found the service helpfulUsed, but found the service not that helpful
Career Center 63 618 417 754 182
3% 30% 21% 37% 9%
New Student Services (CalSO, Welcome Activities) 116 485 142 1,002 263
6% 24% 7% 50% 13%
Recreational Sports Facility (Wellness Advising) 357 582 214 805 56
18% 29% 11% 40% 3%
Student Learning Center 67 736 248 847 122
3% 36% 12% 42% 6%
Tang Center (Counseling Services) 99 842 257 647 135
5% 43% 13% 33% 7%
Academic Achievement Program (Includes SSS Scholars Academy, McNair Scholars Program, & Miller Scholars Program) 1,207 525 154 104 26
60% 26% 8% 5% 1%
Academic Services in the Residential Halls (Includes Tutoring, Peer Advising) 357 1,022 216 344 74
18% 51% 11% 17% 4%
Athletic Study Center 1,140 714 72 73 11
57% 36% 4% 4% 1%
Berkeley International Office 1,049 720 82 137 25
52% 36% 4% 7% 1%
Berkeley Study Abroad Office 414 1,032 174 346 53
21% 51% 9% 17% 3%
Cal Corps Public Service Center 953 765 112 151 18
48% 38% 6% 8% 1%
Center for Student Leadership (Includes Student Organization, fraternities & sororities, Leadership Program, & Cal Debate) 764 819 118 262 53
38% 41% 6% 13% 3%
Disabled Students' Program 376 1,376 100 137 26
19% 68% 5% 7% 1%
Fall Program for Freshmen (UC Extension) 411 1,260 97 197 40
21% 63% 5% 10% 2%
Freshmen Edge Program (Summer Sessions) 879 966 81 60 15
44% 48% 4% 3% 1%
Gender Equity Resource Center (LGBT, Women, Sexual/Relationship Violence Advocacy) 757 1,020 90 118 22
38% 51% 5% 6% 1%
Multicultural Student Development (African American Student Development, Asian Pacific American Student Development, Chicano/Latino Student Development, Cross-Cultural Student Development, Multicultural Community Center, Multicultural Immigrant Student Program, &  Native American Advisory Council) 823 883 96 181 28
41% 44% 5% 9% 1%
Office of Undergraduate Research/ Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program 545 703 344 323 101
27% 35% 17% 16% 5%
Professional Development Program 1,355 469 100 63 15
68% 23% 5% 3% 1%
Residence Hall Staff (Resident Directors, Program Assistants, Resident Assistants, Theme Program Advisors) 293 919 122 533 132
15% 46% 6% 27% 7%
Scholarship Connection 1,273 417 149 119 45
64% 21% 7% 6% 2%
SLAS/EOP (Services for first-generation/low-income students) 1,185 500 123 161 37
59% 25% 6% 8% 2%
Transfer, Re-entry & Student Parent Center (TRSP) 962 714 99 199 33
48% 36% 5% 10% 2%
Transfer Edge Program (Summer Sessions) 1,236 606 85 64 17
62% 30% 4% 3% 1%

8. As you continue to think about the range of student support services that you receive outside of your department and/or college, please indicate how much you agree with the following statements.

 Strongly disagreeDisagreeSomewhat disagreeSomewhat agreeAgreeStrongly agree
Student services staff provided the encouragement and guidance needed to persist and succeed during my transition to Cal 123 211 238 865 425 82
6% 11% 12% 45% 22% 4%
Student services staff provided the encouragement and guidance needed to persist and succeed during my time of deciding on or declaring a major 122 251 278 802 405 67
6% 13% 14% 42% 21% 4%
Student services staff have helped me connect with enrichment opportunities (e.g., study abroad, research opportunities, service learning) 130 286 361 707 373 71
7% 15% 19% 37% 19% 4%
As a result of student services staff, I am more likely to reach my full academic potential 137 272 371 719 353 76
7% 14% 19% 37% 18% 4%
Student services staff have provided me with strategies to improve my time management 149 353 394 666 304 55
8% 18% 21% 35% 16% 3%
Student services staff have provided me with strategies to manage my financial resources 170 408 397 615 261 54
9% 22% 21% 32% 14% 3%
Student services are coordinated across campus in ways that make it easy to get things done 154 282 384 728 298 59
8% 15% 20% 38% 16% 3%
Planning my schedule with a student services staff has been beneficial to my academic progress 159 312 341 702 317 70
8% 17% 18% 37% 17% 4%
I am confident in the accuracy of the information I receive from student services staff 112 179 264 768 495 102
6% 9% 14% 40% 26% 5%
I have been provided with student advising services that are sensitive to my unique characteristics as an individual (e.g., gender identity, ethnic/racial identity) 155 276 305 702 352 97
8% 15% 16% 37% 19% 5%

9. During this academic year, how often have you …

 NeverRarelyOccasionallySomewhat oftenOftenVery often
received consistent information from student services staff across campus 379 299 404 422 352 74
20% 16% 21% 22% 18% 4%
left a meeting with student services staff confused and/or with unanswered questions 599 558 369 232 125 33
31% 29% 19% 12% 7% 2%
been treated with respect during a meeting with student services staff 312 120 226 356 619 263
17% 6% 12% 19% 33% 14%

10. During this academic year, how often has …

 NeverRarelyOccasionallySomewhat oftenOftenVery often
meeting with student services staff helped you develop strategies for balancing your schoolwork with other competing obligations/activities 605 340 387 318 200 52
32% 18% 20% 17% 11% 3%
meeting with student services staff prompted you to seek out an opportunity that you would not have otherwise considered 596 333 418 307 193 53
31% 18% 22% 16% 10% 3%
meeting with student services staff helped you clarify your career/"life after Cal" goals 640 375 378 277 176 48
34% 20% 20% 15% 9% 3%
meeting with student services staff helped you better understand your academic interests and goals 601 327 382 323 217 49
32% 17% 20% 17% 11% 3%
meeting with student services staff helped you to make timely progress to your degree 588 287 392 317 240 64
31% 15% 21% 17% 13% 3%

Academic Advising & Student Support Services

11. If there were one thing that advising and student services staff could do differently to aid in the success of students like you, what would it be?

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Mental Health and Wellness

12. During this academic year, how often has feeling depressed, stressed, or upset been an obstacle to your school work or academic success?

Never 88 4%
Rarely 376 18%
Occasionally 669 33%
Somewhat often 363 18%
Often 301 15%
Very often 243 12%

13. In this academic year, what was your experience with UC Berkeley Center for Counseling and Mental Health counseling and psychological services?

Didn’t need 1,240 61%
Needed but didn’t use 558 28%
Used the service at least once 234 12%

13a. If you might have needed this service but didn't use this service, why not?

 

True for me Not true for me
I had never heard of it 177 373
32% 68%
I didn't know what it offered 335 211
61% 39%
I didn't know if I was eligible 307 238
56% 44%
I didn't think it would help 348 198
64% 36%
I had concerns about possible costs 317 229
58% 42%
I had concerns about possible lack of confidentiality 214 330
39% 61%
I didn’t have enough time 430 118
79% 22%
It has a poor reputation 63 475
12% 88%
The hours are inconvenient 145 389
27% 73%
The wait for an appointment was too long 160 372
30% 70%
I got help from another university service or staff person 47 488
9% 91%
I got help off campus 123 413
23% 77%

13a. Was the treatment that you received effective?

Very effective 35 15%
Effective 140 60%
Not effective 47 20%
Not applicable 12 5%

13b. Please rate the quality of service that you received.

Excellent 79 34%
Good 105 45%
Fair 41 18%
Poor 8 3%

13d. How could the Student Counseling & Support Services' counseling service better serve your needs? Please be specific.

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Closing Comment

What is the SINGLE, MOST IMPORTANT thing that your campus could realistically do to create a better undergraduate experience for students like you? Please describe only one and use fewer than 50 words (256 characters). (Enter answer in paragraph form)

(N=8,210)    [Contact OPA for more information]

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