2018 SONS FPF - Part 3: Random Module

Academic Experience
Student Life and Development
Items of Special Interest (Advising and Course Selection)
Items of Special interest (AP Experiences)

Academic Experience

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

Strongly disagreeDisagreeDisagree somewhatAgree somewhatAgreeStrongly agree
UC Berkeley has a strong commitment to undergraduate education 0 2 4 33 64 37
0% 1% 3% 24% 46% 26%
Attending a university with world-class researchers is important to me 0 3 4 25 58 49
0% 2% 3% 18% 42% 35%
The emphasis on research at UC Berkeley detracts from the quality of teaching on this campus 2 29 24 32 31 21
1% 21% 17% 23% 22% 15%

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

Not important at allNot very importantSomewhat importantImportantVery importantEssential
The prestige of this campus/faculty when you apply to grad school 1 5 13 44 42 35
1% 4% 9% 31% 30% 25%
The prestige of this campus when you apply for a job 1 2 10 36 50 41
1% 1% 7% 26% 36% 29%
Having access to a world-class library collection 1 3 22 38 42 34
1% 2% 16% 27% 30% 24%
Being able to attend plays, concerts, lectures, and other cultural events 2 6 12 51 34 35
1% 4% 8% 36% 24% 25%

How do you expect to use the library and library staff while you are at UC Berkeley? (Check all that apply)

Selected
To find data and statistical information 85
57%
As a quiet place to study 83
55%
For help in learning to do academic research 81
54%
To find scholarly articles 95
63%
For help in organizing my research 84
56%
As a place to work on group projects 77
51%
For printing, copying and scanning 82
55%
To find books 91
61%
Other (please specify)
[Contact OPA for more information]
0
0%

If you were seeking help in doing library research, which ways would you prefer to communicate? Rank the following in order of preference from 1 (strongest preference) to 6 or from 1 to 7 if you select 'Other' below.

- Individual help at a library reference desk

ResponseNumberPercent
1 41 32%
2 23 18%
3 34 26%
4 8 6%
5 15 12%
6 6 5%
7 2 2%

- Individual help by appointment

ResponseNumberPercent
1 30 23%
2 31 24%
3 12 9%
4 29 22%
5 19 15%
6 8 6%
7 1 1%

- Take an hour-long class in library research methods

ResponseNumberPercent
1 7 5%
2 11 9%
3 14 11%
4 15 12%
5 20 16%
6 56 43%
7 6 5%

- Use a virtual chat widget

ResponseNumberPercent
1 10 8%
2 12 9%
3 12 9%
4 27 21%
5 34 26%
6 30 23%
7 4 3%

- Email

ResponseNumberPercent
1 26 20%
2 26 20%
3 32 24%
4 22 17%
5 15 12%
6 9 7%
7 1 1%

- Phone

ResponseNumberPercent
1 17 13%
2 26 20%
3 25 19%
4 27 21%
5 23 17%
6 12 9%
7 2 2%

- Other [Contact OPA for more information]

ResponseNumberPercent
1 2 5%
2 2 5%
3 1 3%
4 1 3%
5 3 8%
6 7 18%
7 23 59%

While attending UC Berkeley, how often would you like to interact with students from a country or state outside of your own in class (e.g., through section discussions, study groups or class projects)?

ResponseNumberPercent
Never 1 1%
Rarely 7 5%
Occasionally 13 9%
Somewhat often 28 20%
Often 40 29%
Very often 49 36%

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

ResponseNumberPercent
Not important 2 2%
Not very important 1 1%
Somewhat important 6 5%
Important 23 17%
Very important 40 30%
Essential 61 46%

If changes to course availability and other factors made it possible to earn your degree in 3 years, what is the likelihood you would attempt to graduate in 3 years?

ResponseNumberPercent
Very likely 44 32%
Somewhat likely 37 27%
Neither likely nor unlikely 27 20%
Somewhat unlikely 17 12%
Very unlikely 12 9%

Regarding choice of a major, what advice have you received?

Decide on a major as soon as possibleTake your time; explore optionsNo advice given
From your family 43 79 15
31% 58% 11%
From UC Berkeley advisors 8 108 21
6% 79% 15%
From friends 26 79 29
19% 59% 22%
From fellow UC Berkeley students 28 83 25
21% 61% 18%
From former teachers, instructors, or counselors 17 100 19
13% 74% 14%

What do you plan to do about a major?

ResponseNumberPercent
I have declared a major 8 6%
I will declare a major as soon as possible 78 57%
I plan to take my time and explore options 51 37%

Student Life & Development

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

Not importantSomewhat importantVery important
Be in a position to give back to my community after finishing my education 3 44 98
2% 30% 68%
Acquire a well-rounded general education 3 25 117
2% 17% 81%
Explore and discover my personal identity 5 24 116
3% 17% 80%
Achieve a high GPA 6 40 99
4% 28% 68%
Form (a) romantic relationship(s) 26 62 56
18% 43% 39%
Establish meaningful friendships 1 21 122
1% 15% 85%
Be in a position to make a lot of money after finishing my education 10 41 94
7% 28% 65%
Explore new ideas 2 36 107
1% 25% 74%
Enjoy my college years before assuming adult responsibilities 3 30 110
2% 21% 77%
Develop an in-depth understanding of a specific field of study 1 24 119
1% 17% 83%
Integrate spirituality into my life 51 30 63
35% 21% 44%
Establish social networks that will help further my career 3 29 111
2% 20% 78%

On the scale from 1 to 6 below, please indicate how concerned you are about each of the following:

(1) Not at all concerned(2)(3)(4)(5)(6) Very concerned
Financing my education at UC Berkeley 20 21 17 29 24 33
14% 15% 12% 20% 17% 23%
Finding affordable housing while I'm a student at UC Berkeley 12 11 16 26 38 36
9% 8% 12% 19% 27% 26%
Getting into my first choice of major 8 13 16 27 37 41
6% 9% 11% 19% 26% 29%
Being able to maintain a high GPA 3 7 8 24 42 59
2% 5% 6% 17% 29% 41%
Getting the academic advising I need 10 7 23 43 35 23
7% 5% 16% 31% 25% 16%
Getting the career and professional advising I need 5 12 15 51 37 21
4% 9% 11% 36% 26% 15%
Getting the psychological counseling I might need 23 33 27 25 18 15
16% 23% 19% 18% 13% 11%
Getting along with my roommate(s) 43 28 23 24 17 6
31% 20% 16% 17% 12% 4%
Being able to balance academic and social activities 9 8 22 39 39 25
6% 6% 16% 28% 28% 18%
Being able to make the kind of friends I want 13 12 20 32 35 28
9% 9% 14% 23% 25% 20%
Being away from family and friends; being 'homesick' 27 22 18 35 22 17
19% 16% 13% 25% 16% 12%
Being able to maintain good health 15 16 24 32 32 23
11% 11% 17% 23% 23% 16%
Being able to cope with expectations of parents and family 21 14 18 38 25 26
15% 10% 13% 27% 18% 18%
Being overwhelmed with all the things I'm expected to do my first semester 11 9 13 35 41 33
8% 6% 9% 25% 29% 23%
Regretting my decision to attend UC Berkeley 44 31 21 21 16 8
31% 22% 15% 15% 11% 6%

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

Campus climate is...

ResponseNumberPercent
(6) Friendly 23 16%
(5) 54 38%
(4) 44 31%
(3) 17 12%
(2) 3 2%
(1) Hostile 2 1%

ResponseNumberPercent
(6) Caring 16 11%
(5) 49 34%
(4) 46 32%
(3) 27 19%
(2) 3 2%
(1) Impersonal 2 1%

ResponseNumberPercent
(6) Intellectual 79 56%
(5) 38 27%
(4) 16 11%
(3) 5 4%
(2) 2 1%
(1) Not intellectual 1 1%

ResponseNumberPercent
(6) Appreciative of diversity 53 37%
(5) 48 34%
(4) 22 15%
(3) 12 8%
(2) 5 4%
(1) Unappreciative of diversity 3 2%

ResponseNumberPercent
(6) Safe 21 15%
(5) 17 12%
(4) 35 25%
(3) 35 25%
(2) 24 17%
(1) Dangerous 8 6%

ResponseNumberPercent
(6) Too hard academically 22 16%
(5) 55 39%
(4) 51 36%
(3) 14 10%
(2) 0 0%
(1) Too easy academically 0 0%

ResponseNumberPercent
(6) Competitive 68 48%
(5) 47 33%
(4) 24 17%
(3) 4 3%
(2) 0 0%
(1) Not Competitive 0 0%

ResponseNumberPercent
(6) Affordable 4 3%
(5) 27 19%
(4) 40 28%
(3) 39 27%
(2) 22 15%
(1) Not affordable 11 8%

As you start your first semester at UC Berkeley, please rank your concerns in these five general areas. One (1) is first or the area of most concern. (Rank the following from 1 to 5)

- Being successful academically (e.g., understanding material, GPA, getting into the major I want)

ResponseNumberPercent
1 63 44%
2 39 27%
3 19 13%
4 12 8%
5 10 7%

- Financing my education at UC Berkeley (e.g., money for expenses, being able to work, finding affordable housing)

ResponseNumberPercent
1 23 16%
2 19 13%
3 17 12%
4 23 16%
5 61 43%

- Making good choices, finding direction for my life (e.g., what I want to do after college, making the right career choice)

ResponseNumberPercent
1 14 10%
2 29 20%
3 29 20%
4 44 31%
5 27 19%

- Balancing things, finding time for everything (e.g., balancing academic and social life, not being overwhelmed)

ResponseNumberPercent
1 30 21%
2 26 18%
3 47 33%
4 27 19%
5 13 9%

- Making friends, having a personal life (e.g., not being lonely, having a good relationship)

ResponseNumberPercent
1 10 7%
2 27 19%
3 37 26%
4 37 26%
5 32 22%

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

Very poorPoorFairGoodVery goodExcellent
Understanding of the complexities of global issues 1 9 45 43 27 17
1% 6% 32% 30% 19% 12%
Ability to apply disciplinary knowledge in a global context 1 8 45 47 26 16
1% 6% 32% 33% 18% 11%
Comfort working with people from other cultures 1 1 18 31 46 45
1% 1% 13% 22% 32% 32%

To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statement?
Opportunities to develop my leadership skills while at UC Berkeley are important to me.

ResponseNumberPercent
Strongly disagree 11 8%
Disagree 0 0%
Disagree somewhat 5 4%
Agree somewhat 26 18%
Agree 57 40%
Strongly agree 45 31%

Items of Special Interest (Advising and Course Selection)

What type of advising do you expect and hope to receive from an advisor? Please rank from 1 to 7, in order of what is personally important to you, assigning a 1 to the option you feel is most important.

- Career and Professional advising

ResponseNumberPercent
1 21 18%
2 20 17%
3 14 12%
4 16 14%
5 21 18%
6 21 18%
7 5 4%

- Choosing classes

ResponseNumberPercent
1 29 25%
2 19 16%
3 27 23%
4 16 14%
5 11 9%
6 10 9%
7 6 5%

- Enrichment opportunities (e.g., Study abroad, research)

ResponseNumberPercent
1 9 8%
2 16 14%
3 18 15%
4 19 16%
5 20 17%
6 22 19%
7 14 12%

- Financial aid and scholarships

ResponseNumberPercent
1 24 20%
2 9 8%
3 12 10%
4 12 10%
5 14 12%
6 15 13%
7 32 27%

- Understanding Campus Resources

ResponseNumberPercent
1 8 7%
2 10 9%
3 8 7%
4 16 14%
5 14 12%
6 25 21%
7 37 31%

- Selecting a major

ResponseNumberPercent
1 11 9%
2 23 20%
3 18 15%
4 21 18%
5 13 11%
6 13 11%
7 19 16%

- Academic Support

ResponseNumberPercent
1 16 14%
2 21 18%
3 21 18%
4 18 15%
5 25 21%
6 12 10%
7 5 4%

Did you use any of the following resources/people when selecting courses for your first semester? Please select all that apply.

Selected
Golden Bear Advising online content 34
26%
Golden Bear Advising interactive activities (e.g. completing assignments/quizzes, uploading class schedule, direct messaging with advisors, chatroom conversations) 28
21%
Other online resources (e.g., department website, Facebook, online Berkeley Academic Guide) 52
39%
College advisor in your home College (e.g., Letters & Science, College of Engineering) 47
36%
Major advisor 18
14%
Co-curricular Advisors/Student Services Support Staff (e.g., advising staff working in offices such as the Educational Opportunity Program, the Berkeley International Office, the Transfer Center) 12
9%
Faculty member 9
7%
Another student 42
32%
Parent, Guardian, or family member 53
40%
Friend(s) 44
33%
No resource/person 5
4%
Other (please specify)
[Contact OPA for more information]
0
0%

Who provided the most useful guidance in the selection of your courses for the current term?

ResponseNumberPercent
Golden Bear Advising online content 7 6%
Golden Bear Advising interactive activities 5 4%
Other online resources 27 23%
College advisor in your home College 23 20%
Major advisor 2 2%
Co-curricular Advisors/Student Services Support Staff 9 8%
Faculty member 5 4%
Another student 8 7%
Parent, Guardian, or family member 16 14%
Friend(s) 5 4%
No resource/person 10 9%
Other
[Contact OPA for more information]
1 1%

How satisfied are you with the amount of individualized guidance you received from the people you consulted with in selecting your courses?

ResponseNumberPercent
Very dissatisfied 2 2%
Dissatisfied 11 9%
Somewhat dissatisfied 10 8%
Somewhat satisfied 42 35%
Satisfied 46 38%
Very satisfied 9 8%

Since being admitted, have you ever received advice from two different offices or staff members at UC Berkeley that was contradictory or in conflict?

ResponseNumberPercent
Yes 11 14%
No 108 89%

Please provide a brief explanation of what happened (when you received advice from two different offices or staff members at UC Berkeley that was contradictory or in conflict)

[Contact OPA for more information]

Select the top three factors that most influenced how you selected courses for your first semester.

First:

ResponseNumberPercent
I found the subject generally interesting 43 36%
Parental desires 0 0%
Recommendation of continuing UC Berkeley student 3 3%
Recommendation of another new UC Berkeley student 2 2%
Academic Advisor 5 4%
Co-curricular Advisor/Student Services Support Staff 2 2%
I thought/had heard a course was not as rigorous or demanding 1 1%
Reputation of professor 1 2%
Course(s) fulfilled a general or breadth requirement (e.g., Reading and Composition, American Cultures, Foreign Languages, etc.) 37 31%
Course(s) fulfilled a major requirement 14 12%
The course fit my schedule 5 4%
Prepares me for my major 6 5%

Second:

ResponseNumberPercent
I found the subject generally interesting 17 14%
Parental desires 1 1%
Recommendation of continuing UC Berkeley student 6 5%
Recommendation of another new UC Berkeley student 1 1%
Academic Advisor 9 8%
Co-curricular Advisor/Student Services Support Staff 1 1%
I thought/had heard a course was not as rigorous or demanding 2 2%
Reputation of professor 6 5%
Course(s) fulfilled a general or breadth requirement (e.g., Reading and Composition, American Cultures, Foreign Languages, etc.) 35 30%
Course(s) fulfilled a major requirement 15 13%
The course fit my schedule 18 15%
Prepares me for my major 7 6%

Third:

ResponseNumberPercent
I found the subject generally interesting 17 15%
Parental desires 2 2%
Recommendation of continuing UC Berkeley student 2 2%
Recommendation of another new UC Berkeley student 2 2%
Academic Advisor 8 7%
Co-curricular Advisor/Student Services Support Staff 1 1%
I thought/had heard a course was not as rigorous or demanding 6 5%
Reputation of professor 8 7%
Course(s) fulfilled a general or breadth requirement (e.g., Reading and Composition, American Cultures, Foreign Languages, etc.) 21 18%
Course(s) fulfilled a major requirement 13 11%
The course fit my schedule 22 19%
Prepares me for my major 15 13%

What other factors did you consider when setting up your course schedule for the current term?

[Contact OPA for more information]

How satisfied are you with each of the following, based on your experiences with accessing courses for the current semester?

Very dissatisfiedDissatisfiedSomewhat dissatisfiedSomewhat satisfiedSatisfiedVery satisfied
Availability of courses for general education or breadth requirements 5 5 6 27 61 14
4% 4% 5% 23% 52% 12%
Availability of courses to fulfill prerequisite requirements 5 9 13 31 43 17
4% 8% 11% 26% 36% 14%
Ability to get into the lectures or seminars (i.e., primary courses) you wanted 5 5 14 30 46 16
4% 4% 12% 26% 40% 14%
Ability to get into the discussion sections or labs (i.e., secondary courses) you wanted 5 5 12 35 43 18
4% 4% 10% 30% 36% 15%
Variety of courses available 8 8 15 24 45 16
7% 7% 13% 21% 39% 14%
Access to small classes 2 6 10 22 54 24
2% 5% 9% 19% 46% 20%

Items of Special Interest (AP Experiences)

At UC Berkeley, there are "common-good" courses that are identified as serving the broad student community as well as being critical to students' intellectual development, academic success, and timely graduation. These common-good courses include Reading and Composition (both 1a and 1b), lower division "gateway" courses in Math & Science (Chemistry, Statistics, Math, Physics, and Biology), and Foreign Language Instruction.

As the campus continues to work toward increasing access to these common-good courses, planning for the appropriate number of students who will be enrolling in these courses is essential for proper resource allocation. Thus, we would like to get a sense of whether you, personally, have fulfilled some of these requirements through exams (e.g., AP, A-level English, International Baccalaureate Higher Level English Language A1 or A2) and, if so, if you still plan to enroll in a course at Berkeley that would also fulfill the requirement.

We also want to know if you have been able to access the classes you need.

Do you have an exam score in the appropriate subject that, if used, will fulfill your UC Berkeley Reading and Composition 1a requirement?

ResponseNumberPercent
Yes 52 44%
No 56 47%
Don't know 11 9%

Do you have an exam score in the appropriate subject that, if used, will fulfill your UC Berkeley Reading and Composition 1b requirement?

ResponseNumberPercent
Yes 16 13%
No 89 75%
Don't know 14 12%

Will you use your exam score to actually fulfill the Reading & Composition 1a requirement?

ResponseNumberPercent
Yes 47 90%
No 2 4%
Don't know 3 6%

Will you use your exam score to actually fulfill the Reading & Composition 1b requirement?

ResponseNumberPercent
Yes 11 69%
No 4 25%
Don't know 1 6%

You indicated that you have an exam score that will fulfill your UC Berkeley Reading & Composition 1a requirement, but that you will NOT use this score to fulfill the requirement. Please share with us the reason(s) why you will not use your exam score to fulfill your R&C 1a requirement and will instead enroll in one of the UCB courses that will fulfill this requirement.

[Contact OPA for more information]

You indicated that you have an exam score that will fulfill your UC Berkeley Reading & Composition 1b requirement, but that you will NOT use this score to fulfill the requirement. Please share with us the reason(s) why you will not use your exam score to fulfill your R&C 1b requirement and will instead enroll in one of the UCB courses that will fulfill this requirement.

[Contact OPA for more information]

Are you currently enrolled/planning to complete a Reading & Composition 1a course this semester?

ResponseNumberPercent
Yes 50 41%
No 71 59%

Are you currently enrolled/planning to complete a Reading & Composition 1b course this semester?

ResponseNumberPercent
Yes 43 36%
No 78 65%

Why did you not enroll in a Reading & Composition 1a course this semester? (Please select the primary reason)

ResponseNumberPercent
I had a preference for an R&C 1a course in a particular department, but it was already full 0 0%
I could not gain access into ANY of the R&C 1a courses offered across the various departments on campus 2 8%
I did not like the times of the remaining courses that had available seats 1 4%
I decided to wait until another semester for reasons not listed above 5 21%
I will be using exam credit (e.g., AP, A-level English, International Baccalaureate Higher Level English Language A1 or A2) instead 3 13%
I did not know my AP score 1 4%
I have not yet passed the Analytical Writing Paper Exam (AWPE) 5 21%
I don’t know 4 17%
Other, please specify:
[Contact OPA for more information]
3 13%

Why did you not enroll in a Reading & Composition 1b course this semester? (Please select the primary reason)

ResponseNumberPercent
I have not yet satisfied the first half of the R&C requirement (R&C 1a) 44 69%
I had a preference for an R&C 1b course in a particular department, but it was already full 0 0%
I could not gain access into ANY of the R&C 1b courses offered across the various departments on campus 1 2%
I did not like the times of the remaining courses that had available seats 1 2%
I decided to wait until another semester for reasons not listed above 9 14%
I will be using exam credit (e.g., AP, A-level English, International Baccalaureate Higher Level English Language A1 or A2) instead 1 2%
I did not know my AP score 1 2%
I don’t know 5 8%
Other, please specify:
[Contact OPA for more information]
2 3%

You indicated that the primary reason for not enrolling in an R&C course was because you had a preference for an R&C course offered in a particular department and that course was full. Please share with us which department(s) you were hoping to take an R&C course from and briefly describe why you prefer to take a course from that particular department:

[Contact OPA for more information]

Did you have an AP of 4 or 5 in Math, Chemistry, Biology or Physics?

ResponseNumberPercent
Yes 42 34%
No 81 66%

Regarding use of AP eligibility, what advice have you received?

Don't AP out; take the entry course at BerkeleyAP out; take a more advanced courseNo advice given
From my family 12 38 69
10% 32% 58%
From UC Berkeley advisors 16 13 87
14% 11% 75%
From friends 11 43 63
9% 37% 54%
From fellow UC Berkeley students 12 33 73
10% 28% 62%
From former teachers, instructors, or counselors 15 36 65
13% 31% 56%

If you could have used your AP scores for course credits, what did/will you do?

ResponseNumberPercent
Not applicable 28 -
I am taking all the credit that I can and enrolling in advanced courses 41 44%
I am taking some credit but not all that I could 37 40%
I am taking the entry courses at UC Berkeley instead of the credit 11 12%
Other, please specify:
[Contact OPA for more information]
4 4%

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