2020 SONS FPF - Part 3: Random Module

Academic Experience
Student Life and Development
Items of Special Interest

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 0 3 31 75 42
0% 0% 2% 21% 50% 28%
Attending a university with world-class researchers is important to me 0 1 5 28 64 53
0% 1% 3% 19% 42% 35%
The emphasis on research at UC Berkeley detracts from the quality of teaching on this campus 8 35 34 18 33 23
5% 23% 23% 12% 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 7 21 42 50 30
1% 5% 14% 28% 33% 20%
The prestige of this campus when you apply for a job 0 2 18 41 57 33
0% 1% 12% 27% 38% 21%
Having access to a world-class library collection 0 7 22 50 48 24
0% 5% 15% 33% 32% 16%
Being able to attend plays, concerts, lectures, and other cultural events 3 15 24 41 47 21
2% 10% 16% 27% 31% 14%

How important are the following features offered by a library?

Not that importantSomewhat importantImportantVery importantNot applicable
Online research collections 5 7 50 81 8
4% 5% 35% 57% -
Print research collections 9 16 48 71 7
6% 11% 33% 49% -
Remote instruction/research support 4 14 36 89 6
3% 10% 25% 62% -
In-person instruction/research support 3 16 36 86 10
2% 11% 26% 61% -
Group/collaborative space 1 9 35 99 7
1% 6% 24% 69% -
Individual space 1 8 32 106 4
1% 5% 22% 72% -
Public computers 16 20 42 63 8
11% 14% 30% 45% -
Computer lending services 18 24 40 60 9
13% 17% 28% 42% -
Production space (media, maker space) 15 16 43 67 9
11% 11% 31% 48% -
In-person technology support 11 23 46 63 8
8% 16% 32% 44% -
Quiet 1 4 31 112 3
1% 3% 21% 76% -
Food/drink friendly 9 22 38 79 3
6% 15% 26% 53% -
24/7 access to library buildings 3 6 34 104 4
2% 4% 23% 71% -

When you think about Library e-books how important are the following?

Not that importantSomewhat importantImportantVery importantNot applicable
Having a robust collection of e-books 6 13 44 87 1
4% 9% 29% 58% -
Downloading an entire book 5 9 40 95 1
3% 6% 27% 64% -
Downloading selected chapters 7 10 41 92 1
5% 7% 27% 61% -
Reading on my phone or tablet 7 14 39 89 1
5% 9% 26% 60% -
Highlighting and/or annotating text 7 12 38 91 2
5% 8% 26% 62% -
Printing 6 12 33 98 1
4% 8% 22% 66% -

Which resource do you expect to use most frequently when you start your research for a class assignment?

ResponseNumberPercent
Web search engine (Google) 100 66%
Google Scholar 16 11%
Library website 5 3%
Article database (e.g., JSTOR) 23 15%
Ask a peer 3 2%
Ask a librarian 1 1%
Ask a Graduate Student Instructor/professor 2 1%
Other resources/websites (please specify) 1 1%

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

ResponseNumberPercent
Not important 0 0%
Not very important 1 1%
Somewhat important 11 7%
Important 33 22%
Very important 50 34%
Essential 53 36%
Not applicable 4 -

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

ResponseNumberPercent
Decide on a major as soon as possible 24 16%
Take your time; explore options 111 73%
No advice given 17 11%

What do you plan to do about a major?

ResponseNumberPercent
I have declared a major 5 3%
I will declare a major as soon as possible 101 66%
I plan to take my time and explore options 46 30%

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 39 99
2% 28% 70%
Acquire a well-rounded general education 4 18 119
3% 13% 84%
Explore and discover my personal identity 2 26 113
1% 18% 80%
Achieve a high GPA 5 33 102
4% 24% 73%
Form (a) romantic relationship(s) 40 65 36
28% 46% 26%
Establish meaningful friendships 3 19 118
2% 14% 84%
Be in a position to make a lot of money after finishing my education 4 52 86
3% 37% 61%
Explore new ideas 1 32 107
1% 23% 76%
Enjoy my college years before assuming adult responsibilities 8 41 92
6% 29% 65%
Develop an in-depth understanding of a specific field of study 0 25 116
0% 18% 82%
Integrate spirituality into my life 54 42 45
38% 30% 32%
Establish social networks that will help further my career 2 28 111
1% 20% 79%

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 26 23 13 30 22 27
18% 16% 9% 21% 16% 19%
Finding affordable housing while I'm a student at UC Berkeley 18 18 15 29 27 34
13% 13% 11% 21% 19% 24%
Getting into my first choice of major 9 12 17 21 35 46
6% 9% 12% 15% 25% 33%
Being able to maintain a high GPA 5 3 14 27 39 52
4% 2% 10% 19% 28% 37%
Getting the academic advising I need 7 21 26 31 30 26
5% 15% 18% 22% 21% 18%
Getting the career and professional advising I need 10 8 30 25 38 29
7% 6% 21% 18% 27% 21%
Getting the psychological counseling I might need 37 30 27 24 10 13
26% 21% 19% 17% 7% 9%
Getting along with my roommate(s) 26 27 26 33 15 14
18% 19% 18% 23% 11% 10%
Being able to balance academic and social activities 7 7 25 34 40 28
5% 5% 18% 24% 28% 20%
Being able to make the kind of friends I want 6 11 25 24 44 31
4% 8% 18% 17% 31% 22%
Being away from family and friends; being 'homesick' 28 28 31 23 18 13
20% 20% 22% 16% 13% 9%
Feeling disconnected from the Berkeley community 15 20 30 31 25 20
11% 14% 21% 22% 18% 14%
Being able to maintain good health 14 13 39 26 26 23
10% 9% 28% 18% 18% 16%
Being able to cope with expectations of parents and family 22 24 28 24 20 23
16% 17% 20% 17% 14% 16%
Being overwhelmed with all the things I'm expected to do my first semester 8 18 20 33 27 35
6% 13% 14% 23% 19% 25%
Regretting my decision to attend UC Berkeley 58 28 18 18 8 11
41% 20% 13% 13% 6% 8%

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 41 29%
(5) 58 40%
(4) 37 26%
(3) 8 6%
(2) 0 0%
(1) Hostile 0 0%
ResponseNumberPercent
(6) Caring 32 22%
(5) 47 33%
(4) 49 34%
(3) 13 9%
(2) 3 2%
(1) Impersonal 0 0%
ResponseNumberPercent
(6) Intellectual 90 63%
(5) 38 26%
(4) 11 8%
(3) 4 3%
(2) 0 0%
(1) Not intellectual 1 1%
ResponseNumberPercent
(6) Appreciative of diversity 70 49%
(5) 46 32%
(4) 20 14%
(3) 6 4%
(2) 0 0%
(1) Unappreciative of diversity 0 0%
ResponseNumberPercent
(6) Safe 41 29%
(5) 38 27%
(4) 36 25%
(3) 21 15%
(2) 4 3%
(1) Dangerous 2 1%
ResponseNumberPercent
(6) Too hard academically 20 14%
(5) 59 41%
(4) 53 37%
(3) 11 8%
(2) 0 0%
(1) Too easy academically 0 0%
ResponseNumberPercent
(6) Competitive 44 31%
(5) 56 39%
(4) 25 18%
(3) 12 9%
(2) 4 3%
(1) Not Competitive 1 1%
ResponseNumberPercent
(6) Affordable 12 8%
(5) 16 11%
(4) 47 33%
(3) 37 26%
(2) 21 15%
(1) Not affordable 10 7%

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

Very poorPoorFairGoodVery goodExcellent
Understanding of the complexities of global issues 0 6 28 49 37 21
0% 4% 20% 35% 26% 15%
Ability to apply disciplinary knowledge in a global context 0 7 30 54 28 22
0% 5% 21% 38% 20% 16%
Comfort working with people from other cultures 0 0 10 35 48 48
0% 0% 7% 25% 34% 34%

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 3 2%
Disagree 1 1%
Disagree somewhat 1 1%
Agree somewhat 30 21%
Agree 52 37%
Strongly agree 53 38%

Items of Special Interest

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 24 16%
2 23 16%
3 22 15%
4 26 18%
5 21 14%
6 14 10%
7 18 12%

- Choosing classes

ResponseNumberPercent
1 34 23%
2 30 20%
3 21 14%
4 14 9%
5 21 14%
6 17 11%
7 12 8%

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

ResponseNumberPercent
1 14 9%
2 25 17%
3 26 17%
4 26 17%
5 22 15%
6 21 14%
7 15 10%

- Financial aid and scholarships

ResponseNumberPercent
1 26 18%
2 6 4%
3 14 10%
4 16 11%
5 21 14%
6 19 13%
7 45 31%

- Understanding Campus Resources

ResponseNumberPercent
1 11 7%
2 16 11%
3 15 10%
4 18 12%
5 31 21%
6 33 22%
7 25 17%

- Selecting a major

ResponseNumberPercent
1 16 11%
2 23 16%
3 25 17%
4 17 12%
5 14 10%
6 28 19%
7 25 17%

- Academic Support

ResponseNumberPercent
1 24 16%
2 26 18%
3 26 18%
4 32 22%
5 18 12%
6 15 10%
7 7 5%

Did you use any of the following resources/people when selecting courses for your first semester? (Choose all that apply)

Selected
Golden Bear Advising online content 42
29%
Golden Bear Advising interactive activities (e.g. completing assignments/quizzes, uploading class schedule, direct messaging with advisors, chatroom conversations) 36
25%
Other online resources (e.g., department website, Facebook, online Berkeley Academic Guide) 73
51%
College advisor in your home College (e.g., Letters & Science, College of Engineering) 61
43%
Major advisor 30
21%
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) 15
11%
Faculty member 11
8%
Another student 55
39%
Parent, Guardian, or family member 56
39%
Friend(s) 65
46%
Other (please specify)
[Contact OPA for more information]
4
3%
No resource/person 8
6%

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

ResponseNumberPercent
Golden Bear Advising online content 9 6%
Golden Bear Advising interactive activities 2 1%
Other online resources 24 16%
College advisor in your home College 22 15%
Major advisor 11 8%
Co-curricular Advisors/Student Services Support Staff 3 2%
Faculty member 5 3%
Another student 17 12%
Parent, Guardian, or family member 18 12%
Friend(s) 12 8%
No resource/person 17 12%
Other
[Contact OPA for more information]
7 5%

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 1%
Dissatisfied 8 5%
Somewhat dissatisfied 14 9%
Somewhat satisfied 45 30%
Satisfied 66 44%
Very satisfied 14 9%

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 12 8%
No 137 92%

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 42 29%
Parental desires 2 1%
Recommendation of continuing UC Berkeley student 3 2%
Recommendation of another new UC Berkeley student 0 0%
Academic Advisor 7 5%
Co-curricular Advisor/Student Services Support Staff 0 0%
I thought/had heard a course was not as rigorous or demanding 2 1%
Reputation of professor 0 0%
Course(s) fulfilled a general or breadth requirement 43 30%
Course(s) fulfilled a major requirement (e.g., Reading and Composition, American Cultures, Foreign Languages, etc.) 33 23%
The course fit my schedule 2 1%
Prepares me for my major 8 6%
Course(s) offered sections at a convenient time for my time zone 1 1%
I'm required to take one or more of my courses this first semester 2 1%


Second:

ResponseNumberPercent
I found the subject generally interesting 16 11%
Parental desires 1 1%
Recommendation of continuing UC Berkeley student 8 6%
Recommendation of another new UC Berkeley student 2 1%
Academic Advisor 9 6%
Co-curricular Advisor/Student Services Support Staff 0 0%
I thought/had heard a course was not as rigorous or demanding 3 2%
Reputation of professor 13 9%
Course(s) fulfilled a general or breadth requirement 29 20%
Course(s) fulfilled a major requirement (e.g., Reading and Composition, American Cultures, Foreign Languages, etc.) 29 20%
The course fit my schedule 22 15%
Prepares me for my major 10 7%
Course(s) offered sections at a convenient time for my time zone 2 1%
I'm required to take one or more of my courses this first semester 1 1%


Third:

ResponseNumberPercent
I found the subject generally interesting 19 13%
Parental desires 1 1%
Recommendation of continuing UC Berkeley student 6 4%
Recommendation of another new UC Berkeley student 2 1%
Academic Advisor 13 9%
Co-curricular Advisor/Student Services Support Staff 2 1%
I thought/had heard a course was not as rigorous or demanding 4 3%
Reputation of professor 8 6%
Course(s) fulfilled a general or breadth requirement 16 11%
Course(s) fulfilled a major requirement (e.g., Reading and Composition, American Cultures, Foreign Languages, etc.) 8 6%
The course fit my schedule 40 28%
Prepares me for my major 16 11%
Course(s) offered sections at a convenient time for my time zone 7 %
I'm required to take one or more of my courses this first semester 2 1%

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 2 4 12 53 62 12
1% 3% 8% 37% 43% 8%
Availability of courses to fulfill prerequisite requirements 7 10 22 52 42 11
5% 7% 15% 36% 29% 8%
Ability to get into the lectures or seminars (i.e., primary courses) you wanted 7 7 23 53 42 13
5% 5% 16% 37% 29% 9%
Ability to get into the discussion sections or labs (i.e., secondary courses) you wanted 4 11 19 52 51 9
3% 8% 13% 36% 35% 6%
Variety of courses available 8 13 17 45 44 18
6% 9% 12% 31% 30% 12%
Access to small classes 4 1 10 41 61 29
3% 1% 7% 28% 42% 20%

UC Berkeley has recently introduced courses in Data Science, which combines tools from statistics and computer science with domain knowledge to develop new insights from data. The questions below seek to understand your interest in data science at UC Berkeley.

Data Science is a new field, so many people don't know about it. Before enrolling at UC Berkeley, how much did you know about data science?

ResponseNumberPercent
I had never heard of data science 17 12%
I had heard the term data science but didn't know what it meant 52 36%
I had some familiarity with data science, but had not used it 60 42%
I had used data science in my school work, employment, internships, or extra-curricular activities 96 10%

Which of the following do you associate with data science? (Choose all that apply)

Selected
Artificial intelligence 94
66%
Programming or Coding 125
88%
Statistics 127
89%
Social Impact 42
30%
Healthcare 41
29%
Ethics 24
17%
Social Media 55
39%
Linguistics 28
20%
Criminal justice 32
23%
Biology 43
30%
Physics 37
26%
Climate change 33
23%
Neuroscience 49
35%

We are interested in your opinions about data science courses at UC Berkeley. Please indicate the degree to which you personally agree or disagree with each of the following statements.

Strongly disagreeDisagreeSomewhat disagreeSomewhat agreeAgreeStrongly agree
Data science meets a requirement for my major (or intended major) 13 21 28 32 27 15
10% 15% 21% 24% 20% 11%
Data science skills are important to my major (or intended major) 7 9 17 48 34 21
5% 7% 13% 35% 25% 15%
Data science skills will improve my chances of getting a good job after graduation 2 4 10 37 54 30
% 3% 7% 27% 39% 22%
Data science skills are important to my extra-curricular activities 15 17 25 42 32 6
11% 12% 18% 31% 23% 4%
Data science skills will help me make an impact and solve problems in society 2 2 6 54 48 23
1% 1% 4% 40% 35% 17%
Data science is intellectually interesting to me 6 15 18 38 39 20
4% 11% 13% 28% 29% 15%
Data literacy is important for everyone these days no matter what their career or major 2 1 15 45 50 23
2% 1% 11% 33% 37% 17%
I don't feel prepared to take a data science course 9 19 32 32 30 14
7% 14% 24% 24% 22% 10%
Data science isn't for students like me 20 39 31 26 16 4
15% 29% 23% 19% 12% 3%
Data science courses are too competitive 6 14 24 46 37 8
4% 10% 18% 34% 27% 6%
I don't have time in my schedule for data science 9 19 31 46 25 6
7% 14% 23% 34% 18% 4%
I worry that I won't have anyone to study with in a data science course 17 29 34 33 18 6
12% 21% 25% 24% 13% 4%

If you had the opportunity, would you enroll in a data science course at UC Berkeley?

ResponseNumberPercent
No 15 10%
Yes 70 48%
Maybe 62 42%

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 78 53%
No 61 42%
Don't know 8 5%

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 23 16%
No 115 79%
Don't know 8 6%

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

ResponseNumberPercent
Yes 72 92%
No 6 8%

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

ResponseNumberPercent
Yes 20 87%
No 3 13%

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

ResponseNumberPercent
Yes 63 43%
No 85 57%

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

ResponseNumberPercent
Yes 50 34%
No 97 66%

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 3 20%
I could not gain access into ANY of the R&C 1a courses offered across the various departments on campus 1 7%
I did not like the times of the remaining courses that had available seats 1 7%
I decided to wait until another semester for reasons not listed above 2 13%
I will be using exam credit (e.g., AP, A-level English, International Baccalaureate Higher Level English Language A1 or A2) instead 1 7%
I did not know my AP score 1 7%
I have not yet passed the Analytical Writing Paper Exam (AWPE) 1 7%
I don't know 3 20%
Other, please specify:
[Contact OPA for more information]
2 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) 51 68%
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 2 3%
I did not like the times of the remaining courses that had available seats 1 1%
I decided to wait until another semester for reasons not listed above 11 15%
I will be using exam credit (e.g., AP, A-level English, International Baccalaureate Higher Level English Language A1 or A2) instead 0 0%
I did not know my AP score 2 3%
I don't know 4 5%
Other, please specify:
[Contact OPA for more information]
4 5%

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

ResponseNumberPercent
Yes 79 54%
No 68 46%

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 16 48 75
12% 35% 54%
From UC Berkeley advisors 21 20 97
15% 15% 70%
From friends 12 55 71
9% 40% 51%
From fellow UC Berkeley students 18 42 79
13% 30% 57%
From former teachers, instructors, or counselors 11 47 81
8% 34% 58%

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

ResponseNumberPercent
I am taking all the credit that I can and enrolling in advanced courses 64 58%
I am taking some credit but not all that I could 40 36%
I am taking the entry courses at UC Berkeley instead of the credit 7 6%
Other, please specify:
[Contact OPA for more information]
0 0%
Not applicable 30 -

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