Part 3: RRR Week and Final Exams

This section is designed to help the campus administration better understand your sense of connection with Cal and particular aspects about your experience with your courses. It includes questions about Reading/Review/Recitation (RRR) week and final exams, as well as some questions about course availability. 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 with Cal? (Please write the name of this or describe briefly.) (Enter answer in paragraph form)

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

Primarily ACADEMIC (related to your major, etc.) 790 41%
Primarily CO-CURRICULAR (student group or other organized activity) 685 35%
Primarily INTERPERSONAL (friends, informal activities) 359 19%
Other 100 5%

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

It is my core identity – I am a Cal student! 263 13%
It is a very important part of who I am 844 42%
It is a somewhat important part of who I am 598 30%
It is a part of who I am but not that important 242 12%
I do NOT identify with Cal at all 49 2%

3. How many academic courses did you complete at UC Berkeley in the fall 2010 semester?

0 51 3%
1 13 1%
2 34 2%
3 407 20%
4 or more 1516 75%

4. During the fall 2010 semester, did you attempt to enroll in a UC Berkeley course, but was unable to gain access?

Yes 667 33%
No 1342 67%

4a. What was the subject area(s) of the course(s) for which you were unable to enroll in? (Please select all that apply.)

Art & Design 26 4%
Biological & Environmental Sciences 112 17%
Business 49 7%
Computer Science 15 2%
Education 7 1%
Engineering 26 4%
Foreign Languages 35 5%
Humanities (non-Language courses) 119 18%
Mathematics 18 3%
Physical Sciences 53 8%
Social Sciences 142 21%
Other 61 9%

4b. What type of language course(s) did you attempt to enroll in but was unable to?

First-year language course 20 57%
Second-year language course 5 14%
Third-year language course 6 17%
Fourth-year language course 4 11%
Other 0 0%

4c. What academic unit(s) was the language course(s) in? (Please select all that apply.)

African American Studies 0 0%
Celtic Studies 0 0%
Classics 0 0%
East Asian Languages & Cultures 8 24%
French 6 18%
German 0 0%
Italian Studies 0 0%
Near Eastern Studies 1 3%
Scandinavian 0 0%
Slavic Languages & Literatures 0 0%
South & South East Asian Studies 7 21%
Spanish & Portuguese 17 50%

4d. What was your purpose for attempting to take the language course(s)?  (Please select all that apply.)

To fulfill a breadth requirement 8 23%
To fulfill a major requirement 10 29%
To fulfill a requirement for a minor 6 17%
For personal enrichment only 23 66%
Other, please specify: 1 3%

5. Please tell us about fall 2010 RRR week (the period after the end of in-class instruction and before final exams begin) and your final assessment for your four main courses. Exclude Independent Study, DeCal, One-Unit Seminars, PE. If you took fewer than four main courses, please report on the ones you took.

 1st Course2nd Course3rd Course4th Course
Lower Division (1-99) 999 859 841 630
53% 46% 46% 46%
Upper Division (100-199) 874 997 964 708
46% 53% 53% 52%
Graduate/Prof (200-399) 16 15 15 21
1% 1% 1% 2%

5a) TYPE OF COURSE: (Check one per course in each section)

 1st Course2nd Course3rd Course4th Course
Seminar 86 63 77 145
5% 3% 4% 11%
Lecture 1674 1667 1590 1009
92% 93% 91% 77%
Other 64 71 78 161
4% 4% 4% 12%
 1st Course2nd Course3rd Course4th Course
Yes, in major/intended major 1423 1347 1042 598
77% 75% 60% 46%
No, not in major/intended major 416 456 659 704
23% 25% 40% 54%
 1st Course2nd Course3rd Course4th Course
2-3 units 455 490 541 581
25% 27% 31% 44%
4 units 1256 1259 1149 684
69% 69% 65% 52%
5 or more units 117 66 77 44
6% 4% 4% 3%

5b) How was the final assessment (exam or alternative form of final exam such as paper or project) administered in this course?

 1st Course2nd Course3rd Course4th Course
Regularly scheduled final exam during exam week 1458 1420 1287 800
78% 77% 71% 59%
Take-home final due during exam week 48 79 72 41
3% 4% 4% 3%
Final paper or project in lieu of final due during exam week 144 153 178 146
8% 8% 10% 11%
Final exam held before exam week 78 71 70 88
4% 4% 4% 7%
Take-home final due before exam week 12 13 17 14
1% 1% 1% 1%
Final paper or project in lieu of final due before exam week 65 69 120 115
3% 4% 7% 9%
My course did not have a final assessment 36 27 49 120
2% 1% 3% 9%
Other 24 21 20 22
1% 1% 1% 2%

Type of Instructor Contact you had during RRR Week:

 1st Course2nd Course3rd Course4th Course
In person Office Hours with primary instructor 529 475 430 304
32% 29% 28% 28%
In person Office Hours with GSI/secondary instructor 578 522 445 283
35% 32% 29% 27%
Email/Web contact with primary instructor 409 394 371 275
25% 24% 24% 26%
Email/Web contact with GSI/secondary instructor 442 386 340 201
27% 24% 22% 19%
Phone contact with primary instructor 11 12 6 9
1% 1% 0% 1%
Phone contact with GSI/secondary instructor 10 9 7 7
1% 1% 0% 1%
Attended review sessions held by the primary instructor 466 441 376 231
28% 27% 25% 22%
Attended review sessions held by the GSI/secondary instructor 610 565 500 301
37% 35% 33% 28%
Research Presentation or Poster/Project Session 74 73 66 63
4% 5% 4% 6%
Speech or Debate 8 3 6 8
0% 0% 0% 1%
Studio/Performance Activities 18 13 20 26
1% 1% 1% 2%
The class was held as regularly scheduled with new course material presented 111 99 96 73
7% 6% 6% 7%
Other 40 49 44 54
2% 3% 3% 5%

How satisfied are/were you with your instructor contact during fall 2010 RRR week?

 1st Course2nd Course3rd Course4th Course
Very dissatisfied 79 75 59 51
4% 4% 3% 4%
Dissatisfied 81 65 70 57
4% 4% 4% 4%
Somewhat dissatisfied 147 138 137 83
8% 8% 8% 6%
Somewhat satisfied 453 495 445 303
25% 27% 25% 23%
Satisfied 762 757 758 588
41% 41% 43% 45%
Very satisfied 323 302 313 232
18% 16% 18% 18%

6. Please describe any other effective ways your instructors supported your learning during RRR week? (Enter answer in paragraph form)

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7) Please share with us some of the other independent activities you took part in during RRR week in the fall 2010 semester. (Select all that apply.)

Studying alone 1830 95%
Studying with a group 1379 71%
Completing projects and papers 1121 58%
Completing other assignments (e.g., problem sets, homework) 781 40%
Reviewing course study guides or lecture notes 1538 80%
Viewing or listening to Web/Pod Castings of course sessions 459 24%
Catching up on reading assigned earlier in the semester 1129 59%
Catching up on sleep 1070 55%
Working more hours, for pay, than typical 175 9%
Other 57 3%

7a. How satisfied are you with how you personally used the fall 2010 RRR week?

Very dissatisfied 59 3%
Dissatisfied 92 5%
Somewhat dissatisfied 195 10%
Somewhat satisfied 546 28%
Satisfied 715 37%
Very satisfied 309 16%

8. What could instructors do to make the RRR week more productive for you? (Enter answer in paragraph form)

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9. Which of the following best describes your experience with 3 or more final exams on the same day in fall 2010?

I did not have 3 or more finals originally scheduled for the same day and I did not take 3 or more finals on the same day. 1767 92%
I did not have 3 or more finals originally scheduled for the same day, but I had to take 3 or more finals on the same day. 32 2%
I had 3 or more finals originally scheduled for the same day and I took 3 or more finals on that day. 90 5%
I had 3 or more finals originally scheduled for the same day, but I did not take them all on the same day. 31 2%

9a. What reason(s) best describe why you had 3 or more final exams on a given exam date? (Please select all that apply.)

I intentionally selected courses that had the same exam dates 7 6%
I intentionally selected courses that had different exam dates, but on the first day of the course an exam date change was announced 9 7%
At least one of my final exam dates was changed after the first day of the course, and the instructor did not allow me to take the exam at the originally scheduled time 12 10%
I based my schedule on the courses I wanted to take and not the exam schedules of those courses 65 53%
I did not have much choice because the courses I needed to take resulted in my having 3 or more final exams on a given date 52 43%
When I signed up for courses I did not realize that I could end up with 3 or more final exams on a given date 16 13%
Other 5 4%

9a. What reason(s) best describe why you did not end up having 3 or more final exams on a given exam date? (Please select all that apply.)

At least one of my final exam dates was changed and announced on the first day of the course 8 28%
At least one of my final exam dates was changed after the first day of the course and the instructor did not offer the exam at the originally scheduled time 1 3%
The instructor provided me with an alternative exam date 14 48%
The instructor provided me with an alternative form of final assessment 0 0%
The instructor provided an alternative form of final assessment for the entire     class 5 17%
I was able to opt out of the final exam because of my previous work 1 3%
Other 2 7%

10. Sometimes students must take courses that have exams scheduled on the same day. Suppose the campus had a policy of providing a common exam make-up day for students who had three exams scheduled for the same day. This exam make-up day would probably be on the Monday after the regularly scheduled exams. Which do you think you would do?

Take two exams on the regularly scheduled day, and one exam on the make-up day, even if that day was the Monday after the exams 1489 77%
Take the three exams on the same day, as scheduled 450 23%

11. Other things being equal, would you choose a course that has:

A final exam on the last day of finals, as long as it was not in the evening 726 37%
A final exam that starts at 7pm, as long as it was not on the last day of finals 988 51%
A final exam on a day when you already have one or more other exams 223 12%

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)

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