Part 3: Your Connection to Cal

This section is designed to help the campus administration understand better how undergraduates such as yourself develop and experience (or not) a sense of connection to Cal. It concludes with questions about how the California Alumni Association might better serve current students and alumni and strengthen student connections to the campus.

1. What do you like most about being a Cal student?

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2. 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.)

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2a. Briefly, why is this connection important to you?

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2b. Which of these best describes the nature of this connection to Cal?

509  (34.9%)   Primarily ACADEMIC (related to your major, etc.)
458  (31.4%)   Primarily CO-CURRICULAR (student group or other organized activity)
363  (24.9%)   Primarily INTERPERSONAL (friends, informal activities)
128  (8.8%)   OTHER (please describe) [Open-ended text field]

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

180  (11.5%)   It is my core identity – I am a Cal student!
636  (40.8%)   It is a very important part of who I am
453  (29.0%)   It is a somewhat important part of who I am
242  (15.5%)   It is a part of who I am but not that important
49  (3.1%)   I do NOT identify with Cal at all

4. Not including family members who may be Cal alumni, as a Cal student, how much interaction have you had with Cal alumni?

71  (4.5%)   A great deal
301  (19.2%)   Some
479  (30.6%)   A little
714  (45.6%)   None at all

What has been the most significant interaction?

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5. Are you aware that there is an Alumni Association for UC Berkeley?

1256  (80.9%)   Yes
146  (9.4%)   No
151  (9.7%)   Not Sure

What is your impression of the Alumni Association?

155  (12.4%)   Very positive
290  (23.3%)   Somewhat positive
743  (59.7%)   Neither positive or negative
47  (3.8%)   Somewhat negative
10  (0.8%)   Very negative

6. For yourself as a senior or when you become a senior, can you name any programs or services that you would like the alumni association to offer you?

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7. After you graduate from Cal, which of the following programs and services do you think the alumni association should provide you? PLEASE SELECT UP TO FOUR.

778  (8.6%)   Ability to locate fellow alumni
657  (7.3%)   Alumni Association membership with special benefits
452  (5.0%)   Alumni chapter/group based on my geographical location
152  (1.7%)   Alumni chapter/group or program based on my ethnicity
517  (5.7%)   Alumni social events (Homecoming, Charter Gala, tailgates)
533  (5.9%)   Cal faculty and alumni lectures and presentations
1157  (12.8%)   Career services
643  (7.1%)   Face-to-face networking with other alumni
619  (6.9%)   Online networking with other alumni
467  (5.2%)   News, stories and information about Cal
579  (6.4%)   Travel and recreational programs for alumni
545  (6.0%)   Volunteer opportunities

The final questions concern how UC Berkeley is funded and alumni giving.

8. How important do you think financial contributions from alumni (private support) are to keeping Berkeley the best university in all aspects of research and education?

553  (35.8%)   Essential
552  (35.7%)   Very important
383  (24.8%)   Somewhat important
57  (3.7%)   Not that important

9. As you know, UC Berkeley is a public university, supported by the state of California. What proportion of Berkeley's annual budget would you guess is funded by the state of California?

15%30%45%60%75%90%
165  (10.6%) 418  (26.9%) 433  (27.8%) 383  (24.6%) 134  (8.6%) 22  (1.4%)

10. What proportion of UC Berkeley's annual budget would you guess is funded by each of these three sources?

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State and Federal Government 280  (18.1%) 455  (29.4%) 409  (26.5%) 325  (21.0%) 68  (4.4%) 9  (0.6%)
Private Donations 622  (40.3%) 499  (32.3%) 243  (15.7%) 137  (8.9%) 38  (2.5%) 6  (0.4%)
Student Tuition and Fees 399  (25.8%) 570  (36.8%) 297  (19.2%) 166  (10.7%) 88  (5.7%) 28  (1.8%)

11. Have your parents ever made a financial donation to UC Berkeley?

290  (18.6%)   Yes
910  (58.3%)   No
362  (23.2%)   Not sure

12. After graduation, do you think you would consider UC Berkeley as one of your choices for your charitable contributions?

830  (53.1%)   Yes
155  (9.9%)   No
579  (37.0%)   Not sure

12a. If so, why? If not, why not?

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13. What other kind if institution, program or cause do you think will be a priority for you to support with your charitable contributions after graduation?

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14. Have you heard about the Senior Gift campaign?

618  (39.6%)   Yes
849  (54.5%)   No
92  (5.9%)   Not sure

15. About how much do you think the Senior Gift raises in a typical year?

129  (8.2%)   $5,000
414  (26.4%)   $50,000
105  (6.7%)   $500,0000
18  (1.1%)   $5,000,000
903  (57.6%)   I have no idea