2014 SONS Transfer: Results and Summary: Part 1

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Berkeley Experience
Transition to UC Berkeley
Academic and Personal Development
Campus Climate for Diversity
Your Berkeley Plans
Future Plans and Aspirations
Prior College Experiences

Early Berkeley Experiences

1. Please rate the start of your Berkeley experience by completing the following statement. Overall, I am off to ...

a great start 203 22%
a very good start 252 27%
a good start 309 33%
just an OK start 146 15%
not a good start 36 4%

2. What has gone surprisingly well, much better than expected?

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3. What has not gone well? What has caused you problems, anxiety or disappointment?

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4. As you begin your academic career at Cal, what is your level of agreement or disagreement with the statements below. Click here if you would like to review definitions of diversity and academic dishonesty.

 Strongly disagreeDisagreeSomewhat disagreeSomewhat agreeAgreeStrongly agree
I feel valued as an individual on this campus 15 37 75 281 366 152
2% 4% 8% 30% 40% 16%
There is a clear sense of appropriate and inappropriate behavior on this campus 13 27 59 195 436 198
1% 3% 6% 21% 47% 21%
I am proud to be a student at this campus 7 2 8 73 235 604
1% 0% 1% 8% 25% 65%
Most students are proud to attend this school 5 1 6 53 288 574
1% 0% 1% 6% 31% 62%
This institution values students' opinions 14 14 37 203 357 302
2% 2% 4% 22% 39% 33%
Academic dishonesty is a problem on this campus 127 336 233 95 69 62
14% 36% 25% 10% 8% 7%
I feel that I belong at this campus 17 30 91 244 299 244
2% 3% 10% 26% 32% 26%
Diversity is important on this campus 15 15 40 151 347 358
2% 2% 4% 16% 38% 39%
Diversity is important to me 6 9 27 99 281 506
1% 1% 3% 11% 30% 55%

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Your Transition into UC Berkeley

5. To what extent do you agree that each of the following resources has helped with your transition into UC Berkeley? If you did not participate in the service listed, please select "N/A" in the left column.

 N/A; DID NOT USE THIS SERVICEStrongly disagreeDisagreeSomewhat disagreeSomewhat agreeAgreeStrongly agree
CalSO 112 45 41 56 173 253 224
22% 4% 2% 2% 16% 29% 25%
Cal Student Central 235 23 36 40 166 248 133
27% 3% 4% 5% 19% 28% 15%
Summer workshops or webinars hosted by a UCB office 692 6 27 21 60 69 26
77% 1% 3% 2% 7% 8% 3%
Convocation for new students 536 23 30 44 129 94 43
60% 3% 3% 5% 14% 11% 5%
Getting Your Bearings activities 373 16 29 46 181 173 72
42% 2% 3% 5% 20% 19% 8%
Transfer Edge (Summer Sessions) 717 8 8 10 33 49 74
80% 1% 1% 1% 4% 6% 8%
Summer Bridge 819 3 6 9 21 22 20
91% 0% 1% 1% 2% 2% 2%
Fall Program for Freshmen (UC Extension) 834 4 6 10 18 18 5
93% 0% 1% 1% 2% 2% 1%
TRSP: Transfer, Reentry, & Student Parent Centers (including Cal Veteran Service Center and Cal Independent Scholars Network) 459 9 10 18 116 156 131
51% 1% 1% 2% 13% 17% 15%
Berkeley International Office 751 4 6 12 45 55 27
83% 0% 1% 1% 5% 6% 3%
Academic Achievement Program and Center (Includes SSS Scholars Acadamy, McNair Scholars Program, & Miller Scholars Program) 751 4 6 12 45 55 27
83% 0% 1% 1% 5% 6% 3%
Athletic Study Center 831 5 5 12 22 19 8
92% 1% 1% 1% 2% 2% 1%
Disabled Students' Program 792 4 8 14 30 25 28
88% 0% 1% 2% 3% 3% 3%
Undocumented Students Program (USP) - (Academic Counselors, Dreamers Resource Center, Legal Support, etc.) 811 4 4 9 23 28 23
90% 0% 0% 1% 3% 3% 3%

(...continued) To what extent do you agree that each of the following resources has helped with your transition into UC Berkeley? If you did not participate in the service listed, please select "N/A" in the left column.

 N/A; DID NOT USE THIS SERVICEStrongly disagreeDisagreeSomewhat disagreeSomewhat agreeAgreeStrongly agree
Gender Equity Resource Center (LGBTQ, Women, Sexual/Relationship Violence Advocacy & Education) 791 5 7 8 29 35 9
90% 1% 1% 1% 3% 4% 1%
Multicultural Student Development (Includes African American Student Development, Asian Pacific American Student Development, Chicago/Latino Student Development, Multicultural Community Center, Multicultural Immigrant Student Program, & Native American Student Development) 760 5 1 12 37 44 26
86% 1% 0% 1% 4% 5% 3%
A Multicultural Recruitment & Retention Center (e.g., Black Recruitment & Retention Center, Raza Recruitment & Retention Center) 763 5 4 9 37 35 28
87% 1% 1% 1% 4% 4% 3%
Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) Office ? (Academic Counselors, Peer Academic Counselors, Fee Waivers, etc. Serving first-generation, low-income, or historically underrepresented students) 590 6 8 18 73 99 85
67% 1% 1% 2% 8% 11% 10%
Student Learning Center 597 4 1 18 77 107 75
68% 1% 0% 2% 9% 12% 9%
Residence Hall Staff (Resident Directors, Program Assistants, Resident Assistants, Theme Program Advisors) 588 11 10 20 95 88 56
68% 1% 1% 2% 11% 10% 7%
Academic Services in the Residence Halls (Includes Tutoring, Peer Advising) 740 8 4 12 51 45 21
84% 1% 1% 1% 6% 5% 2%
New Student Services website 540 7 8 22 110 137 57
61% 1% 1% 3% 13% 16% 7%
My Years at Cal website 723 8 4 11 49 53 24
83% 1% 1% 1% 6% 6% 3%
My Berkeley Application website 86 11 18 34 159 273 297
10% 1% 2% 4% 18% 31% 34%
Resource (The UC Berkeley Student Handbook) 493 11 10 27 124 140 69
56% 1% 1% 3% 14% 16% 8%
Another Berkeley student 141 5 6 20 138 263 307
16% 1% 1% 2% 16% 30% 35%
A family member 434 14 21 28 120 128 134
49% 2% 2% 3% 14% 15% 15%
A UC Berkeley major/ departmental advisor 163 29 18 52 158 223 238
19% 3% 2% 6% 18% 25% 27%
A UC Berkeley College advisor (e.g., Letters & Science, Natural Resources) 336 23 10 36 135 183 159
38% 3% 1% 4% 15% 21% 18%
A 98 or 198 course for new students 515 10 10 18 87 112 132
58% 1% 1% 2% 10% 13% 15%

5a. Please list up to 3 additional resources, individuals, or programs that helped with your transition into Berkeley (Note, if you list individuals by name, please also indicate their office or departmental affiliation if they work on campus):

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5b. Please share with us any additional information regarding your transition into UC Berkeley, and the resources you found helpful, particularly those not asked about above:

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Academic and Personal Development

1. Please rate your current level of proficiency in the following areas.

 Very poorPoorFairGoodVery goodExcellent
Analytical and critical thinking skills 2 10 93 250 284 160
0% 1% 12% 31% 36% 20%
Ability to be clear and effective when writing 4 16 113 254 280 130
1% 2% 14% 32% 35% 16%
Ability to read and comprehend academic material 3 18 101 266 281 125
0% 2% 13% 34% 35% 16%
Foreign language skills 54 145 163 160 137 136
7% 18% 21% 20% 17% 17%
Understanding of a specific field of study 2 18 82 292 278 117
0% 2% 10% 37% 35% 15%
Quantitative (mathematical and statistical) skills 17 77 189 256 168 90
2% 10% 24% 32% 21% 11%
Ability to speak clearly and effectively in English 4 21 62 155 234 317
1% 3% 8% 20% 30% 40%
Ability to understand international perspectives (economic, political, social, cultural) 9 25 105 217 262 177
1% 3% 13% 27% 33% 22%
Leadership skills 10 42 136 248 217 143
1% 5% 17% 31% 27% 18%
Ability to collaborate (e.g., team participation, groupwork) well with others 7 11 74 215 273 215
1% 1% 9% 27% 34% 27%

(...continued) Please rate your current level of proficiency in the following areas.

 Very poorPoorFairGoodVery goodExcellent
Internet research skills 5 7 64 202 263 255
1% 1% 8% 25% 33% 32%
Library research skills 9 71 194 271 169 83
1% 9% 24% 34% 21% 10%
Other research skills 7 37 164 297 197 92
1% 5% 21% 37% 25% 12%
Ability to prepare and make a presentation 8 29 116 252 245 146
1% 4% 15% 32% 31% 18%
Interpersonal (social) skills 9 30 110 226 232 190
1% 4% 14% 28% 29% 24%

2. Please rank your top 3 areas of expected growth.

Rank 1:

Analytical and Critical thinking skills 210 27%
Ability to be clear and effective when writing 66 8%
Ability to read and comprehend academic material 65 8%
Foreign language skills 22 3%
Understanding of a specific field of study 127 16%
Quantitative (mathematical and statistical) skills 53 7%
Ability to speak clearly and effectively in English 33 4%
Understanding of international perspectives 13 2%
Leadership skills 47 6%
Collaboration skills (ability to work well with others) 17 2%
Research skills 80 10%
Ability to prepare and make a presentation 10 1%
Interpersonal (social) skills 46 6%

Rank 2:

Analytical and Critical thinking skills 111 14%
Ability to be clear and effective when writing 102 13%
Ability to read and comprehend academic material 92 12%
Foreign language skills 36 5%
Understanding of a specific field of study 84 11%
Quantitative (mathematical and statistical) skills 49 6%
Ability to speak clearly and effectively in English 38 5%
Understanding of international perspectives 30 4%
Leadership skills 58 7%
Collaboration skills (ability to work well with others) 41 5%
Research skills 82 10%
Ability to prepare and make a presentation 21 3%
Interpersonal (social) skills 44 6%

Rank 3:

Analytical and Critical thinking skills 64 8%
Ability to be clear and effective when writing 47 6%
Ability to read and comprehend academic material 90 11%
Foreign language skills 36 5%
Understanding of a specific field of study 94 12%
Quantitative (mathematical and statistical) skills 40 5%
Ability to speak clearly and effectively in English 30 4%
Understanding of international perspectives 39 5%
Leadership skills 63 8%
Collaboration skills (ability to work well with others) 53 7%
Research skills 113 14%
Ability to prepare and make a presentation 40 5%
Interpersonal (social) skills 78 10%

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Campus Climate for Diversity

3. Please indicate how strongly you agree or disagree with the following statements in terms of yourself. Answer only those items that apply to you.

 Strongly disagreeDisagreeSomewhat disagreeSomewhat agreeAgreeStrongly agree
I feel free to express my political beliefs on campus 8 24 22 167 311 226
1% 3% 3% 22% 41% 30%
I feel free to express my religious beliefs on campus 10 19 36 160 294 230
1% 3% 5% 21% 39% 31%
Students of my race/ethnicity are respected on this campus 10 8 26 133 339 250
1% 1% 3% 17% 44% 33%
Students of my socio-economic status are respected on this campus 9 8 37 151 338 220
1% 1% 5% 20% 44% 29%
Students of my gender are respected on this campus 2 6 16 95 346 303
0% 1% 2% 12% 45% 40%
Students of my religious beliefs are respected on this campus 7 11 27 122 332 237
1% 2% 4% 17% 45% 32%
Students of my political beliefs are respected on this campus 9 19 20 115 331 255
1% 3% 3% 15% 44% 34%
Students of my sexual orientation are respected on this campus 2 6 17 72 323 326
0% 1% 2% 10% 43% 44%
Students of my immigration background are respected on this campus 6 12 17 100 308 273
1% 2% 2% 14% 43% 38%
Students with a physical, psychological, or learning disability like mine are respected on this campus 11 10 16 113 281 231
2% 2% 2% 17% 42% 35%

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Your Berkeley Plans

1. If you were assured admittance to any major, what major would you choose?

African American Studies 1 0%
Anthropology 19 3%
Applied Mathematics 4 1%
Architecture 16 2%
Art Practice 14 2%
Astrophysics 4 1%
Bioengineering 3 0%
Bioengineering/Materials Science and Engineering Joint Major 2 0%
Business Administration 61 8%
Celtic Studies 1 0%
Chemical Biology 3 0%
Chemical Engineering 9 1%
Chemical Engineering/Nuclear Engineering Joint Major 3 0%
Chemistry (College of Chemistry) 3 0%
Chemistry (College of L & S) 2 0%
Chinese Studies 1 0%
Civil Engineering 8 1%
Cognitive Science 11 1%
Comparative Literature 1 0%
Computer Science 17 2%
Conservation and Resource Studies 8 1%
Development Studies 5 1%
EPS - Geology 1 0%
Economics 51 7%
Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences 28 4%
Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences/Materials Science and Engineering Joint Major 3 0%
Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences/Nuclear Engineering Joint Major 3 0%
Energy Engineering 2 0%
Engineering Physics 3 0%
English 37 5%
Environmental Earth Science 2 0%
Environmental Economics and Policy 7 1%
Environmental Engineering Science 1 0%
Environmental Sciences 4 1%
Film 7 1%
Forestry and Natural Resources 5 1%
Gender and Women's Studies 1 0%
Geography 3 0%
Geophysics 1 0%
History 15 2%
History of Art 5 1%
Individual Major 2 0%
Industrial Engineering and Operations Research 2 0%
Integrative Biology 3 0%
Interdisciplinary Studies 11 1%
Italian Studies 1 0%
Landscape Architecture 2 0%
Legal Studies 5 1%
Linguistics 9 1%
MCB, Plan 1, Emphasis 1: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 9 1%
MCB, Plan 1, Emphasis 3: Immunology 2 0%
MCB, Plan 2, Emphasis 2: Cell and Developmental Biology 5 1%
MCB, Plan 2, Emphasis 3: Neurobiology 11 1%
Materials Science and Engineering 2 0%
Materials Science and Engineering/Mechanical Engineering Joint Major 1 0%
Mathematics 22 3%
Mechanical Engineering 18 2%
Mechanical Engineering/Nuclear Engineering 1 0%
Media Studies 24 3%
Microbial Biology 4 1%
Molecular Environmental Biology 4 1%
Music 9 1%
Nuclear Engineering 2 0%
Nutritional Science 9 1%
Peace and Conflict Studies 7 1%
Philosophy 13 2%
Physical Sciences Field Major 1 0%
Physics 12 2%
Planetary Science 2 0%
Political Economy 19 3%
Political Science 42 5%
Psychology 58 8%
Public Health 11 1%
Religious Studies 1 0%
Rhetoric 5 1%
Scandinavian 1 0%
Social Welfare 9 1%
Society and Environment 4 1%
Sociology 24 3%
Spanish - Spanish Language and Literature 1 0%
Statistics 12 2%
Theater and Performance Studies 5 1%
Undeclared College of Letters and Science 3 0%
Urban Studies 4 1%
NOT CURRENTLY KNOWN 6 1%

2. Is that the major with which you expect to graduate?

Yes 625 81%
No 146 19%

IF NO: In which major do you expect to graduate?

American Studies 1 1%
Anthropology 4 3%
Applied Mathematics 3 2%
Architecture 1 1%
Art Practice 2 1%
Business Administration 5 3%
Chemistry (College of Chemistry) 3 2%
Chemistry (College of L & S) 1 1%
Civil Engineering 2 1%
Cognitive Science 1 1%
Computer Science 1 1%
Conservation and Resource Studies 2 1%
Economics 15 10%
Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences 3 2%
English 7 5%
Environmental Economics and Policy 4 3%
Film 2 1%
Forestry and Natural Resources 1 1%
Gender and Women's Studies 1 1%
Geography 1 1%
History 3 2%
History of Art 2 1%
Integrative Biology 2 1%
Interdisciplinary Studies 3 2%
Legal Studies 2 1%
MCB, Plan 1, Emphasis 1: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 2 1%
Materials Science and Engineering/Mechanical Engineering Joint Major 1 1%
Mathematics 2 1%
Mechanical Engineering 6 4%
Mechanical Engineering/Nuclear Engineering 1 1%
Media Studies 6 4%
Molecular Environmental Biology 4 3%
Peace and Conflict Studies 1 1%
Philosophy 2 1%
Physics 2 1%
Political Economy 2 1%
Political Science 11 8%
Psychology 8 5%
Rhetoric 2 1%
Social Welfare 2 1%
Society and Environment 2 1%
Sociology 11 8%
Spanish - Spanish Language and Literature 2 1%
Statistics 1 1%
Urban Studies 1 1%
NOT CURRENTLY KNOWN 6 4%

2b. UC Berkeley is planning a new interdisciplinary program related to early childhood development and family studies. If available, would you consider majoring in Early Childhood Development and Family Studies?

Yes 49 17%
No 237 83%

2c. If available, would you consider minoring in Early Childhood Development and Family Studies?

Yes 97 34%
No 188 66%

2d. If yes, may we contact you in the future to provide more detailed information about this major or minor program?

Yes 77 31%
No 175 69%

3. Please select the top 3 factors in in deciding on your major.

First:

Intellectual curiosity in the subject 489 64%
Leads to a high paying job 52 7%
Prepares me for a fulfilling career 116 15%
Parental desires 8 1%
Allows time for other activities 6 1%
Provides international opportunities 25 3%
Prestige 7 1%
Prepares me for graduate/professional school 33 4%
Other (please specify)
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32 4%

Second:

Intellectual curiosity in the subject 109 14%
Leads to a high paying job 79 10%
Prepares me for a fulfilling career 283 37%
Parental desires 10 1%
Allows time for other activities 21 3%
Provides international opportunities 90 12%
Prestige 25 3%
Prepares me for graduate/professional school 125 17%
Other (please specify)
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15 2%

Third:

Intellectual curiosity in the subject 56 8%
Leads to a high paying job 107 14%
Prepares me for a fulfilling career 132 18%
Parental desires 9 1%
Allows time for other activities 41 6%
Provides international opportunities 104 14%
Prestige 55 7%
Prepares me for graduate/professional school 182 24%
Other (please specify)
[Contact OPA for more information]
61 8%

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Future Plans & Aspirations

4. What do you anticipate you will be doing within a year after you graduate?

Be self-employed 16 2%
Do something else 8 1%
Enroll in graduate or professional school 324 42%
Join Peace Corps 8 1%
Join armed forces 3 0%
Paid internship 30 4%
Study or work abroad 51 7%
Take a year off 12 2%
Unpaid internship/volunteer 13 2%
Work full-time 222 29%
Work part-time 13 2%
I have no idea at this point 52 7%
Other 15 2%

5. In what career field do you hope to eventually work after you've completed your education?

Architecture 13 2%
Business 115 15%
Communications/Arts/Entertainment 64 8%
Education/Teaching 70 9%
Electrical Engineering/Computers 34 5%
Engineering 54 7%
Environmental/Natural Resources 33 4%
Government/Nonprofit/Social Services 75 10%
Law 70 9%
Medicine 53 7%
Other Health-Related Field 38 5%
Research 58 8%
I have no idea whatsoever 42 6%
Other 45 6%

6. What is the HIGHEST academic degree or credential that you plan to eventually earn?

Academic master's (MA, MS, etc.) 123 16%
Bachelor's degree (BA, BS, etc.) 65 9%
Business master's (MBA) 70 9%
Doctorate (PhD, EdD, etc.) 201 26%
Law degree (LLB or JD) 71 9%
Medical doctor (MD) 27 4%
Medical doctorate other than MD (DO, DDS, DVM, etc.) 8 1%
Multiple doctoral degrees (MD/PhD) 42 6%
Other professional master's (MEd, MPP, MPH, MFA, MLIS, MSN, MSW, M.ARCH, etc.) 63 8%
Teaching credential 10 1%
I don't know yet 87 11%

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Prior College Experiences

1. Thinking back over your transfer college coursework, how often were you REQUIRED to do the following?

 NeverRarelyOccasionallySomewhat oftenOftenVery often
Recognize or recall specific facts, terms and concepts 1 6 53 120 304 273
0% 1% 7% 16% 40% 36%
Explain methods, ideas, or concepts and use them to solve problems 1 17 57 156 296 228
0% 2% 8% 21% 39% 30%
Break down material into component parts or arguments into assumptions to see the basis for different outcomes and conclusions 6 53 97 178 246 177
1% 7% 13% 24% 33% 23%
Judge the value of information, ideas, actions, and conclusions based on the soundness of sources, methods and reasoning 9 43 78 185 255 185
1% 6% 10% 25% 34% 25%
Create or generate new ideas, products or ways of understanding 23 79 114 179 210 148
3% 11% 15% 24% 28% 20%

2. Thinking back on your transfer college experience, how often did you do each of the following?

 NeverRarelyOccasionallySomewhat oftenOftenVery often
Used facts and examples to support your viewpoint 0 2 36 75 287 354
0% 0% 5% 10% 38% 47%
Incorporated ideas or concepts from different courses when completing assignments 2 20 72 152 251 256
0% 3% 10% 20% 33% 34%
Examined how others gathered and interpreted data and assessed the soundness of their conclusions 10 60 107 171 239 166
1% 8% 14% 23% 32% 22%
Reconsidered your own position on a topic after assessing the arguments of others 5 39 107 147 254 203
1% 5% 14% 20% 34% 27%

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