ERIC Number: ED356837
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
The Graduate Survey Report: A Survey of 1991-1992 Graduates.
Arrowhead Community Coll. Region, Grand Rapids, MN.
In an effort to measure their students' satisfaction with their college experience, Arrowhead Community College Region (ACCR), in Minnesota, surveyed all 919 students graduating in the 1991-1992 school year. Graduates were asked to evaluate the academic environment and student services they received, to indicate their original educational intent, and to make suggestions for improvement. Students received the survey instrument as they applied for graduation, and 787 returned usable forms, for a response rate of 85.6%. Study findings included the following: (1) 43.6% of the respondents were 21 years old or younger, 35.1% were 30 years old or older, and 21.2% were between the ages of 22 and 29; (2) 63.0% of the respondents were women, 44.4% of whom were 30 years or older; (3) 73.4% of the graduates indicated that they received some form of financial aid while attending college, with twice as many females as males receiving financial aid; (4) 87.5% of the respondents were satisfied with their college experience; (5) students were most satisfied with their instructors' attitudes, the size of their classes, and the location of their college; (6) 21.2% of the respondents were dissatisfied with the availability of courses, while 12.3% felt the variety of courses offered should be increased, and 7.6% thought that laboratory facilities should be improved; (7) 81.3% of the students intended to receive a degree when they first enrolled in the ACCR; and (8) when they first enrolled, 42.1% of students intended to transfer after they received their degree, 23% did not intend to transfer, 9.3% intended to transfer before receiving their degree, and 21.3% were unsure of their plans to transfer. The survey instrument and data tables are included. (MAB)
Descriptors: College Graduates, College Transfer Students, Community Colleges, Educational Facilities Improvement, Followup Studies, Graduate Surveys, Participant Satisfaction, Questionnaires, Student Characteristics, Student Educational Objectives, Student Financial Aid, Tables (Data), Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Arrowhead Community Coll. Region, Grand Rapids, MN.