ERIC Number: ED393334
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
BSU's Impact on Skills Valued by Graduates.
Belcher, Marcia J.
This report presents the findings of a 1995 survey of 1992-93 and 1993-94 graduates of Boise State University (BSU), Idaho, which sought to identify what students valued in a college education and the extent to which they felt BSU had helped them grow in these areas. The mail survey of 1,456 graduates asked them to rate the importance of a series of 17 skills or abilities that individuals might hope to attain from going to college, then to rate the extent of impact BSU had in their attaining these skills. It found that: (1) graduates especially valued the ability to communicate and to solve problems; (2) BSU was perceived as most effective in improving written skills, with about 80 percent of graduates agreeing that BSU had a major impact in this area; (3) of the three most important skills, BSU had the least impact on oral communication, with two-thirds of graduates rating BSU's impact as either major or moderate; and (4) the skills that graduates valued most differed depending upon the major chosen by the graduate. Eight tables present detailed information on graduate responses. An appendix discusses the survey methodology and includes a copy of the survey questionnaire. (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Boise State Univ., ID.