ERIC Number: ED400772
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
In Their Own Words: BSU Graduates Tell of Best and Hardest and Recommend Changes. Research Report 96-03.
Belcher, Marcia J.
This paper contains the results of a survey of graduates of Boise State University (Idaho) from 1992-93 and 1993-94. The report presents respondents'(N=1,476) answers to three open-ended questions of the survey concerning "what they liked most" about their BSU experience, "the hardest thing they had to do" in order to complete their education at BSU, and suggestions for improvement. The paper also reports the common themes that emerged. Almost half of the respondents cited people, usually faculty, as the aspect of their BSU experience that they liked most. After people, graduates mentioned that they enjoyed the learning process. The "hardest thing they had to do" most commonly involved academic issues; administrative issues such as class scheduling; personal issues such as balancing school, work, and family; or coping with financial difficulties. Respondents' advice concerning improving education at BSU fell into the general categories of: curriculum review and update; instruction; climate, including more support, understanding, respect, and communication; administration; and advisement. Included are tables showing numbers of comments in specified areas and what percentage of the total they represent. An appendix includes a description of the survey methodology and a copy of the survey form. (MAH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Boise State Univ., ID.
Identifiers - Location: Idaho