ERIC Number: ED400773
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
A Survey of Current & Potential Graduate Students. Research Report 96-04.
Belcher, Marcia J.
This study reports on the results of a survey of current graduate students at Boise State University (BSU) in Idaho, seniors with good grade point averages, and individuals working in the Boise area mainly in the areas of technology and education. Survey respondents (N=297) were asked what obstacles kept or had kept them from enrolling in graduate school; which services they would or did find most helpful to attract and retain them; reasons why they might pursue a graduate degree; and general perceptions of BSU. Obstacles to graduate study identified were: finances, work schedules, and course availability. Desirable services cited by respondents were: summer courses, graduate assistantships, courses through distance learning, childcare, and graduate housing. Personal satisfaction, career advancement, improved earnings, and requirements of their job were reasons given for attending graduate school. Most respondents agreed that BSU has a quality faculty and a good academic reputation, but only about half agreed that BSU has modern labs and equipment or that there is good support for graduate programs. Findings also indicated that potential graduate students were slightly younger than current graduate students, and that a vast majority of graduate students will continue to enroll on a part-time basis, scheduling courses between work and other commitments. The survey and detailed responses are appended. (MAH)
Descriptors: Ancillary School Services, College Choice, Data Collection, Educational Attitudes, Enrollment Influences, Graduate Students, Graduate Study, Graduate Surveys, Higher Education, Institutional Evaluation, Needs Assessment, Opinions, Questionnaires, Research Reports, Student Motivation, Student Needs, Student Personnel Services, Student Surveys
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Boise State Univ., ID.
Identifiers - Location: Idaho