ERIC Number: ED423804
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-May
Reference Count: N/A
The Academic Journey: Insights from 1994-95 and 1995-96 Graduates. Research Report 98-01.
Belcheir, Marcia J.; Gray, Nancy L.
A survey of 1,210 Boise State University (BSU) alumni sought to discover if BSU graduates were successful and how well their courses of study had met their needs. Graduates from 1994-95 and 1995-96 were asked to rate several areas related to their major, provide information concerning their employment and other demographic factors, and offer suggestions on how BSU's academic programs might be improved. Highlights included: about 80 percent of graduates were employed within three months of graduation; most (61 percent) respondents said they used the knowledge acquired at BSU frequently; one-fifth of respondents were employed and also continuing their education and 4.1 percent were continuing their education without working; nearly 60 percent planned to obtain a graduate degree; most (82.5 percent) felt they were adequately, more than adequately, or exceptionally well prepared for graduate work; most (91 percent) felt that faculty and BSU were interested in students, and 87 percent felt faculty were outstanding teachers; and the skill rated most important university-wide was oral communication, with written communication and problem solving in second and third places. Twenty tables detail the study's findings. The survey form is appended. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Boise State Univ., ID. Office of Institutional Assessment.