ERIC Number: ED459870
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Sep
Ivy Tech State College Student Focus Group Report, Spring 2001.
Howard, Keith; Bear, Tom; Lewton, Chuck; Casey, Cindy
This report examines the results of student focus group sessions at Ivy Tech State College. From these sessions, five themes emerged: (1) Communications--improved communication would improve student experience, yet determining how to best communicate with students and finding resources to meet those needs will be challenging; (2) Student Affairs--students believed that financial aid and career services were important functions (Overall, students were satisfied with services offered, but maintaining this satisfaction may prove difficult due to enrollment growth, unless additional resources are directed toward Student Affairs); (3) Student Activities--students not involved in activities indicated external reasons that prohibited participation (Students supported the increase in activities fees from $0.53 to $1.00, and they also indicated they would like to see intramural sports and continued emphasis on activities that involve families); (4) Academic Advising--advising was often viewed as unorganized and confusing, and arranging meetings with faculty was difficult (Providing students with more tools to self-advise or gain assistance in enrolling appears necessary); and (5) Access--students were concerned about a lack of access to childcare, libraries, labs, bookstores, and records offices. Making the college more accessible may require adjustments to the times services are offered or more emphasis placed on electronic delivery of services. Appendices include focus group session outlines and questions, and student demographics. (KP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ivy Tech State Coll., Indianapolis, IN.
Note: Conducted by the Regional Student Affairs Officers Committee. Prepared as a part of the College's Key Quality Indicators Final Report.