North Carolina State University
2002 Sophomore Student Survey:
- NC State conducted its
annual survey of sophomore students during the spring 2002 semester. Over
76 percent (76.4%) of eligible sophomores responded. The margin of error for
the results is very low (+0.6 at the 95% confidence level).
- With few exceptions,
results from the 2002 Sophomore Survey are more positive than those from the
2000 Sophomore Survey.
- 90 percent of respondents
reported that they plan to continue their education at NC State. About 90
percent of respondents also said that NC State is satisfying their goals for
intellectual growth (90.1%), rated the overall education they were getting
at NC State as good or excellent (89.4%), and rated the intellectual environment
as strong or very strong (89.4%).
- Ratings for NC State's
contribution to respondents' growth in various aspects of personal development
and in having a broad world view generally increased from those given in the
2000 Sophomore Survey, while ratings for general education goals declined.
As in past years, in the current survey NC State's contribution to respondents'
development of technical and analytic skills was rated more positively than
its contribution to their growth in communication skills and a broad world
- Almost three-fourths
of respondents gave positive ratings to the overall quality of instruction
at NC State. Ratings for faculty members' contribution to various aspects
of student learning were slightly more positive than they were in the 2000
survey. In the current survey respondents gave highest ratings for faculty
members setting high expectations to learn and encouraging devoting
time and enegry to coursework.
- White respondents' opinion
that NC State leadership fosters diversity on campus has grown increasingly
more positive since the question was first asked on the 1998 Sophomore Survey,
while ratings from African Americans' have held fairly steady since the 1999
survey. In the current survey Whites were three times more likely than minority
respondents to strongly agree that NC State leadership fosters diversity
on campus (34.5% vs 10.7% [African Americans] and 11.3% [other minorities]).
Whites were also much more likely than African Americans and other minority
respondents to strongly agree that NC State is committed to helping minorities
succeed (44.2%, 13.1%, and 21.8%, respectively). It is important to note
that student responses to these questions in the current survey were not affected
by widespread discussion of a classroom incident at NC State during the Spring
2002 semester, as the vast majority of respondents had completed the survey
prior to the incident and following activities.
- Similar to past years,
almost 60 percent of respondents said they were employed during the academic
year, with 23 percent of them working 20 or more hours per week. About 40
percent of employed respondents were working in jobs related to their academic
For more information on
the 2002 Sophomore Student Survey contact:
Dr. Nancy Whelchel, Associate Director for Survey Research
Office of Institutional Planning and Research
Phone: (919) 515-4184
Posted: October, 2002
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