2000 Entering Transfer Student Survey Instrument

2000 New Transfer Student Survey

This document lists survey questions and response options for the 2000 New Transfer Student Survey. To view frequency distributions of responses to a question, click on the question number.

1. What is the number of institutions you attended before enrolling at NC State? 1 2 3 4 More than 4
2. To what extent did each of the following factors influence your decision to transfer to NC State? 
Using the scale below, please enter the number closest to your opinion for each factor listed.
  5= very strong influence 4=strong influence 3=moderate influence 2=weak influence 1=very weak influence 0=not applicable
  a. Academic reputation k. Campus visit prior to orientation
  b. Cost l. Contact with a current student 
  c. Location m. Contact with a faculty or staff member
  d. Size n. Contact with a graduate
  e. Availability of program o. Letter from someone rather than Admissions Office
  f. Recommended by a friend, family member, teacher, counselor, etc. p. Attendance at a College Fair
  g. Number of hours transferred/credited q. Publications from NC State
  h. Level of support for my intended major r. Extracurricular opportunities
  i. Facilities and resources available s. Other (please specify):
  j. Scholarships/financial aid available  
3. Using the list from question 2, please select the single most influential factor in your decision to transfer to NC State, and fill in the letter below.
a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s ß SINGLE MOST INFLUENTIAL FACTOR
4. Overall, how would you rate the NC State Virtual Advising Center Web site?
(If you didn't know about it before coming to orientation, just say so.)
  Didn't know about Know about but never used Excellent Good Fair Poor
  For questions 5-7, please rate your satisfaction with the quality of that area at NC State. Use the following scale:  
4 = very satisfied  3 = moderately satisfied  2 = moderately dissatisfied  1 = very dissatisfied  0=Don�t know/Didn�t use
5. How satisfied were you with the university admissions process?
6. How satisfied were you with your departmental admissions process?
7. How satisfied were you with the university financial aid process (the process for applying for aid, not the award amount)?
  Please use the following scale for questions 8 and 9: 3=more than I expected 2=about what I expected 1=less than I expected
8. Was the number of your courses which actually transferred the number you were led to believe should transfer by your previous institution?
9. Was the number of your courses which actually transferred the number you were led to believe should transfer by your NC State department?
  Please use the following scale for questions 10-12: 3=well prepared 2=adequately prepared 1=poorly prepared
10. How well do you think your high school prepared you for college?
11. How well do you think your last institution prepared you for further study?
12. How well do you think you prepared yourself for college?
13. What is your primary goal or objective for attending NC State? (Mark only one.)
  To obtain a bachelor�s degree or certificate only To improve knowledge, technical skills, and/or competencies required for my current profession
  To obtain a bachelor�s degree as preparation for graduate or professional school To take courses for personal interest
  To obtain a bachelor�s degree as preparation for a new career or profession Other (please specify):
14. How certain are you about your choice of a college major?
  Very certain Certain Uncertain Very uncertain
15. What is the highest level of education you plan to complete?
  Certificate (Agricultural Institute only) Doctoral degree (Ph.D., Ed.D.) Do not intend to complete a degree
  Bachelor's degree Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)  
  Master's degree (MA, MS, MBA) Other professional degree (law, divinity, medicine)  
16. From the time you enter NC State, how long do you intend to take to complete your bachelor's degree?
  1 year 3 years More than 4 years
  2 years 4 years Do not intend to complete bachelor's degree at NC State
17. What will your enrollment status (course load) be during your first semester at NC State?
  15 credit hours of classes or more 12-14 credit hours of classes Less than 12 credit hours of classes
18. If you will be enrolling for less than 15 credit hours during your first semester, please indicate the reason(s) below. (Mark all that apply.)
  Will need to work Was advised to carry a lighter load by my advisor Combination of credit hours would have been too much if I had taken another big course
  Courses wanted were not available Was completing degree requirements and did not need more courses Family responsibilities
  Want to be able to make better grades Participated in an internship, co-op, practicum, student teaching, or international study Other (please specify):
19. Below is a list of knowledge, skills, and personal development goals held by NC State for your undergraduate preparation. 
  In the left-hand column, please indicate your current level of development using the following scale: 5=very high 4=high 3=average 2=low 1=very low 0=don't know In the right-hand column, please rate how important this goal is to you right now, using the following scale: 5=very important 4=important 3=moderately important 2=of limited importance 1=not important 0=don't know
Current Development
General Education Goals
Goal Importance
Acquiring a broad general education
Ability to communicate ideas in writing
Ability to communicate ideas orally
Developing good listening skills
Developing good reading comprehension skills
Ability to apply mathematics skills
Understanding how science and technology influence everyday life
Ability to apply scientific principles
Developing computer skills
Ability to critically analyze events, information and ideas
Ability to plan and carry out projects independently
Understanding diverse cultures and values
Current Development
Personal Development Goals
Goal Importance
Taking responsibility for my own behavior
Viewing learning as a lifelong process
Recognizing and acting upon ethical principles
Improving leadership and management skills
Ability to function as part of a team
Being involved with public and community affairs
Understanding my own abilities and interests
Developing a commitment to personal health and fitness
Having self-confidence
Realizing my potential for success
Clarifying personal identity
Coping with change
Being independent and self-reliant
Handling stress
Managing my time
Having self-discipline
Current Development
World View Goals
Goal Importance
Understanding issues and problems facing the world
Understanding the present as it relates to historical events/processes
Being able to interact and work with people from diverse backgrounds
Advancing my appreciation of the arts, music, and literature
Having a tolerance for different points of view
Valuing gender equity
Valuing racial equity
20. Indicate the educational attainment of each parent/guardian: (mark only one in each column.)
  Father/Male Guardian Mother/Female Guardian
Less than a high school graduate
High school graduate
Some college/no degree
2-year associate degree or certificate
4-year baccalaureate degree
Some graduate or professional coursework/no degree
Master's degree
Doctorate or other professional degree (medicine, dentistry, law, etc.)
21. Please indicate your interest in learning about and/or participating in the following NC State co-curricular programs/activities by marking the appropriate bubbles. (Mark all that apply.)
  Student Government Healthy lifestyles issues (stress management, sexuality, substance abuse, etc.)
  Student Publications/Media Student Dance Companies (NC State Dance Company, Dance Visions)
  Social Fraternity/Sorority ROTC
  Volunteer Services Study Abroad/National Student Exchange
  Co-op (Cooperative Education) program Union Activities Board programs/activities (College Bowl, concerts, African-American, International, etc.)
  Student Leadership Development Program Residence Hall Councils
  Student Judicial Board The Crafts Center programs/classes
  Music Minor, Bands, Choirs, Orchestras, Chamber Music, Bagpipes, Drums Theater participation as audience
  Fitness (Aerobics, Walking, etc.) Theater participation as artist
  Indoor Recreation (Leisure Activities) Attending art exhibitions
  Intramurals (Basketball, Golf, Table Tennis, etc.) Selecting Performing Arts attractions (concerts, comedy, drama, dance, etc.)
  Club Sports (Aikido, Rowing, Wrestling, etc.) Planning programs and services for children and families
  Informal Recreation (Archery, Pictionary, Wallyball, etc.) Gender issues (gender communications, work and family issues, violence against women, etc.)
  Outdoor Adventures (Backpacking, Camping, Rock Climbing, etc.)  
22. What is your religious preference?
  Baptist Hindu Lutheran Presbyterian
  Catholic Islamic Methodist Unitarian
  Disciples of Christ Jewish Moravian Other (please specify)
  Episcopal Latter-Day Saints Non-Denominational No preference  
23. This fall, will you have a computer for your personal use at NC State?
  Yes, a laptop Yes, a desktop No Don't know
24. If yes, will you be able to connect your computer to the Internet at NC State?
  Yes No Don't know
25. Are you receiving any type of financial aid? Include work study, grants, loans, and scholarships.
  Yes No
26. If you answer yes to question 25, please indicate what kind(s) of aid you are receiving. (Mark all that apply.)
  Academic Athletic-based Other than listed above
  Financial need Other (dance, music, etc.)  
27. If you are a financially independent student, answer a. Otherwise, if you are listed as a dependent (for tax purposes) by your parent/guardian, answer question b.
  a. Please estimate your 1999 pre-tax income.
  $10,000 or less $20,001-$25,000 $35,001-$40,000 $60,001-75,000 $150,001-$200,000
  $10,001-$15,000 $25,001-$30,000 $40,001-$50,000 $75,001-$100,000 More than $200,000
  $15,001-$20,000 $30,001-$35,000 $50,001-$60,000 $100,001-$150,000  
  b. Please estimate the amount of your parents' or guardians' combined 1999 pre-tax income.
  $10,000 or less $20,001-$25,000 $35,001-$40,000 $60,001-75,000 $150,001-$200,000
  $10,001-$15,000 $25,001-$30,000 $40,001-$50,000 $75,001-$100,000 More than $200,000
  $15,001-$20,000 $30,001-$35,000 $50,001-$60,000 $100,001-$150,000  
28. Do your plans include employment during your first semester? (Mark only one.)
  I plan to work 20 hours or more each week I plan to work less than 20 hours each week I do not plan to work
29. After graduation, where do you plan to seek employment? (Mark only one.)
  Anywhere; the location is not an important factor in my job search In the USA only I will not be seeking employment after graduation
  In North Carolina only Outside the USA only  

For more information on the 2000 Entering Transfer Student Survey and/or to request a copy of the actual survey instrument contact:
Dr. Nancy Whelchel, Associate Director for Survey Research
Office of Institutional Planning and Research
Box 7002
Phone: (919) 515-4184
Email: Nancy_Whelchel@ncsu.edu

Posted: August, 2001

A copy of the survey is available from UPA upon request.

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