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Academic Year 2005-2006 Student Surveys
and NC State Spring 2006 Alumni Survey:
Summary of Question Items

Information on Table Layout:

-fy05 = Fall 2005 First Year Student Survey
-soph06 = Spring 2006 Sophomore Student Survey
-gss06 = Academic Year 2005-2006 Graduating Senior Survey
-alum06 = 2006 Baccalaureate Alumni Survey
-UNC-GA required items are shaded.
-Numbers reported represent the survey question number.
-Differences in question wording are noted when relevant.

Question Categories:

Background Characteristics Teaching and Learning Technologies
Applying to NC State Campus Climate
Paying for College Educational Intent and Interests
Preparation for College Post-Baccalaureate Education
Knowledge, Skills, and Personal Development Post-Baccalaureate Employment
Faculty Contributions Overall Satisfaction
Services for Students Alumni Services

Background Characteristics

  fy05 soph06 gss06 alum06
Father/Male guardian level of education 23_1      
Mother/Female guardian level of education 23_2      
Religious Preference 21      
Own a computer 24      
Connection to the Internet 25      
Parent/Guardian's Income 28      
Number in household 29      
Number of other dependents in college 30      
Area lived in during high school 31      
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Applying to NC State

Admissions Process: fy05 soph06 gss06 alum06
Number of colleges applied to 1      
University admissions process 7      
Departmental admissions process 8      
University contacts:        
Call from faculty or staff 2_1      
Call from student 2_2      
Call from graduate 2_3      
Letter from outside Admissions 3      

Factors influencing decision to attend: fy05 soph06 gss06 alum06
Academic reputation 5_1      
Cost 5_2      
Location 5_3      
Size 5_4      
Availability of program 5_5      
Recommended 5_6      
Number of hours transferred 5_7      
Level of support for intended major 5_8      
Facilities and resources 5_9      
Scholarships/financial aid 5_10      
Campus visit 5_11      
Contact with current student 5_12      
Contact with faculty or staff 5_13      
Contact with a graduate 5_14      
Letter from someone other than Admissions 5_15      
Attendance at a College Fair 5_16      
Publications from NC State 5_17      
Extracurricular opportunities 5_18      
FYC 5_19      
Campus Recreation programs 5_20      
Other 5_21      
Most influential factor in decision to attend 6      
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Paying for College

  fy05 soph06 gss06 alum06
University financial aid process 9      
Receiving financial aid 26 33 17  
Receiving academic-based aid 27_1      
Receiving financial need-based aid 27_2      
Receiving athletic-based aid 27_3      
Receiving aid based on other (dance, music, etc.) 27_4      
Receiving other aid 27_5      
Satisfaction with financial aid package   34 18  
Satisfaction with financial aid reception staff   35a 19a  
Satisfaction with financial aid phone staff   35b 19b  
Satisfaction with financial aid advisor staff   35c 19c  
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Preparation for College

  fy05 soph06 gss06 alum06
Preparation by high school 10      
Preparation by self 11      
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Knowledge, Skills, and Personal Development

General Education fy05 soph06 gss06 alum06
Acquiring a broad general education (Alumni, "Understanding concepts in broad range of disciplines") 18_1     13
Writing skills 18_2 21_1 20_1 1a
Speaking skills 18_3 21_2 20_2 1b
Listening skills 18_4 21_3 20_3 1d
Comprehension skills 18_5 21_4 20_4 1c
Ability to apply mathematical skills 18_6 21_5 20_5 5
Understanding how science and technology influence life 18_7 21_9 20_9 21
Ability to apply scientific principles 18_8 21_6 20_6 4
Enhancing analytic skills   21_7 20_7  
Developing computer skills 18_9 21_8 20_8  
Technical skills/knowledge     20_11 2
Ability to adapt to changing technologies   21_11 20_11 3
Ability to critically analyze events, information and ideas 18_10 21_12 20_12  
Ability to plan and carry out projects independently 18_11 21_13 20_13  
Using knowledge to solve problems overall        
Understanding diverse cultures and values 18_12 21_14 20_14 20
Using library/internet for research   21_10 20_10  
Finding relevant information/ideas from multiple sources       6a
Bringing information/ideas together from different areas       6b
Thinking creatively       6c
Planning projects       6d
Defining problems       6e
Solving problems       6f
Logical reasoning skills       6g
Examining problems from multiple perspectives       6h
Skills gained through research/internship/student teaching        
Ability to construct clear, precise, and accurate arguments       14
Ability to critically analyze/evaluate ideas/information       15
Ability to understand current literature in my field       16
Acquiring an awareness of new scientific knowledge/discoveries       17
Preparing for a career       18
Skills gained through research/internship/student teaching        
Skills gained through research/internship/student teaching        
Skills gained through research/internship/student teaching        
Personal Development fy05 soph06 gss06 alum06
Taking responsibility for my own behavior 18_13 21_28 20_28  
Viewing learning as a lifelong process 18_14 21_26 20_26 29
Recognizing and acting upon ethical principles 18_15 21_24 20_24 22
Leadership skills (Alumni, "Leadership and management skills) 18_16     8i
Ability to function as part of a team 18_17 21_23 20_23 7e
Ability to lead or guide others   21_22 20_22  
Exercising public responsibility and community service 18_18 21_25 20_25 23
Understanding my own abilities and interests 18_19      
Commitment to personal health and fitness 18_20 21_27 20_27 28
Having self-confidence 18_21 21_29 20_29 8d
Realizing my potential for success 18_22 21_32 20_32  
Sense of personal identity 18_23 21_30 20_30  
Coping with change 18_24 21_33 20_33  
Being independent and self-reliant 18_25 21_31 20_31  
Ability to handle stress 18_26 21_34 20_34  
Personal growth   21_35 20_35  
Time management 18_27 21_36 20_36  
Self-discipline 18_28 21_37 20_37  
Ability to adjust to new job demands       7a
Working under pressure       7b
Making decisions under pressure       7c
Ability to work independently       7d
Being dependable and punctual       7g
Professionalism       8a
Conducting work activities in ethical manner       8b
Resourcefulness       8c
Ability to learn independently       8e
Ability to grow on the job       8f
Willingness to accept new responsibilities       8g
Ability to adapt to changing circumstances       8h
World View fy05 soph06 gss06 alum06
Understanding issues and problems facing the world 18_29 21_19 20_19 24
Understanding the present as it relates to history 18_30 21_20 20_20 25
Being able to interact and work with people from diverse backgrounds 18_31 21_21 20_21 7f
Advancing appreciation of the arts 18_32 21_18 20_18 30
Advancing appreciation for the humanities       31
Advancing appreciation of how social science methods may be used to understand human behavior       32
Developing a tolerance for divergent views 18_33 21_15 20_15 19
Valuing gender equity (Alumni, "Appreciating gender equity") 18_34 21_17 20_17 27
Valuing racial equity (Alumni, "Appreciating racial equity") 18_35 21_16 20_16 26
Note: First Year: Rate 1) current level of development and 2) importance. Senior: Rate NC State contribution to development. 3) Alumni: Rate 1) preparation and 2) current importance.
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Skills/Perspectives gained through undergraduate courses/experiences fy05 soph06 gss06 alum06
Foreign language skills       9
Skills gained through research/internship.student teaching       10
Skills gained through a study abroad experience       11
Skills gained through a community service or service-learning project       12

General Education Preparation fy05 soph06 gss06 alum06
Know how to access and use the information I need in my professional life       37
Undergraduate experiences and courses at NC State encouraged creative and innovative thinking       38
Education at NC State has prepared me to be competitive with graduates from other institutions       39
Physical education course(s) at NC State had positive influence on current exercise/health habits       40
Foreign language courses at NC State helped gain appreciation for other cultures       41
Routinely keep up with current events in the news       42
Read for leisure on a regular basis       43
Frequency of physical exercise       44
Frequency of volunteer work       45

Faculty Contributions

  fy05 soph06 gss06 alum06
Faculty Contributions: Set high expectations for you to learn   1 1  
Faculty Contributions: Respect the diverse talents and ways of learning   2 2  
Faculty Contributions: Encourage active learning   3 3  
Faculty Contributions: Encourage student-faculty interaction   4 4  
Faculty Contributions: Frequent and Prompt feedback   5 5  
Faculty Contributions: Encourage sufficient time and energy to coursework   6 6  
Faculty Contributions: Develop opportunities to learn cooperatively   7 7  
Faculty Contributions: Care about your academic success and welfare   8 8  
Faculty Contributions: General evaluation of instructors   9 9  
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Services for Students

Orientation for new students fy05 soph06 gss06 alum06
Length of session   10a    
Quality of programs   10b    
Helpfulness of staff   10c    
Accomodations   10d    
Overall effectiveness of orientation   10e    
Academic advising fy05 soph06 gss06 alum06
Access to advisor   11_a 11_a  
Sufficient time with advisor   11_b 11_b  
Accurate info on req/course sequencing   11_c 11_c  
Advisor knowledge of policies/procedures   11_d 11_d  
Academic advising services overall   11_e 11_e  
Virtual Advising Center Website 4 17    
Academic assistance or tutoring fy05 soph06 gss06 alum06
Writing   12a    
Reading   12b    
Mathematics   12c    
Study skills   12d    
Foreign language   12e    
Computer science   12g    
Science   12h    
Academic help overall        
Research support fy05 soph06 gss06 alum06
Access to faculty involved in research     12_a  
Access to up-to-date facilities     12_b  
Research support overall     12_c  
Library services fy05 soph06 gss06 alum06
Library hours of operation   13_a 14_a  
Staff responsiveness   13_b 14_b, 10s_4  
Access to databases and collections   13_c 14_c  
Training to use library   13_d 14_d  
Library services overall   13_e 14_e  
Library services     10_4  
Technology fy05 soph06 gss06 alum06
Access to the Internet   14_a 13_a  
Hours of op for computer center labs and help   14_b 13_b  
Access to up-to-date facilities   14_c 13_c  
Access to trained staff for help   14_d 13_d  
Technology training classes   14_e 13_e  
Technology services overall   14_f 13_f  
Career-related services fy05 soph06 gss06 alum06
Opportunity for career assistance   15_a 15_a  
Information on internships/co-op/other   15_b 15_b  
Resources to explore career options   15_c 15_c  
Info available through computers/Internet   15_d 15_d  
Career-related services overall   15_e 15_e  
Employment search assistance fy05 soph06 gss06 alum06
Resume preparation     16_a  
Interview preparation and skills     16_b  
Access to employment opportunities     16_c  
Employment search assistance overall     16_d  
University Career Center     10_2, 10s_2  
College/departmental placement assistance     10_3, 10s_3  
NC State bookstores fy05 soph06 gss06 alum 06
Bookstore services & products   16 10_5, 10s_5  
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Non-Academic Student Services* fy05 soph06 gss06 alum06
Campus food services   25a, 25b 10_9*  
Campus health services   26a, 26b 10_10*  
Campus counseling (not career) services   27a, 27b 10_11*  
Campus residence life programs   29a, 29b 10_13*  
Opportunities to participate in extra-curricular activities   30a, 30b 10_14  
Opportunities to participate in community service projects   31 10_15  
Opportunities to develop leadership skills   32 10_16  
Campus taken sufficient steps to ensure safety   18 10_1  
Registration process   22a, 22b 10_6*  
Financial aid services: application/award process   23a, 23b 10_7*  
Financial aid services: disbursement process   24a, 24b 10_8*  
Business services/cashier/student accounts   28a, 28b 10_12*  
*Evaluations of both the service area and staff responsiveness, where applicable
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Teaching and Learning Technologies

Technology used IN classroom or lab (for course)*** fy05 soph06** gss06* alum06
Static e-presentation   55n_1, 55e_1 41n_1, 41e_1  
Non-static e-presentation   55n_2, 55e_2 41n_2, 41e_2  
Instructor demos of Web materials   55n_3, 55e_3 41n_3, 41e_3  
Computerized exams/quizzes   55n_4, 55e_4 41n_4, 41e_4  
Course specific software   55n_5, 55e_5 41n_5, 41e_5  
E-feedback to instructor during class   55n_6, 55e_6 41n_6, 41e_6  

Technology used OUTSIDE classroom or lab (for course)*** fy05 soph06** gss06* alum06
Learning Management Systems   56n_1, 56e_1 42n_1, 42e_1  
E-communication among students   56n_2, 56e_2 42n_2, 42e_2  
E-communication with instructor   56n_3, 56e_3 42n_3, 42e_3  
E-submission of work   56n_4, 56e_4 42n_4, 42e_4  
Work to be prepared with word processor, spreadsheet, etc.   56n_5, 56e_5 42n_5, 42e_5  
Digital content resources   56n_6, 56e_6 42n_6, 42e_6  
Course-specific software   56n_7, 56e_7 42n_7, 42e_7  

Extent to which all technologies have helped: fy05 soph06** gss06* alum06
Answer questions in field of study   57a 43a  
Solve problems in field of study   57b 43b  
Use research methods to gain knowledge   57c 43c  
Use info available from sources (books, journals)   57d 43d  
Use skills/technologies of field to complete major assignment   57e 43e  
*Refers to courses during junior and senior years
**Included on the web version of the survey only

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Campus Climate

  fy05 soph06 gss06 alum06
Campus support for women   38_1 21_1  
Campus support for men   38_2 21_2  
Campus support for African Americans   38_3 21_3  
Campus support for other ethnic minorities   38_4 21_4  
Campus support for international students   38_5 21_5  
Campus support for students with disabilities   38_6 21_6  
Campus support for gay and lesbian students   38_7 21_7  
NC State committed to helping minority students succeed   39 22  
NC State leadership fosters diversity on campus   40 23  
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Educational Intent and Interests

  fy05 soph06 gss06 alum06
Certainty of major 12      
Highest level of education planned 14      
Intended time to complete degree 15      
First semester course load 16      
Reasons for less than 15 hrs. first semester 17      
Primary goal/objective for attending NC State 13   35  
Extent accomplished goal/objective     36  
Plans to complete degree   51    
Taken longer than 4 yrs to graduate     37  
Wanted/advised lighter courseload as reason for taking longer to graduate     38_1  
Couldn't get classes needed as reason for taking longer to graduate     38_2  
Changed majors as reason for taking longer to graduate     38_3  
Lost credit when transferred as reason for taking longer to graduate     38_4  
Co-op/intern/practicum/teach/etc. participation as reason for taking longer to graduate     38_5  
Financial reasons for taking longer to graduate     38_6  
Personal reasons for taking longer to graduate     38_7  
Graduating with more than one major/minor as reason for taking longer to graduate     38_8  
Study Abroad participation as reason for taking longer to graduate     38_9  
Time spent working for pay as reason for taking longer to graduate     38_10  
Other reasons for taking longer to graduate     38_11  
If off-campus degree program, likelihood of obtaining degree on UNC campus     49  
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Employment While at NC State fy05 soph06 gss06 alum06
First semester employment 32      
Academic year employment   43 31  
Hours worked per week on-campus   45a 33a  
Hours worked per week off-campus   45b 33b  
On-campus job related to academic major/ by choice   44a 32a  
Off-campus job related to academic major/ by choice   44b 32b  
Co-op/internship/practicum/field experience in major     28  
Field exp. contribution to personal/prof. growth     29  
Participate in research with NCSU faculty   42b 26b  
Research exp. contribution to personal/prof. growth   42b2 26b2  
Job offer from employer at field exp.     30  
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Interests and Involvement* fy05 soph06 gss06 alum06
Student Government 22_1 41_11 24_8 69_12
Social Fraternity/Sorority 22_14 41_10 24_5 69_11
Volunteer Services 22_7      
Co-op (Cooperative Education) program 22_5      
Student Leadership Development Program 22_4      
Student Judicial Board 22_2   24_9  
Music 22_22      
Fitness 22_10      
Indoor Recreation 22_11      
Intramurals 22_12      
Club Sports 22_9      
Service Groups   41_9   69_10
Intramural/Recreational sports, Club Teams   41_2 24_6 69_3
Outdoor Adventures 22_13      
Healthy lifestyle issues 22_19      
Student Dance Companies 22_26      
ROTC 22_8 41_8 24_15 69_9
Study Abroad/National Student Exchange 22_6      
Union Activities Board programs/activities 22_16     69_14
Union Activities Board groups, Student Media   41_13 24_10  
Student Publications/Media 22_15 41_12 24_11 69_13
Residence Hall Councils 22_3 41_7 24_4 69_8
The Crafts Center programs/classes 22_21      
Theater participation as audience 22_25      
Theater participation as artist 22_24      
Visual/performing Arts/Music groups   41_17 24_12 69_18
Attending art exhibitions 22_23      
Planning programs and services for children and families 22_20      
Gender issues 22_18      
Academic group   41_1 24_1  
Academic scholarship program       69_1
Organizations/Clubs related to your major   41_4 24_2 69_5
Honor/Service/professional fraternity/sorority     24_3 69_2
Varsity Athletic Teams   41_16 24_7 69_17
Minority student groups   41_3 24_13 69_4
Religious/Political/Issue groups   41_5, 41_6 24_14  
Religious groups   41_5, 41_6 24_14 69_7
Political/Issue groups   41_5, 41_6 24_14 69_6
Multicultural/Diversity programs/activities 22_17      
University Honors Program       69_15
University Scholars Program       69_16
Other groups     24_16  
Musical Instruments Played 19      
*Note: First Year: Interest in activity; Sophomore, Senior, and Alumni: Involvement in activity

Attended while at NC State: fy05 soph06 gss06 alum06
Music Department concert(s)     25_1  
Center Stage performance(s)     25_2  
University Theatre performance(s)     25_3  
Dance Program concert(s)     25_4  
Crafts Center exhibit(s)     25_5  
Gallery of Art and Design exhibit(s)     25_6  

Study Abroad fy05 soph06 gss06 alum06
Participate in a study abroad program while at NC State       34
Duration of study abroad program(s)       35
Extent to which study abroad experience helped improve problem solving skills       36a
Extent to which study abroad experience had positive impact on your work attitudes and skills       36b
Extent to which study abroad experience contributed to better understand problems and issues facing the world       36c
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Work-related experiences fy05 soph06 gss06 alum06
Cooperative Education Program       67_1
Internship       67_2
Practicum       67_3
Student teaching       67_4
Research with faculty       67_5
Residence advisor       67_6
Summer employment or part-time job in major       67_7
Helpfulness of work-related experience in securing current employment       68
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Post-graduation plans fy05 soph06 gss06 alum06
Post-graduation employment 33      
Plans following graduation     50  
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Post-Baccalaureate Education

  fy05 soph06 gss06 alum06
Graduate/Professional school status       46
Current graduate/professional school enrollment status       47
Graduate/Professional institution name       48a
Graduate/Professional institution location       48b
Graduate/Professional academic program/discipline       48c
Graduate/Professional degree(s) completed       48d
Graduate/Professional degree(s) sought/seeking       48e
Preparation for graduate/professional school       49
Scholarships/honors/awards/assistantships received in graduate/professional school       50
Interest in graduate/professional (among those who are not currently enrolled/have not completed)       51
Participation in continuing education/professional development/lifelong education classes/workshops/seminars       52
Impact of continuing education/professional development/lifelong education on professional career       53
Impact of continuing education/professional development/lifelong education on personal goals/life enrichment       54
Continuing education/professional development/lifelong education through NC State's McKimmon Center       55
Likelihood of enrolling in continuing education/professional development/lifelong education within next five years       56
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Post-Baccalaureate Employment

  fy05 soph06 gss06 alum06
Primary activity during year after graduation       57
Time to first full-time job       58
Relationship of first full-time job to academic major       59
Preparation for first full-time job       60
Salary at first full-time job       61
Instrumental in finding/getting first job: On-campus interviewing       62_1
Instrumental in finding/getting first job: Employer found resume via NC State career services database       62_2
Instrumental in finding/getting first job: Applied for job via NC State University career services job listing       62_3
Instrumental in finding/getting first job: NC State co-op experience       62_4
Instrumental in finding/getting first job: Internship       62_5
Instrumental in finding/getting first job: Career Fair       62_6
Instrumental in finding/getting first job: Faculty member or job listing found in an NC State department       62_7
Instrumental in finding/getting first job: NC State Alumni Association Career Services       62_8
Instrumental in finding/getting first job: Family/friends/classmates/co-workers       62_9
Instrumental in finding/getting first job: Professional society       62_10
Instrumental in finding/getting first job: Internet       62_11
Instrumental in finding/getting first job: Third party recruiter or executive search firm       62_12
Instrumental in finding/getting first job: Other       62_13
Current employment status       63
Employer       64a
Type of work (current)       64b
Current work location       64c
Current occupation       64d
Salary at current job       64e
Relationship of current position to academic major       65
Preparation for current position       66
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Overall Satisfaction

  fy05 soph06 gss06 alum06
Intellectual environment on campus   47 45  
Would still choose to attend NC State   53 48a 75a
Would still choose same major     48b 75b
Would recommend NC State to a friend     47 74
Ever consider withdrawal/transfer from NCSU   50 39  
NC State meeting intellectual growth needs   54a 44a  
NC State meeting career training needs   54b 44b  
NC State meeting personal growth needs   54c 44c  
Classes too large for learning   19    
Classes with difficulty understanding instructor's English   20    
Quality of instruction in major     46a  
Overall quality of instruction   48 46b  
Overall education at NC State   49 46c 73
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Alumni Services

  fy05 soph06 gss06 alum06
Member of the NC State Alumni Association       70
Valuation of Alumni Services: Alumni seminars/short courses       71a
Valuation of Alumni Services: Career Planning and Placement assistance       71b
Valuation of Alumni Services: Alumni Magazine       71c
Valuation of Alumni Services: Hearing about NC State events in your area       71d
Valuation of Alumni Services: NC State reunions       71e
Valuation of Alumni Services: Being kept informed about the NC State community       71f
Valuation of Alumni Services: Online directory of NC State Alumni       71g
Other services/activites NC State Alumni Association whould provide       72
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For more information on NC State Student Surveys contact:
Dr. Nancy Whelchel, Associate Director for Survey Research
Office of Institutional Planning and Research
Box 7002
Phone: (919) 515-4184

Posted: January, 2007
Updated: May 2010

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