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Academic Year 2006-2007 Student Surveys:
Summary of Question Items

Information on Table Layout:

-fy06 = Fall 2006 First Year Student Survey
-gss07 = Academic Year 2006-2007 Graduating Senior 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 Services for Students
Applying to NC State Teaching and Learning Technologies
Paying for College Campus Climate
Preparation for College Educational Intent and Interests
Knowledge, Skills, and Personal Development Overall Satisfaction
Faculty Contributions

Background Characteristics

  fy06 gss07
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: fy06 gss07
Number of colleges applied to 1  
Satisfaction with university admissions process 7  
Satisfaction with 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: fy06 gss07
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

  fy06 gss07
Satisfaction with university financial aid process 9  
Receiving financial aid 26 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   18
Satisfaction with financial aid reception staff   19a
Satisfaction with financial aid phone staff   19b
Satisfaction with financial aid advisor staff   19c
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Preparation for College

  fy06 gss07
Preparation by high school 10  
Preparation by self 11  
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Knowledge, Skills, and Personal Development

General Education fy06 gss07
Acquiring a broad general education 18_1  
Writing skills (fy06, "Ability to communicate ideas in writing ") 18_2 20_1
Speaking skills (fy06, "Ability to communicate ideas orally") 18_3 20_2
Listening skills 18_4 20_3
Comprehension skills 18_5 20_4
Ability to apply mathematical skills 18_6 20_5
Understanding how science and technology influence life 18_7 20_9
Ability to apply scientific principles 18_8 20_6
Enhancing analytic skills   20_7
Developing computer skills 18_9 20_8
Using books, journals, and/or articles from the library/internet etc. for a research paper/project   20_10
Ability to adapt to changing technologies   20_11
Ability to critically analyze events, information and ideas 18_10 20_12
Ability to plan and carry out projects independently 18_11 20_13
Using knowledge to solve problems overall    
Understanding diverse cultures and values 18_12 20_14
Personal Development fy06 gss07
Taking responsibility for my own behavior 18_13 20_28
Viewing learning as a lifelong process 18_14 20_26
Recognizing and acting upon ethical principles 18_15 20_24
Leadership skills (fy06, "Leadership and management skills) 18_16  
Ability to function as part of a team 18_17 20_23
Ability to lead or guide others   20_22
Exercising public responsibility and community service (fy06, "Being involved with public/community affairs") 18_18 20_25
Understanding my own abilities and interests 18_19  
Commitment to personal health and fitness 18_20 20_27
Having self-confidence 18_21 20_29
Realizing my potential for success 18_22 20_32
Sense of personal identity 18_23 20_30
Coping with change 18_24 20_33
Being independent and self-reliant 18_25 20_31
Ability to handle stress 18_26 20_34
Personal growth   20_35
Time management 18_27 20_36
Self-discipline 18_28 20_37
World View fy06 gss07
Understanding issues and problems facing the world 18_29 20_19
Understanding the present as it relates to history 18_30 20_20
Being able to interact and work with people from diverse backgrounds 18_31 20_21
Advancing appreciation of the arts 18_32 20_18
Developing a tolerance for divergent views 18_33 20_15
Valuing gender equity 18_34 20_17
Valuing racial equity 18_35 20_16
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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Faculty Contributions

  fy06 gss07
Faculty Contributions: Set high expectations for you to learn   1
Faculty Contributions: Respect the diverse talents and ways of learning   2
Faculty Contributions: Encourage active learning   3
Faculty Contributions: Encourage student-faculty interaction   4
Faculty Contributions: Frequent and Prompt feedback   5
Faculty Contributions: Encourage sufficient time and energy to coursework   6
Faculty Contributions: Develop opportunities to learn cooperatively   7
Faculty Contributions: Care about your academic success and welfare   8
Faculty Contributions: General evaluation of instructors   9
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Services for Students

Academic advising fy06 gss07
Access to advisor   11a
Sufficient time with advisor   11b
Accurate info on req/course sequencing   11c
Advisor knowledge of policies/procedures   11d
Academic advising services overall   11e
Virtual Advising Center Website 4  
Research support fy06 gss07
Access to faculty involved in research   12a
Access to up-to-date facilities   12b
Opportunities to do undergraduate research/creative projects   12c
Research support overall   12d
Library services fy06 gss07
Library hours of operation   14a
Staff responsiveness   14b
Access to databases and collections   14c
Training to use library   14d
Library services overall   14e
Technology fy06 gss07
Access to the Internet   13a
Hours of op for computer center labs and help   13b
Access to up-to-date facilities   13c
Access to trained staff for help   13d
Technology training classes   13e
Technology services overall   13f
Career-related services fy06 gss07
Opportunity for career assistance   15a
Information on internships/co-op/other   15b
Resources to explore career options   15c
Info available through computers/Internet   15d
Career-related services overall   15e
Employment search assistance fy06 gss07
Resume preparation   16a
Interview preparation and skills   16b
Access to employment opportunities   16c
Employment search assistance overall   16d
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Non-Academic Student Services fy06 gss07
Personal safety   10_1
University Career Center   10_2
College/departmental placement assistance   10_3
Bookstore services and products   10_4
Registration process   10_5
Financial aid services: application/award process   10_6
Financial aid services: disbursement process   10_7
Campus food services   10_8
Campus health services   10_9
Campus counseling (not career) services   10_10
Business services/cashier/student accounts   10_11
Campus residence life programs   10_12
Opportunities to participate in extra-curricular activities   10_13
Opportunities to participate in community service projects   10_14
Opportunities to develop leadership skills   10_15
Note: 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) fy06 gss07*
Static e-presentation   41n_1, 41e_1
Non-static e-presentation   41n_2, 41e_2
Instructor demos of Web materials   41n_3, 41e_3
Computerized exams/quizzes   41n_4, 41e_4
Course specific software   41n_5, 41e_5
E-feedback to instructor during class   41n_6, 41e_6

Technology used OUTSIDE classroom or lab (for course) fy06 gss07*
Learning Management Systems   42n_1, 42e_1
E-communication among students   42n_2, 42e_2
E-communication with instructor   42n_3, 42e_3
E-submission of work   42n_4, 42e_4
Work to be prepared with word processor, spreadsheet, etc.   42n_5, 42e_5
Digital content resources   42n_6, 42e_6
Course-specific software   42n_7, 42e_7

Extent to which all technologies have helped: fy06 gss07*
Answer questions in field of study   43a
Solve problems in field of study   43b
Use research methods to gain knowledge   43c
Use info available from sources (books, journals)   43d
Use skills/technologies of field to complete major assignment   43e
*Refers to courses during junior and senior years
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Campus Climate

  fy06 gss07
Campus support for women   21_1
Campus support for men   21_2
Campus support for African Americans   21_3
Campus support for other ethnic minorities   21_4
Campus support for international students   21_5
Campus support for students with disabilities   21_6
Campus support for gay and lesbian students   21_7
NC State committed to helping minority students succeed   22
NC State leadership fosters diversity on campus   23
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Educational Intent and Interests

  fy06 gss07
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    
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 fy06 gss07
First semester employment 32  
Academic year employment   31
Hours worked per week on-campus   33a
Hours worked per week off-campus   33b
On-campus job related to academic major   32a
Off-campus job related to academic major   32b
Co-op/internship/practicum/field experience in major   28
Field exp. contribution to personal/prof. growth   29
Job offer from employer at field exp.   30
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Interests and Involvement fy06 gss07
Academic scholarship program   24_1
Intramural/Recreational sports, Club Teams   24_2
Honor/Service/professional fraternity/sorority   24_3
Organizations/Clubs related to your major   24_4
Political/Issue groups   24_5
Religious groups   24_6
Residence Hall Councils 22_3 24_7
ROTC 22_8 24_8
Service groups   24_9
Social Fraternity/Sorority 22_14 24_10
Student Government 22_1 24_11
Student Publications/Media 22_15 24_12
Union Activities Board groups   24_13
University Honors Program   24_14
University Scholars Program   24_15
Varsity Athletic Teams   24_16
Visual/performing Arts/Music groups   24_17
Volunteer Services 22_7  
Co-op (Cooperative Education) program 22_5  
Student Leadership Development Program 22_4  
Music 22_22  
Fitness/Wellness 22_10  
Indoor Recreation 22_11  
Intramurals 22_12  
Club Sports 22_9  
Outdoor Adventures 22_13  
Healthy lifestyle issues 22_19  
Student Dance Companies 22_26  
Study Abroad/National Student Exchange 22_6  
Union Activities Board programs/activities 22_16  
The Crafts Center programs/classes 22_21  
Theater participation as audience 22_25  
Theater participation as artist 22_24  
Attending art exhibitions 22_23  
Planning programs and services for children and families 22_20  
Gender issues 22_18  
Multicultural/Diversity programs/activities 22_17  
Pre-Law services/planning 22_27  
Musical Instruments Played 19  
Participate in choral group 20  
Note: First Year: Interest in activity; Senior: Involvement in activity

Attended while at NC State: fy06 gss07
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
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Faculty-Student Mentoring Experiences fy06 gss07
Independent study project with a faculty member   26a
Research project with a faculty member outside of course or program requirements   26b
Extension or public service project with a faculty memeber outside of course or program requirements   26c
Assisted in teaching a class or lab under the guidance of a faculty member   26d
Regularly met with a faculty member who provided academic guidance   26e
Regularly met with a faculty member who provided professional guidance and/or support   26f
Regularly met with a faculty member who provided guidance on non-academic issues/responsibilities   26g
Regularly met with a faculty member who provided guidance on non-academic issues/responsibilities   26h
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Work-related experiences fy06 gss07
Practicum   27_3
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Post-graduation plans fy06 gss07
Post-graduation employment 33  
Plans following graduation   50
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Overall Satisfaction

  fy06 gss07
Intellectual environment on campus   45
Would still choose to attend NC State   48a
Would still choose same major   48b
Would recommend NC State to a friend   47
Ever consider withdrawal/transfer from NCSU   39
NC State meeting intellectual growth needs   44a
NC State meeting career training needs   44b
NC State meeting personal growth needs   44c
Quality of instruction in major   46a
Overall quality of instruction   46b
Overall education at NC State   46c
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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: May, 2010

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