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Academic Year 2009-2010 Student Surveys:
Summary of Question Items

Information on Table Layout:

-fy09 = Fall 2009 First Year Student Survey
-soph10 = Spring 2010 Sophomore Student Survey
-gss10 = Academic Year 2009-2010 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 Campus Safety
Paying for College Campus Climate
Preparation for College Educational Intent and Interests
Knowledge, Skills, and Personal Development Overall Satisfaction
Faculty Contributions

Background Characteristics

  fy09 soph10 gss10
Father/Male guardian level of education G2a    
Mother/Female guardian level of education G2b    
Parent/Guardian's Income G6    
Number in household G7    
Number of parent/guardian's dependents in college G8    
Area lived in during high school G3    
Religious preference E6    
Self-identify as a member of the GLB (gay, lesbian, bisexual) community G4    
Self-identify as a member of the transgender community G5    
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Technical Capabilities fy09 soph10 gss10
Computer for your personal use at NC State F1    
Frequency access the internet via handheld mobile device F2a    
Frequency check email via handheld mobile device F2b    
Frequency send/receive text messages via handheld mobile device F2c    
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Applying to NC State

Admissions Process: fy09 soph10 gss10
Number of colleges applied to A1    
NC State as first choice A6    
Satisfaction with university admissions process A7a    
Satisfaction with departmental admissions process A7b    
Contact during admissions: Call from faculty or staff A2a    
Contact during admissions: Call from student A2b    
Contact during admissions: Call from graduate A2c    
Contact during admissions: Letter from outside Admissions A3    

Factors influencing decision to attend: fy09 soph10 gss10
Academic reputation A4a    
Cost A4b    
Location A4c    
Size A4d    
Availability of program A4e    
Recommended A4f    
Number of hours transferred A4g    
Level of support for intended major A4h    
Facilities and resources A4i    
Scholarships/financial aid A4j    
Pack Promise Program A4k    
Campus visit A4l    
Contact with current student A4m    
Contact with faculty or staff A4n    
Contact with a graduate A4o    
Letter from someone other than Admissions A4p    
Attendance at a College Fair A4q    
Publications from NC State A4r    
Extracurricular opportunities A4s    
FYC A4t    
Campus Recreation programs A4u    
Carmichael Complex Recreational facilities A4v    
Other A4w    
Most influential factor in decision to attend A5    
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Paying for College

  fy09 soph10 gss10
Source to cover educational expenses: Family resources B1a    
Source to cover educational expenses: Personal resources B1b    
Source to cover educational expenses: Aid that does not need to be repaid B1b    
Source to cover educational expenses: Aid that must be repaid B1d    
Source to cover educational expenses: Other than above B1e    
Submit a FAFSA B2    

  fy09 soph10 gss10
Received financial aid   C4 17
Satisfaction with financial aid package   C5 18
Rate customer service skills: Reception staff   C6a 19a
Rate customer service skills: Phone staff   C6b 19b
Rate customer service skills: Advisor staff   C6c 19c
Receiving academic/merit scholarship/grant B3a    
Receiving need-based scholarship/grant B3b    
Receiving federal or state loans B3c    
Receiving athletic aid B3d    
Receiving veterans/ROTC/private scholarship/grant B3e    
Receiving private loan B3f    
Receiving other financial aid B3g    
Not receiving financial aid B3h    
Satisfaction with university financial aid process B4    
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Preparation for College

  fy09 soph10 gss10
Preparation by high school C1a    
Preparation by self C1b    
Participation in E4_2    
Participation in E4_3    
Participation in E4_4    
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Knowledge, Skills, and Personal Development

General Education fy09 soph10 gss10
Acquiring a broad general education      
Writing skills C4_1 F1_1 20_1
Speaking skills C4_2 F1_2 20_2
Listening skills C4_3 F1_3 20_3
Comprehension skills C4_4 F1_4 20_4
Using mathematics skills C4_5 F1_5 20_5
Understanding how science and technology influence life C4_6 F1_11 20_11
Applying scientific methods C4_7 F1_6 20_6
Enhancing analytic skills   F1_9 20_9
Computer skills C4_8 F1_10 20_10
Logical reasoning skills C4_9 F1_7 20_7
Ability to adapt to changing technologies C4_10 F1_14 20_14
Ability to critically analyze ideas/ information C4_11 F1_15 20_15
Using books/journals/or articles from library/internet for a research paper/project C4_12 F1_12 20_12
Problem-solving skills C4_13 F1_8 20_8
Ability to plan and carry out projects independently C4_14 F1_16 20_16
Understanding diverse cultures and values C4_15 F1_17 20_17
Personal Development fy09 soph10 gss10
Taking responsibility for my own behavior   F2_7 21_7
Viewing learning as a lifelong process   F2_5 21_5
Recognizing and acting upon ethical principles C4_16 F2_3 21_3
Ability to lead or guide others C4_17 F2_1 21_1
Ability to function as part of a team C4_18 F2_2 21_2
Ability to organize the steps to successfully complete a group project C4_19 F1_13 20_13
Taking the initiative to make improvements in the work I do C4_20    
Exercising public responsibility and community service C4_21 F2_4 21_4
Maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle C4_22 F2_6 21_6
Personal growth C4_23 F2_14 21_14
Self-confidence C4_24 F2_8 21_8
Ability to handle stress C4_25 F2_13 21_13
Time management C4_26 F2_15 21_15
Self-discipline C4_27 F2_16 21_16
Realizing my potential for success   F2_11 21_11
Sense of personal identity   F2_9 21_9
Coping with change   F2_12 21_12
Being independent and self-reliant   F2_10 21_10
World View fy09 soph10 gss10
Understanding issues and problems facing the world C4_28 F3_7 22_6
Being able to interact and work with people from diverse backgrounds C4_29 F3_2 22_2
Developing a tolerance for divergent views C4_30 F3_1 22_1
Appreciating gender equity C4_31 F3_5 22_4
Appreciating racial equity C4_32 F3_4 22_3
Appreciating differences in sexual orientation   F3_6 22_5
Understanding the present as it relates to history C4_33 F3_8 22_7
Appreciating the arts C4_34 F1_18 20_18
Appreciating the humanities   F1_19 20_19
Applying social science methods to understand human behavior   F1_20 20_20
Understanding the commonality of human problems through a global perspective   F1_9 22_8
Understanding the concepts of environmental sustainability   F1_10  
Understanding the potential impacts of climate change   F1_11  
First Year: Rate 1) current level of development; and 2) importance. Sophomore and Senior: Rate NC State contribution to development.
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Faculty Contributions

  fy09 soph10 gss10
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
Satisfaction with instructors: Their ability to motivate me to do my best   A1a  
Satisfaction with instructors: How carefully they explain the expectations of student performance in the course   A1b  
Satisfaction with instructors: How well they explain course material   A1c  
Satisfaction with instructors: The extent to which they encourage class discussion   A1d  
Satisfaction with instructors: How effectively they use instructional technology in teaching and learning activities   A1e  
Satisfaction with instructors: How quickly they provide feedback on my work   A1f  
Satisfaction with instructors: The helpfulness of their feedback on my work   A1g  
Satisfaction with instructors: Respecting the diverse talents and ways of learning of you and your classmates   A1h  
Satisfaction with instructors: Overall quality of instruction   A1i  
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Faculty-Student Mentoring Experiences and Contribution to Growth fy09 soph10 gss10
Worked on independent study project with faculty member   A2a 28a
Worked on research project with faculty member   A2b 28b
Worked on extension/public service project with faculty member   A2c 28c
Assisted in teaching class/lab under guidance of faculty member   A2d 28d
Met with faculty member who provided academic guidance   A2e 28e
Met with facluty member who provided professional guidance   A2f 28f
Met with faculty member who provided non-academic guidance   A2g 28g
Worked on campus activities with faculty member   A2h 28h
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  fy09 soph10 gss10
I consider what I have been learning in my classes valuable   A3a  
Experiences at NC State have stimulated interest in an intended field of study   A3b  
I am able to freely explore academic interests at NC State   A3c  
Students at NC State are encouraged to ask questions   A3d  
Students at NC State are given meaningful answers to the questions they ask   A3e  
At NC State, students are invited to share their ideas and knowledge   A3f  
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Services for Students

Academic Advising fy09 soph10 gss10
Primary source for academic advising during your sophomore year   A7  
Accessibility of my primary advisor   A8a  
Amount of time I am given during advising sessions   A8b  
Advisor’s concern with my academic success   A8c  
Advisor keeping me informed about my academic progress   A8d  
Advisor’s knowledge about university rules and procedures   A8e  
Advisor providing me with the information I need about academic courses and programs   A8f  
Advisor’s knowledge about the requirements for my current major or major of interest   A8g  
Advisor’s knowledge about general education and other degree requirements   A8h  
Advisor knowing whom to contact to help me with non-academic problems   A8i  
Advisor’s encouragement of participation in educational enrichment opportunities   A8j  
Advisor’s knowledge about post-graduation educational options   A8k  
Advisor’s knowledge about post-graduation employment options   A8l  
Virtual Advising Center Website A8 A9  
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Academic advising fy09 soph10 gss10
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
Academic assistance/tutoring fy09 soph10 gss10
Writing   B1a1  
Reading   B1a2  
Mathematics   B1a3  
Science   B1a4  
Foreign language   B1a5  
Study skills   B1a6  
Availability of academic assistance or tutoring services on campus   B1b  
Research support fy09 soph10 gss10
Access to faculty involved in research     12a
Access to up-to-date facilities   B2b 12b
Opportunities to do undergraduate research (soph, "Opportunities to be actively involved with faculty on their research")   B2a 12c
Research support overall     12d
Library services fy09 soph10 gss10
Library hours of operation   B3g 14a
Staff responsiveness (soph, "Helpfulness of staff")   B3a 14b
Access to databases and collections (soph, "Access to online library resources")  


Training to use library   B3d 14d
Availability of information/material I need for my class assignments   B3e  
Space for individual student work   B3b  
Space for group work   B3c  
Library services overall     14e
Technology fy09 soph10 gss10
Access to the Internet     13a
Hours of operation for computer center labs and help   B5c 13b
Access to up-to-date facilities (soph, "Availability of equipment and software in university computer labs to meet needs")   B5d 13c
Access to trained staff for help     13d
Technology training classes (soph, "Training on the technology that I am required to use in my courses")   B5a 13e
Assistance from the helpdesk in solving my technology problems   B5b  
Availability of wireless access on campus   B5e  
Online course management system(s) used in my classes   B5f  
Effectiveness of information technology in improving my learning experience   B5g  
Technology services overall     13f
Career-related services fy09 soph10 gss10
Opportunity for career assistance     15a
Information on internships/co-op/other   B4b 15b
Resources to explore career options     15c
Information available through computers/Internet     15d
Helfpfulness of staff   B4a  
Availability of career resources online   B4e  
Career-related services overall     15e
Employment search assistance fy09 soph10 gss10
Resume preparation     16a
Interview preparation and skills   B4d 16b
Access to employment opportunities   B4c 16c
Employment search assistance overall     16d
NC State bookstores fy09 soph10 gss10
Bookstore services & products   B6a  
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Non-Academic Student Services fy09 soph10 gss10
Financial aid services: application/award process   C1a 10_6
Financial aid services: disbursement process   C1b 10_7
Business services/cashier/student accounts   C1c 10_11
Registration process (soph, "Registrar's Office")   C1d 10_5
Campus bookstore   C1e 10_4
Campus health services   C1f 10_9
Campus counseling (not career) services   C1g 10_10
Campus residence life programs (soph, "Housing and Residence Life")   C1h 10_12
Campus food services (soph, "Dining services")   C1j 10_8
On-campus shuttle/transportation services   C1k  
Personal safety on campus (soph, "Campus Police Department")   C1l 10_1
Parking   C1m  
Opportunities to participate in recreation/extra- and co-curricular activities (soph, "Campus recreation")   C1i 10_13
Opportunities to participate in community service projects     10_14
Opportunities to develop leadership skills     10_15
College/departmental placement assistance     10_3
University Career Center     10_2
Note: Evaluations of both the service area and staff responsiveness, where applicable.
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  fy09 soph10 gss10
Satisfaction with online service: Billing system   C3a  
Satisfaction with online service: Financial aid   C3b  
Satisfaction with online service: Course registration system   C3c  

New Student Orientation fy09 soph10 gss10
Advising session(s) at NSO helped plan fall schedule D1    
Info/advice from my college/department prior to attending NSO helped plan fall schedule D1b    
Satisfied with the attention I received during college/department advising period D2    
Usefulness of NSO info: How academic advising works D3a    
Usefulness of NSO info: Academic requirements D3b    
Usefulness of NSO info: Resources to help you get involved on campus D3c    
Usefulness of NSO info: Safety and security on campus D3d    
Usefulness of NSO info: Technology resources on campus D3e    
Usefulness of NSO info: How to use MyPack Portal to register for classes D3f    
Usefulness of NSO info: Interacting with faculty and staff at NC State D3g    
NSO made clear the university's expectation for students to act with respect/civility D4    
Information received during NSO helped me feel better prepared to start my first semester at NC State D5    
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Campus Safety

  fy09 soph10 gss10
In campus residence halls during the day/early evening   D1a  
In campus residence halls at night   D1b  
Using the parking lots, garages and/or decks on campus during the day/early evening   D1c  
Using the parking lots, garages, and/or decks on campus at night   D1d  
In non-residence buildings on campus during the day/early evening   D1e  
In non-residence buildings on campus at night   D1f  
Outside on the grounds of the campus during the day/early evening   D1g  
Outside on the grounds of the campus at night   D1h  
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  fy09 soph10 gss10
Satisfaction with availability of public information about crimes on campus   D2a  
Satisfaction with availability of information about crime prevention and safety on campus   D2b  
Know how to report suspicious/threatening behavior   D3  
Likelihood of reporting suspicious/threatening behavior   D4  
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Campus Climate

  fy09 soph10 gss10
Campus support for women   G3_1 23_1
Campus support for men   G3_2 23_2
Campus support for African Americans   G3_3 23_3
Campus support for other racial/ethnic minorities   G3_4 23_4
Campus support for international students   G3_5 23_5
Campus support for students with disabilities   G3_6 23_6
Campus support for gay, lesbian, and bisexual students (soph, "Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students")   G3_7 23_7
Transgender students     23_8
NC State committed to helping minority students succeed   G4a 24
NC State leadership fosters diversity on campus   G4b 25
Importance of a sense of belonging at NC State   G1  
Experience a sense of belonging at NC State   G2  
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Educational Intent and Interests

  fy09 soph10 gss10
Certainty of major C3    
Highest level of education planned G1    
Reasons for less than 15 hrs. first semester      
Primary goal/objective for attending NC State C2   37
Extent accomplished goal/objective     38
Taken longer than 4 yrs to graduate     39
Reason for taking longer to graduate: Wanted to/advised to take lighter courseload     40_1
Reason for taking longer to graduate: Couldn't get classes needed     40_2
Reason for taking longer to graduate: Changed majors     40_3
Reason for taking longer to graduate: Lost credit when transferred     40_4
Reason for taking longer to graduate: Co-op/intern/practicum/teach/etc.     40_5
Reason for taking longer to graduate: Financial reasons     40_6
Reason for taking longer to graduate: Part-time for personal reasons     40_7
Reason for taking longer to graduate: Took a semester off     40_8
Reason for taking longer to graduate: Graduating with more than one major/minor     40_9
Reason for taking longer to graduate: Study Abroad participation     38_10
Reason for taking longer to graduate: Time spent working for pay     40_11
Reason for taking longer to graduate: Other     40_12
If off-campus degree program, likelihood of obtaining degree on UNC campus     48
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Employment while at NC State fy09 soph10 gss10
First year employment plans G9    
Academic year employment     33
Hours worked per week on-campus   E4a 35a
Hours worked per week off-campus   E4b 35b
On-campus job related to academic major/ by choice   E6a 34a
Off-campus job related to academic major/ by choice   E6b 34b
Effect of job on school work   E5  
Cooperative Education Program participation     29_1
Internship participation     29_2
Practicum participation     29_3
Student Teaching experience     29_4
Research with faculty experience     29_5
Residence Advisor experience     29_6
Summer employment or part-time job in major     29_7
Co-op/internship/practicum/field experience in major     30
Field exp. contribution to personal/prof. growth     31
Job offer from employer at field exp.     32
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Interests and Involvement fy09 soph10 gss10
Student Government E1_1 E1_11 26_12
Student Judicial Board E1_2    
Residence Hall Councils E1_3 E1_7 26_8
Student Leadership Development Program E1_4    
Co-op (Cooperative Education) program E1_5    
Study Abroad/National Student Exchange E1_6    
Volunteer Services E1_7    
ROTC E1_8 E1_8 26_9
Club Sports E1_9    
Fitness/Wellness E1_10    
Indoor Open Recreation E1_11    
Intramurals E1_12 E1_2  
Service Groups   E1_9 26_10
Intramural/Recreational sports, Club Teams     26_3
Outdoor Adventures E1_13    
Social Fraternity/Sorority E1_14 E1_10 26_11
Student Media/Publications E1_15 E1_12 26_13
Union Activities Board programs/activities E1_16 E1_13 26_14
Multicultural/Diversity programs/activities E1_17    
Gender issues E1_18    
GLBT programs/activities E1_19    
Healthy lifestyle issues E1_20    
Planning programs and services for children and families E1_21    
The Crafts Center programs/classes E1_22    
Attending art exhibitions E1_24    
Theater participation as artist E1_25    
Theater participation as audience E1_26    
Student Dance Companies E1_27    
Pre-Law services/planning E1_28    
Organizations/Clubs related to your major E1_29 E1_4 26_5
Union Activities Board groups, Student Media      
Visual/performing Arts/Music groups   E1_17 26_18
Academic scholarship program   E1_1 26_1
Varsity Athletic Teams   E1_16 26_17
Minority student groups   E1_3 26_4
Religious groups   E1_6 26_7
Political/Issue groups   E1_5 26_6
University Honors Program   E1_14 26_15
University Scholars Program   E1_15 26_16
AEGIS     26_2
Musical Instruments Played E2    
Participation in choral group E3    
Note: First Year: Interest in activity; Sophomore and Senior: Involvement in activity.
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Interest in Campus Religious Organizations fy09 soph10 gss10
Alpha Omega E5_1    
Anno Domini E5_2    
Bridges International E5_3    
Brooks Campus Ministry E5_4    
Campus Christian Fellowship E5_5    
Campus Crusade for Christ E5_6    
Campus Outreach Raleigh E5_7    
Charisma Campus Ministry E5_8    
Christians on Campus E5_9    
East Triangle Church Campus Ministry E5_10    
Grace Mission Ministries Manna E5_11    
Greek Impact E5_12    
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship E5_13    
Islam and Dialogue Student Association E5_14    
Life Changers College Ministry E5_15    
Providence College Ministry E5_16    
Self Knowledge Symposium E5_17    
The Lord’s Generation E5_18    
The Navigators E5_19    
Uninhibited Praise E5_20    
United Student Fellowship Christian Ministry E5_21    
University Bible Fellowship E5_22    
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Attended while at NC State: fy09 soph10 gss10
Music Department concert(s)     27_1
Center Stage performance(s)     27_2
University Theatre performance(s)     27_3
Dance Program concert(s)     27_4
Crafts Center exhibit(s)     27_5
Gregg Museum of Art and Design     27_6
Other performances     27_7
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Attend during thetypical year: fy09 soph10 gss10
Workshops, seminars, speakers, etc. outside of class   E2_1  
University sponsored art events   E2_2  
Multicultural/diversity events/programs   E2_3  
Community service/volunteer work   E2_4  
Intramural activities   E2_5  
Co-curricular activities   E2_6  
Intercollegiate athletic events   E2_7  
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  fy09 soph10 gss10
Satisfaction with: Weekend activities on campus for students   E3_1  
Satisfaction with: The ease with which I can get involved in campus organizations   E3_2  
Satisfaction with: Opportunities on campus to interact with or learn from people from a range of racial/ethnic or cultural backgrounds   E3_3  
Satisfaction with: Opportunities on campus to develop leadership skills   E3_4  
Satisfaction with: Opportunities for community service/volunteer work   E3_5  
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Post-graduation plans fy09 soph10 gss10
Post-graduation employment G10    
Plans following graduation     49
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Overall Satisfaction

  fy09 soph10 gss10
Plans to complete degree      
Ever consider withdrawal/transfer from NCSU   H2 41
NC State meeting intellectual growth needs     43a
NC State meeting career training needs     43b
NC State meeting personal growth needs     43c
Classes too large for learning   A5  
Classes with difficulty understanding instructor's English   A6  
Intellectual environment on campus   A4 44
Would still choose to attend NC State   H1b 47a
Would still choose same major     47b
Would recommend this institution to a friend     46
Confident that I made the right decision to attend NC State   H1a  
Academically prepared to attend NC State   H1c  
Belong at NC State   H1d  
Financial resources needed to finish college   H1e  
Overall quality of instruction     45b
Quality of instruction in major     45a
Overall education at NC State     45c
Current educational plans   H3  
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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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