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Summary of Question Items

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Employment While at NC State Quality of Instruction
Interests and Involvement Knowledge, Skills, and Personal Development and Goals
Campus Climate Educational Experience Overall
Campus Safety Academic Support Services
Learning with Technology Non-Academic Student Services
Faculty-Student Mentoring Experiences

Employment While at NC State 2010 2008 2006 2004 2002 2000 1999 1998
Hours worked per week E4a, E4b 45a, 45b 45a, 45b G4 G2 G2 G2  
Employed on or off campus this academic year   43 43 G2        
Job related to academic major E6a, E6b 44a, 44b 44a, 44b G3 G3 G3 G3  
Job not related to major by choice E6a, E6b 44a, 44b   G3 G4 G4 G4  
Job affects school work E5              
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Interests and Involvement 2010 2008 2006 2004 2002 2000 1999 1998
Involvement in:                
     Student Government E1_11 41_11 41_11 G1h G1h G1h G1h  
     Social fraternity/sorority E1_10 41_10 41_10 G1e G1e G1e G1e  
     Student judicial board       G1i G1i G1i G1i  
     Intramural/recreational sports, club teams E1_2 41_2 41_2 G1f G1f G1f G1f  
     Student media/publications E1_12 41_12 41_12          
     Union Activities Board groups E1_13 41_13 41_13 G1j G1j G1j G1j  
     University Honors program E1_14 41_14 41_14          
     University Scholars program E1_15 41_15 41_15          
     Residence hall councils E1_7 41_7 41_7 G1d G1d G1d G1d  
     ROTC E1_8 41_8 41_8          
     Visual/performing arts/music groups E1_17 41_17 41_17 G1k G1k G1k G1k  
     Academic group       G1a G1a G1a G1a  
     Academic scholarship program E1_1 41_1 41_1          
     Organizations/clubs related to your major E1_4 41_4 41_4 G1b G1b G1b G1b  
     Honor/service/professional fraternity/sorority       G1c G1c G1c G1c  
     Varsity athletic teams E1_16 41_16 41_16 G1g G1g G1g G1g  
     Minority student groups E1_3 41_3 41_3 G1l G1l G1l G1l  
     Political/Issue groups E1_5 41_5 41_5 G1m G1m G1m G1m  
     Religious groups E1_6 41_6 41_6          
     Service groups E1_9 41_9 41_9          
     Other groups       G1n G1n G1n G1n  
Yearly attendance/participation in:                
     Workshops, seminars, speakers, etc. outside class E2a              
     University-sponsored art events E2b              
     Multicultural/diversity events E2c              
     Community service/volunteer work E2d              
     Intramural activities E2e              
     Co-curricular activities E2f              
     Intercollegiate athletic events E2g              
Satisfaction with weekend activities for students E3a              
Satisfaction with ease of getting involved in student organizations E3b              
Satisfaction with opportunities to interact with diverse others E3c              
Satisfaction with opportunities to develop leadership skills E3d              
Satisfaction with opportunities for community service/volunteer work E3e              
Participated in research w/ NCSU faculty     42b G6        
Evaluate research experience - personal/prof. growth     42b2 G7        
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Campus Climate 2010 2008 2006 2004 2002 2000 1999 1998
Extent of importance of sense of belonging at NC State G1 36 36 F1 F1 F1 F1  
Extent of experience of belonging at NC State G2 37 37 F2 F2 F2 F2  
Campus support for women G3_1 38_1 38_1 F3a F3a F3a    
Campus support for men G3_2 38_2 38_2 F3b F3b F3b    
Campus support for African Americans G3_3 38_3 38_3 F3c F3c F3c    
Campus support for other ethnic minorities G3_4 38_4 38_4 F3d F3d F3d    
Campus support for international students G3_5 38_5 38_5 F3e F3e F3e    
Campus support for students with disabilities G3_6 38_6 38_6 F3f F3f F3f    
Campus support for gay and lesbian students G3_7 38_7 38_7 F3g F3g F3g    
NC State committed to helping minority students succeed G4a 39 39 F4 F4 F4 F3  
NC State leadership fosters diversity on campus G4b 40 40 F5 F5 F5 F6  
People at NC State don't treat each other with enough respect             F4  
There is a lot of racial conflict on campus             F5  
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Campus Safety 2010 2008 2006 2004 2002 2000 1999 1998
Safety in residence halls during the day/early evening D1a              
Safety in residence halls at night D1b              
Safety in parking areas during the day/early evening D1c              
Safety in parking areas at night D1d              
Safety in non-residence buildings during the day/early evening D1e              
Safety in non-residence buildings at night D1f              
Safety outside on campus grounds during the day/early evening D1g              
Safety outside on campus grounds at night D1h              
Satisfaction with availability of public info about crimes on campus D2a              
Satisfaction with info about crime prevention and safety on campus D2b              
Knowledge of how to report suspicious/threatening behavior D3              
Likeliness of reporting suspicious/threatening behavior D4              
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Learning with Technology

Technology inside the classroom 2010 2008 2006 2004 2002 2000 1999 1998
Static e-presentation*   55n_1, 55e_1 55n_1, 55e_1 H4n_1, H4e_1        
Non-static e-presentation*   55n_2, 55e_2 55n_2, 55e_2 H4n_2, H4e_2        
Instructor demos of Web materials*   55n_3, 55e_3 55n_3, 55e_3 H4n_3, H4e_3        
Computerized exams/quizzes*   55n_4, 55e_4 55n_4, 55e_4 H4n_4, H4e_4        
Course specific software*   55n_5, 55e_5 55n_5, 55e_5 H4n_5, H4e_5        
E-feedback to instructor during class*   55n_6, 55e_6 55n_6, 55e_6 H4n_6, H4e_6        
Technology outside the classroom 2010 2008 2006 2004 2002 2000 1999 1998
Learning management systems (e.g., Wolfware, WebCT)*   56n_1, 56e_1 56n_1, 56e_1 H1        
Electronic communication among students*   56n_2, 56e_2 56n_2, 56e_2          
Electronic communication with instructor*   56n_3, 56e_3 56n_3, 56e_3          
Electronic submission of course work*   56n_4, 56e_4 56n_4, 56e_4          
Electronic preperation of course work*   56n_5, 56e_5 56n_5, 56e_5          
Digital content resources (e.g. online articles, digital images)*   56n_6, 56e_6 56n_6, 56e_6          
Course-specific softwork (e.g. Maple, SAS, ALIAS)*   56n_7, 56e_7 56n_7, 56e_7          
Extent to which technology has contributed to ability to: 2010 2008 2006 2004 2002 2000 1999 1998
Answer questions in field of study   57a 57a          
Solve problems in field of study   57b 57b          
Use methods of research in field to gain new knowledge   57c 57c          
Use information available from books, journals, etc.   57d 57d          
Use skills/technologies of field to complete a major project/assignment   57e 57e          
Reasons for not taking more courses that used LMS: 2010 2008 2006 2004 2002 2000 1999 1998
Don't know about LMS       H2a        
Didn't know how to enroll       H2b        
Needed/wanted courses didn't use LMS       H2c        
Not comfortable using technology       H2d        
Not best way for me to learn       H2e        
LMS courses harder       H2f        
Instructors don't use effectively       H2g        
Reasons for taking courses that used LMS: 2010 2008 2006 2004 2002 2000 1999 1998
Needed/wanted courses used LMS       H3a        
Comfortable using technology       H3b        
Good way for me to learn       H3c        
LMS courses easier       H3d        
Instructors use effectively       H3e        
Easy access to course material       H3f        
*Responses to both the number of courses that used method and effect of method on learning
Note: Learning with Technology questions (Section H) are present on the web version of the survey only.
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Faculty-Student Mentoring Experiences 2010 2008 2006 2004 2002 2000 1999 1998
Worked on independent study project with faculty member A2a1, A2a2 42a, 42a2            
Worked on research project with faculty member A2b1, A2b2 42b, 42b2            
Worked on extension/public service project with faculty member A2c1, A2c2 42c, 42c2            
Assisted in teaching class/lab under guidance of faculty member A2d1, A2d2 42d, 42d2            
Met with faculty member who provided academic guidance A2e1, A2e2 42e, 42e2            
Met with facluty member who provided professional guidance A2f1, A2f2 42f, 42f2            
Met with faculty member who provided non-academic guidance A2g1, A2g2 42g, 42g2            
Worked on campus activities with faculty member A2h1, A2h2 42h, 42h2            
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Quality of Instruction 2010 2008 2006 2004 2002 2000 1999 1998
Faculty contributions:                
     Set high expectations for you to learn   1 1 A1 A1 A1 A1 A1
     Respect the diverse talents and ways of learning A1h 2 2 A2 A2 A2 A2 A2
     Encourage active learning   3 3 A3 A3 A3 A3 A3
     Encourage student-faculty interaction   4 4 A4 A4 A4 A4 A4
     Frequent and prompt feedback   5 5 A5 A5 A5 A5 A5
     Encourage sufficient time and energy to coursework   6 6 A6 A6 A6 A6 A6
     Develop opportunities to learn cooperatively   7 7 A7 A7 A7 A7 A7
     Care about your academic success and welfare   8 8 A8 A8 A8 A8 A8
     General evaluation of instructors   9 9 A9 A9 A9 A9 A9
Instructors' ability to motivate A1a              
Instructor care in explaining student performance expectations A1b              
Satisfaction with how well instructors explain course material A1c              
Extent to which instructors encourage class discussion A1d              
Effectiveness of how instructors use instructional technology A1e              
How quickly instructors provide feedback A1f              
Helpfulness of instructor feedback A1g              
Classes too large to learn effectively A5 19 19 C2 C2 C2 C2 C2
Classes with difficulty understanding instructor's English A6 20 20 C3 C3 C3 C3 C3
Overall quality of instruction A1i 48 48 I2 H2 H2 H2 E2
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NC State Contribution to Knowledge, Skills, and Personal Development

General Education 2010 2008 2006 2004 2002 2000 1999 1998
Writing skills F1_1 21_1 21_1 D1 D1 D1 D1  
Speaking skills F1_2 21_2 21_2 D2 D2 D2 D2  
Listening skills F1_3 21_3 21_3 D3 D3 D3 D3  
Comprehension skills F1_4 21_4 21_4 D4 D4 D4 D4  
Ability to apply mathematical skills F1_5 21_5 21_5 D5 D5 D5 D5  
Understanding how science and technology influence life F1_11 21_9 21_9 D18 D18 D18 D18  
Ability to use library/internet for research paper/project F1_12 21_10 21_10          
Ability to adapt to changing technologies F1_14 21_11 21_11 D19        
Ability to apply scientific principles F1_6 21_6 21_6 D6 D6 D6 D6  
Enhancing analytic skills F1_9 21_7 21_7 D7 D7 D7 D7  
Developing computer skills F1_10 21_8 21_8 D8 D8 D8 D8  
Ability to critically analyze events, information and ideas F1_15 21_12 21_12 D20 D19 D19 D19  
Ability to plan and carry out projects independently F1_16 21_13 21_13 D24 D23 D23 D23  
Understanding diverse cultures and values F1_17 21_14 21_14 D10 D10 D10 D10  
Logical reasoning skills F1_7              
Problem-solving skills F1_8              
Ability to organize the steps to successfully complete a group project F1_13              
Applying social science methods to understand human behavior F1_20              
Personal Development 2010 2008 2006 2004 2002 2000 1999 1998
Taking responsibility for my own behavior F2_7 21_28 21_28 D27 D26 D26 D26  
Viewing learning as a lifelong process F2_5 21_26 21_26 D25 D24 D24 D24  
Recognizing and acting upon ethical principles F2_3 21_24 21_24 D11 D11 D11 D11  
Leadership skills   21_22 21_22 D22 D21 D21 D21  
Ability to lead or guide others F2_1              
Ability to function as part of a team F2_2 21_23 21_23 D23 D22 D22 D22  
Exercising public responsibility and community service F2_4 21_25 21_25 D12 D12 D12 D12  
Commitment to personal health and fitness F2_6 21_27 21_27 D26 D25 D25 D25  
Having self-confidence F2_8 21_29 21_29 D28 D27 D27 D27  
Realizing my potential for success F2_11 21_32 21_32 D31 D30 D30 D30  
Sense of personal identity F2_9 21_30 21_30 D29 D28 D28 D28  
Coping with change F2_12 21_33 21_33 D32 D31 D31 D31  
Being independent and self-reliant F2_10 21_31 21_31 D30 D29 D29 D29  
Ability to handle stress F2_13 21_34 21_34 D33 D32 D32 D32  
Personal growth F2_14 21_35 21_35 D34 D33 D33 D33  
Time management F2_15 21_36 21_36 D35 D34 D34 D34  
Self-discipline F2_16 21_37 21_37 D36 D35 D35 D35  
World View 2010 2008 2006 2004 2002 2000 1999 1998
Understanding issues and problems facing the world F3_6 21_19 21_19 D16 D16 D16 D16  
Understanding the present as it relates to history F3_7 21_20 21_20 D17 D17 D17 D17  
Being able to interact and work with people from diverse backgrounds F3_2 21_21 21_21 D21 D20 D20 D20  
Advancing your appreciation of the arts F1_18 21_18 21_18 D15 D15 D15 D15  
Ability to appreciate the humanities F1_19              
Developing a tolerance for divergent views F3_1 21_15 21_15 D9 D9 D9 D9  
Valuing gender equity F3_4 21_17 21_17 D14 D14 D14 D14  
Valuing racial equity F3_3 21_16 21_16 D13 D13 D13 D13  
Appreciating differences in sexual orientation F3_5              
Understanding human problems through a global perspective F3_8              
Understanding the concepts of environmental sustainability F3_9              
Understanding the potential impacts of climate change F3_10              
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Educational Experience Overall 2010 2008 2006 2004 2002 2000 1999 1998
Intellectual environment on campus A4 47 47 I1 H1* H1 H1 E1
Plans to complete degree H3 51 51 I5 H4 H4 H4 E4
Would still choose to attend NC State H1b 53 53 I7 H5 H5 H5 E5
Confidence in decision to attend NC State H1a              
Academically prepared to attend NC State H1c              
Belong at NC State H1d              
Ever consider withdrawing/transferring from NCSU H2 50 50 I4        
Financial resources to finish college H1e              
NC State meeting intellectual growth needs   54a 54a I8a H6a H6a H6a  
NC State meeting career training needs   54b 54b I8b H6b H6b H6b  
NC State meeting personal growth needs   54c 54c I8c H6c H6c H6c  
Value of course content A3a              
NC State experiences stimulated interest in intended field of study A3b              
Ability to freely explore academic interests at NC State A3c              
NC State students encouraged to ask questions A3d              
NC State students given meaningful answers to their questions A3e              
NC State students encouraged to share ideas/knowledge A3f              
Overall education receiving at NC State   49 49 I3 H3 H3 H3 E3
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Academic Support Services

New Student Orientation 2010 2008 2006 2004 2002 2000 1999 1998
Length of orientation session   10a 10a B1a B1a B1a B1a B1a
Quality of orientatioin programs   10b 10b B1b B1b B1b B1b B1b
Helpfulness of orientation staff   10c 10c B1c B1c B1c B1c B1c
Orientations accomodations   10d 10d B1d B1d B1d B1d B1d
Overall effectiveness of orientation   10e 10e B1e B1e B1e B1e B1e
Academic Advising 2010 2008 2006 2004 2002 2000 1999 1998
Primary source for academic advising during Sophomore year A7              
Access to advisor A8a 11a 11a B2a B2a B2a B2a B2a
Sufficient time with advisor A8b 11b 11b B2b B2b B2b B2b B2b
Accurate info on req/course sequencing   11c 11c B2c B2c B2c B2c B2c
Advisor knowledge of rules/procedures A8e 11d 11d B2d B2d B2d B2d B2d
Advisor concern with academic success A8c              
Extent to which advisor keeps student informed about academic progress A8d              
Advisor provides info needed about academic courses and programs A8f              
Advisor knowledge about major requirements A8g              
Advisor knowledge about gen ed and other degree requirements A8h              
Advisor knowledge about who to contact with non-academic problems A8i              
Advisor encouragement to participate in educational enrichment opportunities A8j              
Advisor knowledge about post-grad educational options A8k              
Advisor knowledge about post-grad employment options A8l              
Academic advising services overall   11e 11e B2e B2e B2e B2e B2e
Virtual advising center website A9 17 17 B8   B2e B2e B2e
Academic assistance and tutoring 2010 2008 2006 2004 2002 2000 1999 1998
Writing B1a1 12a 12a B3a* B3a* B3a B3a B3a
Reading B1a2 12b 12b B3b* B3b* B3b B3b B3b
Mathematics B1a3 12c 12c B3c* B3c* B3c B3c B3c
Study skills B1a6 12d 12d B3d* B3d* B3d B3d B3d
Foreign language B1a5 12e 12e B3e* B3e*      
Computer science   12f 12f B3f* B3f*      
Science B1a4 12g 12g B3g* B3g*      
Availability of academic assistance or tutoring on campus B1b              
Academic help services overall   12h 12h B3h* B3h* B3e B3e B3e
Research support 2010 2008 2006 2004 2002 2000 1999 1998
Opportunities to be actively involved in faculty research B2a              
Access to up-to-date research facilities B2b              
Library services 2010 2008 2006 2004 2002 2000 1999 1998
Library hours of operation B3g 13a 13a B4a B4a B4a B4a B4a
Helpfulness of staff B3a              
Space for individual student work B3b              
Space for group work B3c              
Access to oneline library resources B3f 13c 13c B4b B4b B4b B4b B4b
Availability of info/material needed for class assignments B3e              
Training to use library B3d 13d 13d B4c B4c B4c B4c B4c
Staff responsiveness   13b 13b          
Library services overall   13e 13e B4d B4d B4d B4d B4d
Information Technology2010 2008 2006 2004 2002 2000 1999 1998
Access to wireless Internet B5e 14a 14a B5a B5a B5a B5a B5a
Hours of operation for computer center labs and help B5c 14b 14b B5b B5b B5b B5b B5b
Access to up-to-date facilities   14c 14c B5c B5c B5c B5c B5c
Availability of needed equipment/software in university labs B5d              
Access to trained staff for help   14d 14d B5d B5d B5d B5d B5d
Assistance from helpdesk B5b              
Technology training classes   14e 14e B5e B5e B5e B5e B5e
Training on technology required for courses B5a              
Online course management systems used in classes B5f              
Effectiveness of information technology in improving learning experience B5g              
Technology services overall   14f 14f B5f B5f B5f B5f B5f
Career-related services 2010 2008 2006 2004 2002 2000 1999 1998
Opportunity for career assistance   15a 15a B6a B6a B6a B6a B6a
Helpfulness of staff B4a              
Information on internships/co-op/other B4b 15b 15b B6b B6b B6b B6b B6b
Resources to explore career options   15c 15c B6c B6c B6c B6c B6c
Info available online B4e 15d 15d B6d B6d B6d B6d B6d
Access to employment opportunities B4c              
Help in preparing for interviews, resumes, etc. B4d              
Career-related services overall   15e 15e B6e B6e B6e B6e B6e
NC State bookstores 2010 2008 2006 2004 2002 2000 1999 1998
Availability of books/supplies at bookstore B6 16 16 B7 B7 B7 B7 B7
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Non-Academic Student Services 2010 2008 2006 2004 2002 2000 1999 1998
Campus food services C1j, C2j 25a, 25b 25a, 25b E4* E4* E3* E3* D3*
Health Services C1f, C2f 26a, 26b 26a, 26b E5* E5* E4* E4* D4*
Campus counseling (not career) services C1g, C2g 27a, 27b 27a, 27b E6* E6* E5* E5* D5*
Housing and Residence Life C1h, C2h 29a, 29b 29a, 29b E8 E8 E7* E7* D7*
Registration process   22a, 22b 22a, 22b E1* E1* E1* E1* D1*
Registrar's Office C1d, C2d              
Campus Bookstore C1e, C2e              
Campus Recreation C1i, C2i              
On-campus shuttle/transportation services C1k, C2k              
Campus Police Department C1l, C2l              
Parking C1m, C2m              
Opportunities to participate in extra-curricular activities   30a, 30b 30a, 30b E9 E9 E8 E8 D8
Opportunities to participate in community service projects   31 31 E10 E10 E9 E9 D9
Opportunities to develop leadership skills   32 32 E11 E11 E10 E10 D10
Campus taken sufficient steps to ensure safety   18 18 C1 C1 C1 C1 C1
Financial aid services           E2* E2* D2*
Financial aid services: application/award process C1a, C2a 23a, 23b 23a, 23b E2 E2      
Financial aid services: disbursement process C1b, C2b 24a, 24b 24a, 24b E3 E3      
Business services/cashier/student accounts C1c, C2c 28a, 28b 28a, 28b E7* E7* E6* E6* D6*
Received financial aid at NC State C4 33 33 E12 E12      
Satisfaction with aid package C5 34 34 E13 E13      
Satisfaction with financial aid reception staff C6a 35a 35a E14a E14a      
Satisfaction with financial aid phone staff C6b 35b 35b E14b E14b      
Satisfaction with financial aid advisor staff C6c 35c 35c E14c E14c      
Satisfaction with online services 2010 2008 2006 2004 2002 2000 1999 1998
Billing system C3a              
Financial aid C3b              
Course registration system C3c              
*Evaluations of both the service area and staff responsiveness
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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, 2001
Last update: August, 2011

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