Executive Summary: Sue Erickson Carmen Williams Mike Braget Carol Drechsel Office of Institutional Research September 1, 2011
The UND-developed Graduating Student Survey (GSS) was designed and first used in 1991 giving UND the capacity to conduct an exit survey of graduating seniors. The GSS survey has been administered every three to four years since its inception and is intended to extract a variety of information from the students including such things as, overall satisfaction with the university experience, college-related goals, student involvement, cognitive and affective development, as well as future goals and aspirations. Researchers often say to study the successful students. This survey gives the University of North Dakota the capacity to obtain opinions from seniors just prior to graduation.
In 2011, 305 seniors completed the survey; the response rate was 38%.
Select a category below to view some of the findings from the 2011 GSS:
Primary Reasons for Attending UND
Respondents are asked to indicate which of the below items was their primary reason for attending UND. In 2011, "Programs Available" leads the way as it did in 2008. "Location" is also a common reason for students selecting UND.
Primary Motivational Goal for Attending UND
There may be many motivations for young people to decide to attend college. The survey asks students to check yes or no to a list of potential motivations. The percentage below indicates the portion of respondents indicating a particular item was a goal of their college experience.
Participation in Experiential Learning
Students are asked to indicate if they have participated in various types of experiential learning. Increasing numbers of respondents indicate they have not participated in any experiential learning activities.
Presented a list of various college experiences, respondents are aksed to rate their satisfaction with these experiences during their time at UND. Items are rated on a 5-point scale, with 5 equating to "very satisfied", 4 to "satisfied", 3 to "neutral", 2 to "dissatisfied", and 1 to "very dissatisfied". Mean scores have been calculated for each item below.
Presented a list of various offices on campus, respondents are aksed to rate their satisfaction with these offices during their time at UND. Items are rated on a 5-point scale, with 5 equating to "very satisfied", 4 to "satisfied", 3 to "neutral", 2 to "dissatisfied", and 1 to "very dissatisfied". Mean scores have been calculated for each item below.