2009 Graduate Student Survey
A large number of graduate students (almost 2,000) answered a variety of questions on the 2009 survey. The questions covered such topics as:
The results, which can be accessed via the links below, consist of descriptive statistics and comments to open-ended questions. The results are organized by college/Arts & Sciences division, PBA department, and student level. (PBA departments are groupings, for analytic purposes, of primarily academic departments; i.e., those that have majors, teach courses, and/or do research.)
If you are interested in further analyses or assistance in using any of these results for your department, please contact us at IR@colorado.edu.
Planning, Budget, and Analysis (PBA) administered the Graduate Student Survey during November 2009, with data collection ending on November 30. The Graduate School, which extensively reviewed and contributed to the content of this survey, uses the results to assess the quality of educational services and graduate student life here on the Boulder campus.
The Graduate Student Survey is administered on this campus every four years, with the next administration scheduled for fall 2013. The survey population consists of all degree-seeking, graduate-level students, except those in Law or MBA programs and those who have requested a privacy flag on their records.
As an incentive to complete the survey, PBA offered $1,000 in cash awards to respondents. This was awarded in four $250 amounts to respondents selected in a random drawing. Additional information concerning PBA survey incentives is described in the survey recognition program.
The online questionnaire* is quite long, due to the scope of the survey. Because the questionnaire was designed to ensure that results can be shared with other AAU public institutions, it contains an additional set of core questions. Nearly all of the questions that were used in the prior (2005) Graduate Student Survey were retained, in order to allow comparisons of student responses over time. Moreover, new questions pertaining both to research misconduct and the ways in which CU-Boulder communicates with graduate students were added to this year's survey.
Overall, 49% percent of graduate students responded to the survey. Response rates were identical for master's and doctoral students. Business and Journalism students responded at relatively high rates (59% and 57%, respectively). Additional information concerning response rates by class level and college/A&S division is available.
*The PDF of the questionnaire that is accessible from this link was created directly from PBA's online survey system. This system generates PDFs that can differ somewhat in appearance from the actual online questionnaires. Consequently, this PDF has a few odd-looking font sizes, minor alignment problems with rows of radio buttons, and some other minor formatting issues that did not appear in the online version that graduate students actually used.
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