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GRADUATE STUDENT SURVEY: UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO-BOULDER
From the Graduate School Survey of graduating DOCTORAL and MASTER'S students: Fall 1998-Summer 1999                       

*Note: Means are based on values of 1 to 4 (eg. 'poor' to 'excellent')                                                               

Aspects of graduate studies:
                                                Not                                      --Of those responding, pct who said...
                                            Answered/Not      Number              Std
                                             Applicable     Responding   Mean*    Dev    Poor    Adequate    Good    Excellent

1) Quality of instruction: grad courses          1%             569       3.1     0.8     2%       18%       50%        29%
2) Quality of faculty mentoring                  3%             557       2.9     1.0     9%       20%       37%        32%
3) Quality of research experience               15%             486       3.1     0.9     4%       20%       36%        38%
4) Departmental advising/guidance                2%             563       2.7     1.0    14%       28%       30%        26%
5) Assistance finding profess employment        30%             398       2.4     1.1    30%       26%       21%        22%


Primary reason for taking a formal leave of absence during graduate studies:
                                                Not
                                            Answered/Not      Number       
                                             Applicable     Responding     Other    Research-related    Personal    Financial

20) If left: reason for leave of absence        84%              88         19%           10%             54%          15%



Agreement with the following statements about your thesis advisor or dissertation chair:
                                                Not
                                            Answered/Not      Number              Std    Strongly                         Strongly
                                             Applicable     Responding    Mean*   Dev    Disagree    Disagree    Agree     Agree

21) Willing spend time on acad advising         20%             458       3.4     0.8       3%          9%        29%       57%
22) Met on reg basis to discuss research        29%             405       3.2     0.9       6%         15%        26%       51%
23) Made eff get financial support for me       41%             336       3.3     1.0       9%         11%        24%       55%
24) Encouraged and supported my research        31%             393       3.5     0.8       4%          5%        25%       64%



Which of the following BEST describes your time-to-degree?
                          Not                           Shorter                  Longer
                      Answered/Not      Number           than       Expected      than
                       Applicable     Responding        Expected     Length     Expected

34) Time-to-degree         3%             555             6%         69%         23%



Satisfaction with the following services provided by the Graduate School (not your department):
                                                Not                                                Less
                                            Answered/Not      Number              Std              than
                                             Applicable     Responding    Mean*   Dev    Poor    Adequate    Adequate    Excellent

35) Advising for thesis/diss + deg reqs         29%             405       2.9     0.9     9%       13%         51%          25%
36) Financial aid advising                      48%             299       2.3     1.0    27%       27%         36%           8%
37) Student support (travel/diss grants)        44%             320       2.5     1.0    20%       25%         41%          13%
38) Grad student awards (teach,research)        47%             302       2.4     1.0    23%       26%         37%          12%



Experiences as a Teaching or Research Assistant during graduate study:
                                                Not                                                Less
                                            Answered/Not      Number              Std              than
                                             Applicable     Responding    Mean*   Dev    Poor    Adequate    Adequate    Excellent

39) How effective TA or prof dev exprnc?        52%             274       3.4     0.8     3%        8%         38%          50%
40) How useful was Grad Teacher Program?        65%             197       2.6     1.0    16%       20%         45%          17%
41) How useful dept lead GPTI training?         72%             158       2.7     1.0    15%       20%         44%          18%
42) How effective rsch asst as prof dev?        62%             215       3.6     0.6     1%        2%         34%          61%



Average # of articles published and average # of years to complete degree:                             Pct publishing X # of articles

                                           N          Mean       Std Dev       Minimum       Maximum   None  One  Two Three Four Five or>
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------   ----------------------------------
 30: Number of articles published        574           1.1           2.4           0.0          22.0    67%  10%   6%   5%    4%   8%
 31: Number of years to complete MA      466           2.3           0.8           1.0           6.5
 32: Number of years to complete PhD     144           4.8           1.8           1.0          11.0
 33: Num of years to complete both degs   66           6.5           1.9           3.5          12.0
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If starting your graduate career over--Would you select:
                                              Dont
                                            Know/Not       Number
                                           Applicable    Responding    No     Yes

6) CU-Boulder                                 22%            446       22%    77%
7) The same field of study                    14%            490       14%    85%
8) The same thesis/dissertation advisor       31%            393       19%    80%
9) Would recommend department to friend       21%            453       22%    77%



Indicate the types of support you received in Graduate School:
                                                        Number
                                                      Responding    No     Yes

10) Fellowship                                            575       73%    27%
11) Teaching assistantship                                575       53%    47%
12) Research assistantship                                575       63%    36%
13) Need-based financial aid/loans                        575       58%    41%
14) Personal/family ONLY                                  576       78%    21%
15) Other funding (identify)                              576       78%    21%


Questions about the financial assistance you received at CU-Boulder:
                                                 Not                                              Less
                                             Answered/Not      Number              Std            than
                                              Applicable     Responding    Mean*   Dev    Poor  Adequate  Adequate  Excellent

16) Overall level of financial support           20%             456       2.9     0.9    10%     16%        47%       26%

                                                 Not
                                             Answered/Not      Number
                                              Applicable     Responding    No     Yes

17) Was fin support w/in dept awarded fairly?    15%             489       26%    74%


Questions about off-campus work during academic year:
                                                         Number
                                                       Responding    No     Yes

18) Work off-campus during grad study?                      576       51%    48%

                                           Dont
                                          Know/Not       Number
                                         Applicable    Responding    No     Yes

19) Was work related to grad program?        51%            281       46%    53%



Questions regarding graduate opportunities:
                                                Not
                                            Answered/Not      Number
                                             Applicable     Responding    No     Yes

25) Seminars for grad stdnts prsnt rsch?        27%             420       20%    80%
26) Ever present research at a seminar?         30%             401       60%    39%
27) Ever receive funding to go natl mtg?        30%             398       57%    42%
28) Ever deliver paper at national mtg?         29%             406       59%    40%
29) Faculty encourage you publish rsrch?        37%             359       29%    70%


Did you receive adequate instruction or experience in the following areas?
                                              Not
                                          Answered/Not      Number
                                           Applicable     Responding    No     Yes

43) Research ethics?                          39%             348       43%    56%
44) Responsible conduct in your field?        32%             391       38%    61%
45) Sexual harassment (training)?             36%             367       51%    48%
46) Diversity?                                37%             359       53%    46%


Which item best describes your current status? (mark one item only):
                                                Not
                                            Answered/Not      Number
                                             Applicable     Responding    No     Yes

47) Postdoc fellowship/traineeship              16%             483       87%    12%
48) Faculty position in college/univer          16%             483       94%     6%
49) Research position in academia/indus         16%             483       85%    14%
50) Professional service career                 16%             483       72%    27%
51) Non-research pos in private industry        16%             483       82%    17%
52) Other job status* (SEE WRITE-INs)           16%             483       77%    22%

     * Note: This year's report excludes those who wrote in a comment to Q52, saying they
	    were currently "seeking a job." This is 4% of all graduate student respondents, 
            which is included in the 16% of the "Not Answered/Not Applicable" column.

Is position related to your degree?
                                                Not
                                            Answered/Not      Number
                                            Applicable     Responding    No     Yes

53) Position directly related to degree?        16%             483      20%    80%

                                                             Pct saying
                                                       N     pos related
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Masters     53) Position directly related to degree?  298**     81%     
									                                                                       
Doctorate   53) Position directly related to degree?  126       88%     
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** Note:
    59 Masters' students responses, that said "continuing," "PhD" or "continuing PhD" student, were excluded 
    from this table (but were included in the first tally of Q53 results above--since this is the way we had 
    calculated the results in the '96-97 and '97-98 reports).

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