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Background and Method

We regularly ask seniors about their satisfaction with their educational experiences at CU-Boulder and about their after-graduation plans for employment, further education, and other activities. Our goal is to provide systematic information for:

  • academic and service units to use in planning and improvement
  • the Boulder campus to use in meeting requirements for institutional accountability
  • use by the state and by prospective and current students and their families

Data collection for the Senior Survey began on March 13, 2012, when we sent seniors e-mail from the Provost explaining the purpose of the Senior Survey and inviting them to complete the web-based questionnaire. As we did for the 2008 Senior Survey, we invited all eligible seniors to take part in the survey. Seniors who completed a questionnaire are eligible to win one of two $500 awards.

The 7,646 seniors invited to take part in the survey:

  • are degree-seeking students enrolled with a minimum of six credit hours
  • have senior class standing, including students in concurrent bachelor's/master's programs now classified as master's students

We excluded from the population:

  • students who entered in spring 2012
  • transfer exchange students
  • students enrolled exclusively through continuing education
  • students who requested that their personal directory information be kept private

The task calendar for the 2012 survey is provided below.

2012 Senior Survey Task Calendar  
Task Date
Sent e-mail announcement, with link to online questionnaire, to students
       From:  CU-Boulder Provost [noreply@qemailserver.com]
       Subject: Seniors: Provide feedback on your major program and CU-Boulder
                    experience
3/13
Sent first reminder e-mail to non-responders
       From:  CU-Boulder Provost [noreply@qemailserver.com]
       Subject: Senior Survey -- Help CU-Boulder, possible $500
3/20
SPRING BREAK 2012 3/26 to 3/30
Sent second reminder e-mail to non-responders
       From:  CU-Boulder Provost [noreply@qemailserver.com]
       Subject: Senior Survey -- Still a chance for $500
4/4
Sent third reminder e-mail to partial responders and non-responders
       From:  CU-Boulder Provost [Frances.Costa@colorado.edu]
      *Partial responders Subject: Please finish the CU Senior Survey - additional award possible!
      *Non-responders Subject: CU Senior Survey reminder: Provide feedback on your major - Additional award possible!
4/17
Sent fourth reminder e-mail to all non-responders (partial and full)
       From: CU-Boulder Provost [noreply@qemailserver.com]
       Subject: Seniors: Last Chance—midnight 4/23/12—to give feedback on your major program and CU-Boulder!
4/21
Ended data collection - midnight, Monday, April 23rd 4/23
Select award winners in week after data collection ends
Contact award winners in week after data collection ends
Post results for all respondents combined 5/23
Analyze data, prepare report for posting by [date]; findings by college, by major, etc. mid-July 

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