AY 2016 Undergraduate, Masters, & PhD Exit Survey Results

The results of the AY2016 Undergraduate Exit Survey are available in the Assessment Data Online Retrieval System (ADORS). The survey is administered to students online as part of their degree petition process. A total of 2,083 students responded to the survey, representing 60.9% of the baccalaureate degree recipients for AY 2016. Detailed program results are available for viewing or download at < http://www.adors.gatech.edu >. The open-ended response and comment reports will be sent directly to program chairs in the coming weeks.

Among the general findings of the survey:

  • Respondents were generally quite pleased with their educational experiences at Georgia Tech, with 85.3% of respondents saying they would choose Georgia Tech again for college and 87.8% saying that they would recommend their program to someone who wanted to major in their field.
  • Most respondents rated faculty well on overall teaching ability (76.6 percent rating faculty good or excellent). A large majority of respondents gave high marks to faculty in terms of setting high expectations for learning (93%). Respondents felt the faculty encouraged students to be better learners, specifically encouraging students to devote sufficient time and energy to their course work (87.1%), and encouraged students to be active learners (76.2%). A slightly lower proportion (68.6%) indicated faculty showed concern for student learning.
  • In terms of interactions, respondents rated faculty highly on their responding to student questions or resolving problems (80.6%) and effectively communicated critical ideas and concepts (77.9%). Respondents were positive but not as strongly so about the extent to which instructors encouraged student-faculty interaction in and out of the classroom (63.4%) and provided frequent and prompt feedback (64.7%).
  • Respondents generally felt positive about the advising provided by their programs (76.3% rated overall advising as good or excellent). Respondents were happy with their access to advisors (83%) and their advising for degree requirements (79.4%). Respondents felt that career advising by programs was not as strong (64.8), but it is significantly higher than what was reported by AY 2015 graduates (60.7%).
  • Respondents felt their needs for career training were adequately or well met by their Georgia Tech education (81.4%). Respondents indicated their education specifically contributed to their management skills (87.2 percent rated somewhat or very much), leadership skills (88.2%), and their ability to work in multidisciplinary teams (85.7%). Respondents ratings of their education’s contribution to their entrepreneurial skills has increased (62.7%, up from 59.6% in AY2015).
  • Over 95 percent of respondents indicated their education at Georgia Tech had substantially contributed to helping them improve their problem-solving abilities; learn to think critically and logically; and to develop the skills to carry out projects independently. A majority of respondents also reported that their education at Georgia Tech improved their ability to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds (93.6%), and helped to improve their time management skills (92.7%) and oral communication skills (86.4%).

 

The results of the AY 2016 Master’s Exit Survey are now available in the Assessment Data Online Retrieval System (ADORS). This survey was administered to Master’s students in the weeks before their graduating term. A total of 833 students responded to the online survey in AY 2016, representing 36.3% of the terminal Master’s degrees awarded that year. Detailed program results are available for viewing or download at < http://www.adors.gatech.edu >. Individual student comments and responses to open-ended items will be forwarded to unit chairs in the coming weeks.

Among the findings of the survey:

  • A total of 86.6% of respondents indicated that they would recommend their program to a friend or relative, and 87.3% would choose Georgia Tech again if they had it to do over.
  • Respondents reported that their Georgia Tech education contributed to their understanding the technology in their discipline (95.8 percent indicating GT contributed somewhat or very much), designing systems or processes to meet desired needs (94.7%), and understanding the role of their discipline in solving global problems (90.3%).
  • Respondents felt their Georgia Tech education contributed somewhat or very much to their development of leadership (77.4%) and management skills (74.0%). Fewer respondents felt their education contributed to their entrepreneurial skills (56.6%).
  • Overall, respondents thought highly of the intellectual quality of the faculty (93.1% rating them as very good or excellent). Respondents also rated their instructors highly on their responsiveness to questions or resolving problems (90.6%) and showing concern for student learning (88.3%). They also felt faculty did a good job of incorporating teamwork (84.5%) and real-world applications into lessons (83.6%).
  • The majority of respondents indicated that Georgia Tech met their needs in intellectual growth (94.3% rating this adequately or very well met), but somewhat fewer felt similarly about career training (78.1%).
  • Regarding advising, respondents were overall satisfied with the assistance regarding degree requirements (81.6% rating this good or excellent), and ratings regarding the availability of advisors continues to improve (83.2%, up from 78.2% in 2014). Support in selecting concentration areas and electives appears to have leveled off (74.3%, compared to 76.6% in 2015 and 72.6% in 2014).
  • For those respondents that completed a thesis or project as part of their degree, large majorities said the advice from their advisor was somewhat or very helpful, from topic selection (94.0%), to the prospectus or proposal (89.9%), through thesis writing or project design (91.7%).

 

The results of the AY 2016 Doctoral Exit Survey are now available in the Assessment Data Online Retrieval System (ADORS). The survey is administered to Ph.D. students as part of the degree petition process.  A total of 506 students responded to the survey, representing 96% of the doctoral degrees awarded in AY 2016. Detailed program results are available for viewing or download at < http://www.adors.gatech.edu >. Individual student comments and responses to open-ended items will be forwarded to unit chairs in the coming days. We also expect to add 2016 data from the federal Survey of Earned Doctorates in the coming weeks.

Among the general findings of the survey:

  • Over 95% of respondents gave positive ratings to their academic and overall experience at Georgia Tech, as well as the overall quality of their programs. Additionally, 84.3 % of respondents indicated that they would recommend their program to a friend or relative.
  • Among respondents, over 98% indicated the intellectual quality of both faculty and fellow graduate students was good, very good, or excellent, and 89.4% gave similar ratings to the relationship between faculty and graduate students.
  • Respondents were satisfied with the quality of advice from their thesis advisor, with over 92% indicating the advice provided was helpful in topic selection, writing the thesis proposal, and throughout the research and writing process. Overall, 89.8% agreed that their thesis chair or advisor performed the role well.
  • Respondents also gave positive ratings to the quality of library and electronic resources (98.2% rating good, very good, or excellent), research facilities (95.7%), and graduate student office space (92.5%).
  • Over 90% of respondents indicated they have presented research away from campus, and 94% had scholarly works based on graduate research published or under review.
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