AY 2017 Undergraduate, Masters, & PhD Exit Survey Results

The results of the AY 2017 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 2,101 students responded to the survey, representing 58.2% of the baccalaureate degree recipients for AY 2017. 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 85.8% of respondents saying they would choose Georgia Tech again for college and 86.3% 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 (76.3 percent rating faculty good or excellent). A large majority of respondents gave high marks to faculty in terms of setting high expectations for learning (93.6%). Respondents felt the faculty encouraged students to be better learners, specifically encouraging students to devote sufficient time and energy to their course work (86.8%), and encouraged students to be active learners (76.6%). A slightly lower proportion (69.5%) indicated faculty showed concern for student learning.
  • In terms of interactions, respondents rated faculty highly on their responding to student questions or resolving problems (79.8%) and effectively communicated critical ideas and concepts (76.6%). Respondents were positive but not as strongly so about the extent to which instructors provided frequent and prompt feedback (65.2%), and encouraged student-faculty interaction in and out of the classroom (63.5%).
  • Respondents generally felt positive about the advising provided by their programs (77.6% rated overall advising as good or excellent). Respondents were happy with their access to advisors (82.7%) and their advising for degree requirements (78.4%). Respondents felt that career advising by programs was not as strong (64.8%), same as what was reported by AY 2016 graduates.
  • Respondents felt their needs for career training were adequately or well met by their Georgia Tech education (81.7%). Respondents indicated their education specifically contributed to their management skills (92.4 percent rated somewhat or very much), leadership skills (88.7%), and their ability to work in multidisciplinary teams (84.3%).
  • 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. Respondent ratings remain high for how much their Georgia Tech education improved their ability to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds (93.1%), and helped to improve their time management skills (92.4%) and oral communication skills (85.8%).

 

The results of the AY 2017 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 839 students responded to the online survey in AY 2017, representing 33.2% 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 89.9% of respondents indicated that they would recommend their program to someone who wanted to study in their field, and 88.6% 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 relevant to their discipline (96 percent indicating GT contributed somewhat or very much), designing systems or processes to meet desired needs (96.1%), and understanding the role of their discipline in solving global problems (92.8%).
  • Respondents felt their Georgia Tech education contributed somewhat or very much to their development of leadership (72.7%) and management skills (72.1%). Fewer respondents felt their education contributed to their entrepreneurial skills (55.1%).
  • Overall, respondents thought highly of the intellectual quality of the faculty (94.4% rating them as very good or excellent). Respondents also rated their instructors highly on their responsiveness to questions or resolving problems (89.7%) and showing concern for student learning (89.1%). They also felt faculty did a good job of incorporating real-world applications (87.2%) and teamwork into lessons (85%).
  • The majority of respondents indicated that Georgia Tech met their needs in intellectual growth (94.8% rating this adequately or very well met), but somewhat fewer felt similarly about career training (81.2%).
  • Regarding advising, ratings for assistance regarding degree requirements improved in the past year (87.3% rating this good or excellent, up from 81.6% in 2016).  Ratings regarding the availability of advisors (82.0%, from 83.2% in 2016 and 81.6% in 2015) appears to have leveled off , along with support in selecting concentration areas and electives (78.2, compared to 74.3% in 2016 and 76.6% in 2015).
  • 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 (94.9%), to the prospectus or proposal (93.4%), through thesis writing or project design (91.2%).

 

The results of the AY 2017 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 483 students responded to the survey, representing 95.1% of the doctoral degrees awarded in AY 2017. 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.

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, 85.2 % of respondents indicated that they would recommend their program to someone who wanted to study in their field.
  • Among respondents, over 97% indicated the intellectual quality of both faculty and fellow graduate students was good, very good, or excellent, and 89.2% 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 90% indicating the advice provided was helpful in topic selection, writing the thesis proposal, and throughout the research and writing process. Overall, 88.7% agreed that their thesis chair or advisor performed the role well.
  • Respondents also gave positive ratings to the quality of library and electronic resources (94.6% rating good, very good, or excellent), research facilities (93.7%), and graduate student office space (89.5%).
  • Over 95% of respondents indicated they have presented research away from campus, and 96.4% had scholarly works based on graduate research published or under review.

Spring 2017 Career and Salary Data Now Available

The Office of Assessment is pleased to announce that the Career and Salary Survey now includes data for BS and MS graduates through Spring 2017. The survey was administered online to 3,172 BS- and MS-level students who were scheduled to graduate in Spring 2017.  PhD data for AY 2017 is scheduled to be added this fall.

A total of 1,387 students completed the survey, for a response rate of 44.5%. The BS response rate was 52.1%, while the MS response rate was 29.8%. The survey results are representative of the GT graduating population for each degree level by sex, ethnicity, and citizenship.  Baccalaureate responses are representative by college, while Computing is over-represented, and Engineering somewhat under-represented at the MS-level.

Highlights from the Spring 2017 Career and Salary Survey:

  • The percentage of job-seeking Georgia Tech BS recipients who reported having a job at graduation was 75.9%, remaining stable over the past three years.
  • Placement among job-seeking Master’s degree recipients has come up slightly, with placement at 78.7% in 2017.
  • Median reported salaries for Georgia Tech graduates have increased steadily over the past few years, from $65,000 for BS recipients in Spring 2015 to $70,000 for BS recipients in Spring 2017.
  • For MS recipients, median salaries have shown a sharper increase, from $82,000 in Academic Year 2015 to $94,000 for AY 2017 Graduates.
  • Of the Georgia Tech BS graduates, 19.9% plan to pursue further education in the coming year.
  • Over 85% of GT students who responded to the Career and Salary survey remained certain they would select Georgia Tech again to attend college. A similar proportion of GT student respondents would recommend their program to future students who wanted to major in their field.

Additional results from the survey are available in the Office of Assessment’s survey data warehouse: < www.adors.gatech.edu >.  Students may access the salary reports at:  < http://b.gatech.edu/1Tsp67O >.

If you have any questions about these data, you may contact Joe Ludlum at < joe.ludlum@gatech.edu >.

Survey of Earned Doctorates – AY 2016 data now available

The Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED) results in ADORs has been updated to include data from AY 2016.  A total of 524 students responded to the survey this year, representing 98.6% of doctoral degrees awarded during that period.

Among the general findings of the survey:

  • For those seeking employment after graduation (including postdocs), 61.8% reported having a job, either returning to existing employment, or with a commitment or contract.  An additional 15.1% were in contract negotiations at that time.
  • 47.0% of 2016 Doctorates who were “placed” at the time of the survey went into industry, and 30.8% were working at a higher education institution (college, university or medical school; US or foreign).  Another 11.7% were working for a university-affiliated research institute.
  • About 31.9% of 2016 grads were entering postdoc positions. This is up significantly from 2015 (24.4%) – closer to the 30% reported in previous years.

Detailed results are available for viewing or download at < http://www.adors.gatech.edu >.

If you have any questions or require any additional information, please contact Joe Ludlum at < joe.ludlum@gatech.edu >.

Fall 2009 Career and Salary Survey

The Office of Assessment announces the results of the Fall 2009 Career and Salary Survey, now available for your reference.

The survey was administered online to 1,642 students who were scheduled to graduate in December 2009.  A total of 1,079 students completed the survey for a response rate of 65.7 percent. The results are representative of the GT graduating population by college, gender, and ethnicity.  The Office of Assessment recently provided academic units with the ability to obtain specific job titles from students who reported employment. These detailed position descriptions are available in the frequency reports for individual programs.

Among the salient findings of the survey:

The economic downturn continues to affect placement rates of our graduates:

  • The proportion of Georgia Tech BS recipients who report having a job at graduation declined from 70.4% in Fall 2007 to 60.1% in Fall 2008, and to 49.0% in Fall 2009.
  • The proportion of graduate degree recipients (MS and PhD) who report having a job at graduation declined from 79.6% in Fall 2007 to 63.5% in Fall 2008, and to 54.1% in Fall 2009.
  • Among undergraduates, the greatest declines in placement occurred in the College of Engineering (Fall 2007: 75.9%; Fall 2008: 62.7%; Fall 2009: 45.7%) and the College of Computing (Fall 2007: 85.7%; Fall 2008: 79.3%; Fall 2009: 64.0%).
  • For the College of Engineering’s undergraduates, placement rates declined most in Civil Engineering (Fall 2007: 91.1%; Fall 2008: 61.4%; Fall 2009: 30.6%) and Mechanical Engineering (Fall 2007: 81.1%; Fall 2008: 62.0%; Fall 2009: 37.1%).

Some programs experienced year-over-year increases in placement among BS recipients:

  • Aerospace Engineering placement increased year-over-year from 50.0% in Fall 2008 to 64.7% in Fall 2009.
  • Over the same time frame, Management placement increased from 54.3% to 66.7%.

For those who report successful job searches, salaries have decreased very slightly since Fall 2008:

  • Median reported salaries decreased approximately $1,000 for both BS and MS recipients.

Frequency of signing bonuses has declined slightly:

  • Among those reporting a salary, 39.1% of Fall 2009 GT graduates reported receiving a signing bonus­, compared to 51.4% in Fall 2008.
  • The median reported bonus in Fall 2009 was $5,325 for BS recipients and $6,700 for MS recipients.

The lower rates of employment success have not translated into changes in continuing education plans.

  • The percentage of BS recipients who intend to enroll in graduate school has remained stable, going from 23.1% in Fall 2007 to 25.0% in Fall 2008, and down slightly to 23.9% in Fall 2009.

Complete results of the survey are available on the Office of Assessment’s survey data warehouse: www.adors.gatech.edu.  Students may access the salary reports at: http://www.adors.gatech.edu/commencement/salary_report.cfm.  If you have any questions about these data, please contact Jonathan Gordon at jon.gordon@gatech.edu.

2008 CIRP Report

The 2008 Freshman Survey Report and Tables are now available. This report is a summary of the 2008 adminis­tration of the Higher Education Research Institute’s Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP) survey of incoming college freshmen. Selected information about Georgia Tech respondents is presented in this report, including comparisons to responses from public and private high-selectivity institutions.

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