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  • Graduating Senior Survey Report 2011-12 and 2012-13

    August 2014

    Office of Institutional Assessment George Mason University

  • August 2014 Suggested Citation Office of Institutional Assessment, George Mason University (2014). Graduating Senior Survey Report 2011-12 and 2012-13. Fairfax, VA: Office of Institutional Assessment, George Mason University. Contact Information Office of Institutional Assessment 3100 Alan and Sally Merten Hall 4400 University Drive, MS 3D2 Fairfax, VA 22030 Phone: (703) 993-8834 Fax: (703) 993-8835 Web: https://assessment.gmu.edu Email: assessment@gmu.edu

  • Office of Institutional Assessment George Mason University GSS Report 2011-12 and 2012-13

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    TABLE OF CONTENTS LIST OF TABLES ......................................................................................................................................................................... iii

    LIST OF FIGURES ...................................................................................................................................................................... iii

    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY ............................................................................................................................................................ 1

    Educational Experiences in the Major .................................................................................................................................... 1

    Scholarly and Creative Activities ............................................................................................................................................. 1

    Opportunities for Scholarly and Creative Activities .......................................................................................................... 1

    Doing Research or Creative Projects .................................................................................................................................... 1

    Global Knowledge ..................................................................................................................................................................... 1

    Finance and Employment ........................................................................................................................................................ 2

    Satisfaction ................................................................................................................................................................................. 2

    Student Comments .................................................................................................................................................................... 2

    INTRODUCTION ......................................................................................................................................................................... 3

    Survey Administration and Response Rate ........................................................................................................................... 3

    Overall Response Rate and Demographics .......................................................................................................................... 3

    Response Rate by College ...................................................................................................................................................... 3

    Enrollment Status ...................................................................................................................................................................... 3

    Scope and Structure of the Report .......................................................................................................................................... 4

    EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCES IN THE MAJOR ................................................................................................................ 5

    Contribution of Courses in the Major to Student Competence ......................................................................................... 5

    Comparison by College, 2013 ................................................................................................................................................ 5

    Comparison by Engagement Level, 2012 and 2013 ........................................................................................................... 6

    Comparison by GPA, 2013 ................................................................................................................................................... 7

    SCHOLARLY AND CREATIVE ACTIVITIES ........................................................................................................................ 9

    Awareness of Students as Scholars .......................................................................................................................................... 9

    Opportunities for Scholarly or Creative Activities ............................................................................................................. 10

    Overall ................................................................................................................................................................................... 10

    By College .............................................................................................................................................................................. 11

    Doing Research or Creative Projects .................................................................................................................................... 11

    Trend Analysis ..................................................................................................................................................................... 11

    Reasons for Doing or Not Doing a Research or Creative Project ..................................................................................... 13

    Comparison by NSSE Engagement Level .......................................................................................................................... 14

    Contribution of Scholarly or Creative Activity to Learning .............................................................................................. 14

    GLOBAL KNOWLEDGE ........................................................................................................................................................... 17

    Overall Trend Analysis ........................................................................................................................................................... 17

    Comparison by College/School ............................................................................................................................................. 17

    STUDENT FINANCES ............................................................................................................................................................... 19

  • Office of Institutional Assessment George Mason University GSS Report 2011-12 and 2012-13

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    Employment History ............................................................................................................................................................... 19

    Educational Debt ..................................................................................................................................................................... 19

    SATISFACTION .......................................................................................................................................................................... 21

    Overall Satisfaction and Sense of Belonging ........................................................................................................................ 21

    Satisfaction with Education Received in the Major ............................................................................................................ 21

    Satisfaction with Level of Involvement in Campus Activities ........................................................................................... 22

    Comparison of Satisfaction by Transfer Status and Sex .................................................................................................... 22

    Would Attend Mason Again .................................................................................................................................................. 22

    APPENDIX A: Demographics of Survey Respondents and All Graduating Seniors, 2012 ............................................. 25

    APPENDIX B: Response Rates by College and Degree, 2012 .............................................................................................. 26

    APPENDIX C: Demographics of Survey Respondents and All Graduating Seniors, 2013 .............................................. 27

    APPENDIX D: Response Rates By College and Degree, 2013 ............................................................................................. 28

  • Office of Institutional Assessment George Mason University GSS Report 2011-12 and 2012-13

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    LIST OF TABLES Table 1. Self-Reported Contribution of Courses in the Major to Student Competence .................................................. 5

    Table 2. Comparison by College of Self-Reported Contribution of Courses in the Major to Student Competence, 2013 .......................................................................................................................

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