With post-college life on the horizon, 1,848 graduating seniors reflect on their stay at SDState.
The 2018-2019 Senior Exit Survey (SES) was administered during the online graduation application process for Fall 2018 and Spring 2019. Almost all graduating seniors who completed the graduation application participated in the SES at a 97% response rate. The survey offered no incentive to the students for completion and consisted of 50 questions in closed-ended response format.
Descriptive analysis was utilized to understand the frequency and distribution of the data, primarily presenting the percentages of variables. The goal of the analysis was to understand overall experiences, general education goals, high-impact practices (HIP’s) and graduate school aspirations of graduating seniors.
Methods: Almost all graduating seniors who completed the graduation application participated in the Senior Exit Survey (97% response rate). The survey instrument consists of 50 questions, in closed-ended response format.
The percentages below represent respondents who agreed to the survey items.
Overall Satisfaction with Educational Experience.
Received high quality of education
Achieved their educational goals
Were prepared to be successful
Had their educational expectations met
Were satisfied with their experience at SDState
Would recommend SDState to others
General Educational Goals
Felt they improved their ability to write effectively and responsibly
Felt they improved their ability to communicate effectively and responsibly
Felt they improved their knowledge in social sciences
Felt they improved their knowledge in arts and humanities
Felt they improved their knowledge in mathematical processes and reasoning
Felt they improved their knowledge in natural sciences
Participation in High Impact Practices (HIP's)
Participated in first-year seminar
Participated in Common Intellectual Experience (e.g. Common Read)
Participated in Living-Learning Community
Participated in writing-intensive courses
Participated in collaborative assignments and projects
Participated in undergraduate research and creative activity
Participated in diversity and global learning
Participated in creating ePortifolios
Participated in service learning/community-based learning
Participated in internships
Participated in Senior Capstone Courses
Have plans of pursuing a graduate degree