AY 2018 Undergraduate, Masters, & PhD Exit Survey Results

The results of the AY 2018 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 1,965 students responded to the survey, representing 55.9% of the baccalaureate degree recipients for AY 2018. 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 86.4% of respondents saying they would choose Georgia Tech again for college and 86.9% 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 (79.2 percent rating faculty good or excellent). A large majority of respondents gave high marks to faculty in terms of setting high expectations for learning (93.3%). Respondents felt the faculty encouraged students to be better learners, specifically encouraging students to devote sufficient time and energy to their course work (87.0%), and encouraged students to be active learners (79.4%). A slightly lower proportion (72.2%) indicated faculty showed concern for student learning.
  • In terms of interactions, respondents rated faculty highly on their responding to student questions or resolving problems (80.7%) and effectively communicated critical ideas and concepts (79.5%). Respondents were positive but not as strongly so about the extent to which instructors encouraged student-faculty interaction in and out of the classroom (67.2%), and provided frequent and prompt feedback (66.5%).
  • Respondents generally felt positive about the advising provided by their programs (77.3% 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 (66.2%), with little change since 2017 (64.8%).
  • Respondents felt their needs for career training were adequately or well met by their Georgia Tech education (81.9%). Respondents indicated their education specifically contributed to their management skills (87.2 percent rated somewhat or very much), leadership skills (88.4%), and their ability to work in multidisciplinary teams (85.4%).
  • 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 (93.4%), and helped to improve their time management skills (91.6%) and oral communication skills (85.8%).

 

The results of the AY 2018 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 748 students responded to the online survey in AY 2018, representing 24.6% 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:

  • Over 90% of respondents indicated that they would recommend their program to someone who wanted to study in their field, and 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 (96.7 percent indicating GT contributed somewhat or very much), design a system, component, or processes to meet desired needs (96.2%), and understanding the role of their discipline in solving global problems (90.8%).
  • Respondents felt their Georgia Tech education contributed somewhat or very much to their development of leadership (69.8%) and management skills (71.5%). Fewer respondents felt their education contributed to their entrepreneurial skills (51.9%).
  • Overall, respondents thought highly of the intellectual quality of the faculty (93.7% rating them as very good or excellent). Respondents also rated their instructors highly on their responsiveness to questions or resolving problems (91.5%) and showing concern for student learning (88.1%). They also felt faculty did a good job of incorporating real-world examples (86.1%) and teamwork into lessons (83.1%).
  • The majority of respondents indicated that Georgia Tech met their needs in intellectual growth (95.1% rating this adequately or very well met), but somewhat fewer felt similarly about career training (79.2%).
  • For those respondents that completed a thesis or project as part of their degree, ratings for the helpfulness of advisors declined in the advice from their advisor in selection of a thesis or project topic (84.1% rated their advisors as somewhat or very helpful, compared to 94.9% in 2016), the prospectus or proposal (82.7%, down from 93.4% in 2016), and thesis writing or project design (72.5%, down from 91.2% in 2016).
  • Regarding advising, ratings for assistance regarding degree requirements continue to improve in the past year (88.1% rating this good or excellent, up from 87.3% in 2017 and 81.6% in 2016).  Ratings regarding the availability of advisors (83.4%, from 82.0% in 2017 and 83.2%) appears to have leveled off, along with support in selecting concentration areas and electives (78.3, compared to 78.2 in 2017 and 74.3% in 2016).

 

 

The results of the AY 2018 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 517 students responded to the survey, representing 97.6% of the doctoral degrees awarded in AY 2018. 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 general findings of the survey:

  • Over 95% of respondents gave positive ratings to their academic experience at Georgia Tech, as well as the overall quality of their programs. Additionally, 86.9% 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 91.7% 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, 91.2% agreed that their thesis chair or advisor performed the role well.
  • Respondents also gave positive ratings to the quality of research facilities (96.1% rating good, very good, or excellent), library and electronic resources (95.5%), and graduate student office space (91.8%).
  • Over 95% of respondents indicated they have presented research away from campus, and 90.8% had scholarly works based on graduate research currently published.

 

AY 2011 Undergraduate & Graduate Exit Surveys

The results of the AY2011 Undergraduate Exit Survey are available in the Assessment Data Online Retrieval System (ADORS). The survey is administered by participating academic units to students as part of the degree petition process.  A total of 2,017 students responded to the survey in AY11, representing 65.9% of the baccalaureate degrees awarded during 2010–11. Detailed program results are available for viewing or download at <http://www.adors.gatech.edu >.

Among the general findings of the survey:

  • Respondents were generally quite pleased with their educational experiences at Georgia Tech, with 84.9% of respondents saying they would definitely recommend Georgia Tech to a friend or relative, and 84.6% saying that they would definitely recommend their program of study to a friend or relative.
  • Over 92% of students reported that faculty set high expectations for learning.  Respondents also said that faculty encouraged students to be active learners (75.6% rated faculty good or excellent on this item) and encouraged students to allocate sufficient time and energy to their course work (85.1%); a lower proportion (65.9%) indicated that faculty were good or excellent at showing concern for student learning.
  • Respondents reported that faculty demonstrated proficiency (89.1%) in their area of instruction; responded to student questions or resolved their problems (80.4%), and effectively communicated critical ideas and concepts (76.1%).  Respondents were more critical of the extent to which instructors provided frequent and prompt feedback (63.4% rated faculty good or excellent) and the extent to which instructors encouraged student-faculty interaction in and out of the classroom (61.1%).
  • Over 90 percent of respondents indicated their education at Georgia Tech had done a good or excellent job of helping them learn to think critically and logically, improve their problem-solving abilities, and to develop the skills to carry out projects independently. A majority of respondents also reported that their education at Georgia Tech helped them improve their oral communication (73.7%), presentation (85.2%), and written communication skills (73.3% rating Georgia Tech contributing very much or somewhat to this goal).

The open-ended response and comment reports will be sent directly to program chairs in the coming weeks.


The results of the AY2011 Graduate Exit Survey are now available in the Assessment Data Online Retrieval System (ADORS). The survey is administered by participating academic units to Master’s and Ph.D. students as part of the degree petition process. A total of 796 students responded to the survey in AY11, representing 34.0% of the graduate degrees awarded during 2010–11. Detailed program results are available for both Master’s and Ph.D. recipients 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 general findings of the survey:

  • Over 90% of respondents reported that they were satisfied with their preparation at Tech to find a job after graduation; while 94.1% of respondents said they were satisfied that Georgia Tech had prepared them to compete professionally in their disciplines. A substantial majority (88.0% of respondents) indicated that they would definitely recommend their program to a friend or relative.
  • Among respondents, 90.8% said that they were satisfied with the quality of their research experience, while 90.2% indicated they obtained an understanding of contemporary issues in their discipline.
  • Respondents were satisfied with the quality of faculty advising regarding academic planning (85.0%), as well as career planning (77.7%).  Over 95% of respondents were satisfied with the equity of treatment they received by faculty in their programs of study.

If you have any further questions about these data, please contact Jon Gordon <Jon.Gordon@gatech.edu>

AY 2010 Undergraduate & Graduate Exit Survey Results

The results of the AY2010 Graduate Exit Survey are now available in the Assessment Data Online Retrieval System (ADORS). The survey is administered by participating academic units to Master’s and Ph.D. students as part of the degree petition process. A total of 757 students responded to the survey in AY10, representing 34.6% of the graduate degrees awarded during 2009–10. 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 90% of respondents reported that they were satisfied with their preparation at Tech to find a job after graduation; while 96.0% of respondents said they were satisfied that Georgia Tech had prepared them to compete professionally in their disciplines. Over 90% of respondents indicated that they would definitely recommend their program to a friend or relative.
  • Among respondents, 91.2% said that they were satisfied with the quality of their research experience, while 91.8% indicated they obtained an understanding of contemporary issues in their discipline.
  • Respondents were satisfied with the quality of faculty advising regarding academic planning (84.4%), as well as career planning (76.7%).  Over 95% of respondents were satisfied with the equity of treatment they received by faculty in their programs of study.
  • Respondents were also considerably satisfied with the quality of research laboratories (93.9%) and graduate student office space (85.8%).

Please contact the Jonathan Gordon if you have any further questions about these data, or if your academic unit is interested in participating in the survey.

AY 2009 Undergraduate & Graduate Exit Survey Results

The results of the AY2009 Undergraduate Exit Survey are available in the Assessment Data Online Retrieval System (ADORS). The survey is administered by participating academic units to students as part of the degree petition process.  A total of 1,590 students responded to the survey in AY09, representing 59% of the baccalaureate degrees awarded during 2008–09. Detailed program results are available for viewing or download at <http://www.adors.gatech.edu >.

Among the general findings of the survey:

  • Respondents were generally quite pleased with their educational experiences at Georgia Tech, with 86.1% of respondents saying they would definitely recommend Georgia Tech to a friend or relative, and 86.6% saying that they would definitely recommend their program of study to a friend or relative. Over 92% of students reported that faculty set high expectations for learning.
  • Respondents also said that faculty encouraged students to be active learners (74.1% rated faculty good or excellent on this item) and encouraged students to allocate sufficient time and energy to their course work (83.0%); a lower proportion (66.9%) indicated that faculty were good or excellent at showing concern for student learning.
  • Respondents reported that faculty demonstrated proficiency (93.7%) and currency (92.0%) in their area of instruction; responded to student questions or resolved their problems (82.8%), and effectively communicated critical ideas and concepts (78.3%).  Respondents were more critical of the extent to which instructors provided frequent and prompt feedback (64.0% rated faculty good or excellent) and the extent to which instructors encouraged student-faculty interaction in and out of the classroom (58.1%).
  • Over 90 percent of respondents indicated their education at Georgia Tech had done a good or excellent job of helping them learn to think critically and logically, improve their problem-solving  abilities, and to develop the skills to carry out projects independently. A majority of respondents also reported that their education at Georgia Tech helped them improve their oral communication (72.1%) and presentation skills (81.7%), although they reported less growth in written communication skills (67.7% rating good or excellent).

The results of the AY2009 Graduate Exit Survey are now available in the Assessment Data Online Retrieval System (ADORS). The survey is administered by participating academic units to Master’s and Ph.D. students as part of the degree petition process. A total of 822 students responded to the survey in AY09, representing 34.7% of the graduate degrees awarded during 2008–09. Detailed program results are available for viewing or download at <http://www.adors.gatech.edu >.

Among the general findings of the survey:

  • Over 90% of respondents reported that they were satisfied with their preparation at Tech to find a job after graduation, while 95.1% of respondents said that Georgia Tech had prepared them to compete professionally in their disciplines. Over four in five respondents (88.7%) indicated that they would definitely recommend their program to a friend or relative.
  • Respondents said that they have an understanding of contemporary issues in their discipline (90.5%) and were prepared to apply their knowledge of both core subjects in their discipline (95.0%) and in their area of concentration (95.3%).
  • Among respondents, 88.3% said that they were satisfied with the quality of their research experience, while 76.6% indicated they were prepared to conduct experiments, and 79.6% felt prepared to conduct research resulting in fundamental innovations. Almost all respondents (95.1%) felt prepared to function independently on self-directed projects or research and similar numbers (93.0%) felt prepared to analyze and interpret data.
  • Respondents were satisfied with the quality of faculty advising regarding academic planning (81.5%), as well as career planning (77.5%). A majority (78.4%) of respondents reported that they felt prepared to be effective teachers.

The open-ended response and comment reports will be sent directly to program chairs and assessment coordinators in the coming weeks.

Please contact the Office of Assessment if you have any further questions about these data, or if your academic unit is interested in participating in the survey.

Jonathan Gordon, Ph.D.
Director
Office of Assessment