Graduating seniors continue to rate Kansas State University highly in many areas. Of the 1,623 respondents (41.6% response rate) to the 2017-18 Senior Survey, over 92% rated their undergraduate experience positively and indicated they would recommend K-State to others.
View detailed reports and additional information on the Senior Survey.
Offered at the end of each semester by the Office of Assessment, the Senior Survey is designed to give undergraduate students the opportunity to reflect upon their K-State experiences. Results are used to improve the college experience for current and future students by identifying both strengths and areas that need further development. The survey includes questions related to satisfaction with academic programs, intellectual and personal growth, student services, and preparation for a career or graduate school.
Seniors also reported progress in many other academic areas. At least 93% of respondents reported substantial progress in the ability to think critically, the ability to interact positively with people different from themselves, and the ability to participate as team members. High levels of satisfaction were also reported for various offices and services across campus.
The Senior Survey will be sent out November 16th to seniors in undergraduate degree programs who have applied or been approved for graduation in the Fall semester.
The survey is designed to give students the opportunity to reflect upon their experiences and time at K-State. Results are used to improve the K-State experience for future students by identifying areas of strength and areas that need further development.
Prizes are available for students who complete the survey, including $15 K-State Student Union gift card, Alumni Association photography books, $15 K-State Campus Store gift card and Varsity donuts.
Survey results of 1,718 seniors from 2015-2016 showed very positive results, including:
- 96% of respondents reported that they had a very positive (56.7%) or positive (39.3%) experience at K-State.
- 95.6% of respondents indicated that they definitely (68.9%) or probably (26.7%) would recommend K-State to others.
- 71.6% of respondents have a job lined up (48.6%) or will attend graduate school (22.9%) upon graduation.
- At least 94.9% of respondents felt that they made some or a lot of progress in:
- ability to interact positively with people who are different from themselves
- gaining a broad general education about different fields of knowledge
- ability to think critically (analytically and logically)
- understanding the ethical standards of their discipline or profession
- understanding themselves – their abilities, interests, and personality
- understanding of other people and their abilities, interests, and perspectives
- ability to participate as a team member
The entire 2015-2016 survey can be found here.
Find more information about the Senior Survey can be found here.
The National Survey of Student Engagement, or NSSE (pronounced “nessie”) has been used to measure student engagement by four-year colleges and universities across the country since 2000. K-State administers this survey every three years to first-year and senior students. The survey was administered in spring 2016 and results are now available.
The Office of Assessment will be highlighting special segments of the 2016 NSSE results on Twitter October 24th – 28th. Follow the Office of Assessment on Twitter and join the fun with the hashtag #NSSEWeek. Full results are available on the Office of Assessment NSSE website.
According to the NSSE website, “Student engagement represents two critical features of collegiate quality. The first is the amount of time and effort students put into their studies and other educationally purposeful activities. The second is how the institution deploys its resources and organizes the curriculum and other learning opportunities to get students to participate in activities that decades of research studies show are linked to student learning.”
View past NSSE results and learn more about the survey here.