Foundations of Excellence® New Student Survey for Four-Year Institutions

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Academic standing:

Reasons for Enrollment

To what degree: Not at all 1 Slightly 2 Moderately 3 High 4 Very high 5 Not applicable
Do you understand this institution's intended learning goals for the first year of college

Are you a transfer student from another college or university?

What type of institution did you attend prior to coming here?

Not at all 1 Slightly 2 Moderately 3 High 4 Very high 5 Not applicable
To what degree has this institution provided you opportunities for involvement in special academic activities such as research with faculty, internships, or co-op programs?

Transfer Process

In transferring to this institution, to what degree: Not at all 1 Slightly 2 Moderately 3 High 4 Very high 5 Not applicable
Did your courses from previous institutions transfer as you expected
Were you able to enroll in the courses you need for your intended major this term
If you attended a "transfer student orientation," did it provide you the information you needed (if you did not attend, please mark NA)
Did you receive your transcript analysis in a timely manner to enable appropriate first-term course selection
Were on-campus residential accommodations available for you
Were adequate financial aid and scholarships available for you

Campus Environment

At this institution, to what degree do you, as a transfer student: Not at all 1 Slightly 2 Moderately 3 High 4 Very high 5 Not applicable
Feel welcomed by the campus community
Receive unbiased treatment from faculty and staff

Pre-enrollment

Prior to attending this college/university, to what degree did this institution accurately communicate the following: Not at all 1 Slightly 2 Moderately 3 High 4 Very high 5 Not applicable
Academic expectations for students
Available academic majors
Tuition and living expenses
Financial aid opportunities

Making Connections

As a new student, to what degree has this institution: Not at all 1 Slightly 2 Moderately 3 High 4 Very high 5 Not applicable
Connected you with other new students
Connected you with continuing students
Connected you with faculty members outside of class
Connected you with academic support outside the classroom (e.g., tutoring, advising)
Helped your family feel a part of your college experience

Out-of-Class Activities

To what degree has this institution: Not at all 1 Slightly 2 Moderately 3 High 4 Very high 5 Not applicable
Communicated the importance of out-of-class activities
Provided opportunities for involvement in out-of-class activities that interested you

Academic Advising

To what degree have faculty/staff advisors: Not at all 1 Slightly 2 Moderately 3 High 4 Very high 5 Not applicable
Explained the requirements for specific academic majors
Helped you select courses
Discussed how college can help you achieve your life goals
Discussed what it takes for you to be academically successful
Discussed your future enrollment plans (e.g., stay, drop-out, transfer)

Not at all 1 Slightly 2 Moderately 3 High 4 Very high 5 Not applicable
Overall, to what degree are you satisfied with academic advising at this institution?

Focus on Diversity

To what degree is this institution exposing you to different: Not at all 1 Slightly 2 Moderately 3 High 4 Very high 5 Not applicable
World cultures
World religions
Political perspectives
Issues related to social class/economic status (poverty vs. privilege)

Interactions

Within the following groups, to what degree does this institution provide opportunities for interaction with individuals from differing backgrounds and cultures: Not at all 1 Slightly 2 Moderately 3 High 4 Very high 5 Not applicable
Other students at this institution
Faculty and staff at this institution
People outside this institution

Standards of Behavior

To what degree does this institution communicate the importance of: Not at all 1 Slightly 2 Moderately 3 High 4 Very high 5 Not applicable
Respecting others with differing opinions
Standards of behavior in an academic community
Acknowledging the source of ideas not your own
Academic honesty
Ethical conduct

Organization of this Institution

To what degree do you understand how your institution is organized so that you know where to go if you: Not at all 1 Slightly 2 Moderately 3 High 4 Very high 5 Not applicable
Have an administrative question (e.g., financial aid, registration, tuition payments)
Have a question about academic rules (e.g., withdrawal, academic probation)
Need help with your coursework (e.g., tutoring, academic support)
Need help with non-academic matters (e.g., money management, family matters)
Want to be involved with an institution-sponsored organization / event

To what degree do: Not at all 1 Slightly 2 Moderately 3 High 4 Very high 5 Not applicable
Faculty/staff refer you to the right office when you have questions

Campus Environment

At this institution, to what degree do you feel: Not at all 1 Slightly 2 Moderately 3 High 4 Very high 5 Not applicable
Physically safe on campus
Respected by others
You can express your beliefs without concern about how others will react
Your academic needs are met
Your social needs are met
You belong

Reasons for Enrollment

To what degree: Not at all 1 Slightly 2 Moderately 3 High 4 Very high 5 Not applicable
Have faculty/staff helped you examine your personal reasons for getting a college education

To what degree does this institution help you understand how attending college: Not at all 1 Slightly 2 Moderately 3 High 4 Very high 5 Not applicable
Increases knowledge for your future employment
Increases knowledge for your personal growth
Prepares you to be an involved member of your community
Prepares you to contribute to the betterment of society

Quality of Courses and Instruction - Think about the last class that you attended prior to taking this survey. Please answer the following questions based on your experiences in this course during this term.

For the COURSE you identified above, to what degree is the course appropriate for your level of academic preparation regarding the following areas: Too difficult 1 Difficult 2 About right 3 Easy 4 Too easy 5 Not applicable
Writing skills
Reading skills
Library research skills
Mathematical skills
Computing skills

For the COURSE you identified above, to what degree: Not at all 1 Seldom 2 Sometimes 3 Often 4 Always 5 Not applicable
Is the course material valuable to you
Has this instructor helped you learn the course material

For the COURSE you identified above, to what degree does the instructor: Not at all 1 Seldom 2 Sometimes 3 Often 4 Always 5 Not applicable
Provide individual attention
Treat all students fairly regardless of gender/race/ethnicity
Provide prompt feedback about how well you are doing in the course
Encourage you to ask questions in class
Effectively organize the course material
Communicate concepts clearly
Use effective teaching methods
Communicate academic expectations to you
Encourage you to participate in course-related, out-of class events (e.g., lectures, concerts, exhibits)
Make him/herself available outside of class

Is the COURSE you identified above:

OVERALL EVALUATION

Overall, to what degree has this institution: Not at all 1 Slightly 2 Moderately 3 High 4 Very high 5 Not applicable
Provided you the right amount of attention and support
Helped you make the transition to college
Been a good place for college students like you
Helped you succeed as a student

Overall, to what degree: Not at all 1 Slightly 2 Moderately 3 High 4 Very high 5 Not applicable
Would you recommend this institution to friends
Are you satisfied with your decision to attend this institution
Is this institution committed to the success of new students

To what degree has your college experience allowed you to: Not at all 1 Slightly 2 Moderately 3 High 4 Very high 5 Not applicable
Expand your awareness of issues
Discuss a broader range of topics
Better defend your position on issues

To what degree has your college experience influenced: Not at all 1 Slightly 2 Moderately 3 High 4 Very high 5 Not applicable
Your ability to make better decisions
Your ability to objectively evaluate information

Very poor 1 Poor 2 Neutral 3 Good 4 Excellent 5
Comparing the cost of attending this institution to the quality of the educational experience, please rate the overall value of the experience

Number of semesters/quarters in which you have enrolled at this institution, including the current term:
Current enrollment status:
Have you declared a major?
Gender:
Which best describes your high school grades?
Race/ethnicity
Age:
Average number of HOURS PER WEEK you spend in outside the classroom course preparation (e.g., homework, studying, research) during the current term:
Which best describes your college enrollment next year?
Where do you currently live?
Which best describes your level of activity in campus-sponsored, out-of-class activities?
Do you have a paying job?
Average number of hours spent per week during the current term working for pay:
What was the highest education level obtained by either of your parents?