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Oct. 27, 2006 Communique

Recent graduates pleased with UCCS education

More than 93 percent of recent graduates from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs were satisfied with their education and 91 percent would recommend their field of study to others, according to a recently completed survey of the Class of 2006.

The survey was completed by the Office of Institutional Research and Kristin Rice, campus learning outcomes coordinator.  Of the 1,140 students who graduated last May, 1,099 completed the survey. The 96 percent response rate provided university officials confidence that survey results were accurate.

“I am appreciative of those who responded to the survey and who validated the dedication of faculty and staff members to ensure that the UCCS student experience is positive,” Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak said. “These surveys are valuable tools in understanding student needs.”

Of the students who completed the survey, 48 percent planned to seek employment or to continue at their current job. Another 23 percent planned to seek employment and attend graduate school while 14 percent planned to attend graduate school full-time.

Most UCCS students said they attended the university with the goal of become better qualified for future employment (40 percent). Another 18 percent said their bachelor’s degree was designed to prepare them for graduate studies. Personal fulfillment or the desire to have a general education was cited by 18 percent of respondents.

Students cited their UCCS education for helping them to “work with others” and improving their “problem solving skills.” The majority of graduating seniors – 88 percent – said they had met with UCCS faculty members outside of regular classroom hours.

Those same seniors also freely gave advice to new UCCS students, recommending that students “get involved” in the campus, “study,” and use the academic advising services of the Student Success Center and their academic program.

For more detailed survey information, visit http://www.uccs.edu/~IRPAGE/Assessment_Index/surveys.htm.