Each year, the Office of Institutional Research and Planning conducts a survey regarding the experiences of UMKC students in their senior year. The survey’s results provide valuable insights into the effectiveness of our curricular and co-curricular programs. The results also assist the University in preparing to meet the needs of future students.
Major findings from the 2010-2011 Senior Survey include the following:
- General Education Assessment: Three-fourths or more of the respondents agreed that UMKC had helped them improve their critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, broaden their knowledge of arts and sciences, and improve their written and oral communication skills.
- Overall Experience at UMKC: Eight in 10 respondents rated their overall experience at UMKC as either good or excellent. Not surprisingly, three-fourths or more of the respondents indicated they would choose to attend UMKC again if they had it to do all over. These findings are especially noteworthy when one considers the fact that nearly half of the respondents indicated UMKC was not their first choice when they decided to attend college.
- Satisfaction with UMKC Services and Programs: Respondents indicated they were most satisfied with these aspects of their university experience: availability of faculty outside of class; personal safety on campus; the admissions process; content of courses; quality of instruction; the registration process; and the library. Roughly one quarter of the respondents were dissatisfied with Academic Advising, Financial Aid, and the availability of courses. More than half of the respondents were dissatisfied with parking.
- Future Plans: A majority of the respondents indicated their primary future activity was most likely going to be working full-time. In addition, more than half of the respondents indicated that they would be attending graduate school part-time or full-time. Of the students planning to attend graduate school, 34percent indicated that they planned to conduct their graduate studies at UMKC.
A more detailed review of the survey results is located on the Institutional Research and Planning website. Results by academic unit will be disseminated in the early part of 2012.
If you have comments or questions regarding this report, please email or call (816-235-1045) Larry Bunce Director of Institutional Research.