2008 Survey of Graduating Seniors
Findings of Note
- Graduating seniors continue to report high rates of involvement in student organizations (86%) and community service (85%) during their time at the university. Additionally, 53% of seniors report holding leadership roles in student organizations.
- New to the survey this year was a series of questions that asked graduating students to indicate the level of perceived personal impact from a variety of co-curricular student learning opportunities. Not surprisingly, the most marked impact came from experiences with significant duration and intensity (study abroad, international experiences, internships, and practicum/co-op/clinical/field experiences).
- When factoring for both rates of participation as well as level of perceived impact, participation in a student organization is the greatest source of impact on undergraduate students of the all the learning opportunities measured by the survey.
- A series of questions asked seniors to indicate how completion of courses in the Marquette Core of Common Studies had improved their abilities related to the goals of the Core. Similar to last year’s findings, understanding and applying math and statistical concepts continues to be the Core area where graduating seniors report the least improvement as a result of completing courses in the Core. Data from these questions are closely examined annually by the Core Curriculum Review Committee in their assessment and improvement efforts.
- At the time the survey was completed (April – one month prior to graduation), 72% of seniors had secured post-graduation plans: 42% had been offered a full-time job, 26% had been accepted to a grad/professional program, and 4% had accepted a full-time service position.
- Students reported very high rates of satisfaction with their Marquette education and their chosen major area of study.
Download the Executive Summary report here.
Download the Data Tables from the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment website.