Emory Report
November 28, 2005
Volume 58, Number 12


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November 28, 2005
Class of 2005 gives high marks to Emory experience

By Eric Rangus & Jessica Gearing

According to a recently released survey of the Class of 2005, 88 percent of Emory’s most recent group of graduates were “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with the quality of their instruction, and 84 percent believed that, after spending four years on campus, Emory was the right choice for their undergraduate education.

“The survey gives outgoing seniors the opportunity to improve the lives of future students at Emory,” said Daniel Teodorescu, director of the Office of Institutional Research, which conducted the study.

Data from the responses of 363 students (37 percent of the graduating class) who graduated from Emory College in May were collected through an online survey between Feb. 1 and April 30, 2005.

Satisfaction is high in other areas, as well, particularly relationships with faculty. Some 97 percent of respondents said faculty had challenged them intellectually and had provided prompt feedback about their work. Three-quarters said they had the opportunity to work with faculty on a research project. About 43 percent report having had frequent conversations or discussions with faculty outside the classroom—up slightly from 2004.

Students were most satisfied with library services and facilities (4.24 on a five-point scale), computer services (4.17), and campus safety and security (3.94). They were least satisfied with parking (2.94) and financial aid services (3.00), although financial aid satisfaction has been on a steady upswing after the Class of 2003 rated it just 2.69 on a scale of one to five.

Interest in the liberal arts is increasing. Of all the students working toward another degree following graduation, 24 percent were seeking an M.A. or M.S. (up 2 percent). Those seeking law degrees rose points to 22 percent, while students working toward a medical degree dropped three points to 25 percent (in 2003, that rate was 31 percent).

Regarding community engagement, 87 percent of students said they had participated in community service or volunteer work at Emory, and 79 percent belonged to an academic club or organization. They were most satisfied with opportunities to attend lectures featuring faculty, students or guest speakers (82 percent) and intramural athletic opportunities (69 percent). Satisfaction with the mutual respect and good will among students from different backgrounds was graded much higher by the Class of 2005 (3.63 on a scale of 1 to 5) than the Class of 2004 (3.39).

Other statistics include 44 percent of respondents indicating they “often” or “very often” attended an artistic event, more than twice the rate of other schools rated by the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE).

Blowing off steam is important, too. Seventy-six percent of respondents exercise (versus 55 percent for other NSSE schools), and about 25 percent indicate they spend more than 20 hours a week relaxing or socializing. Only 12 percent of students at other NSSE schools do so.