2007 Sophomore Satisfaction Survey

Executive Summary:

Sue Erickson
Carmen Williams

Office of Institutional Research
August 16, 2007

A paper format Sophomore Satisfaction Survey (SSS) initiated in 1993 gave the University of North Dakota the capacity to determine sophomore's satisfaction with their experiences at UND. The survey is intended to extract a variety of information from the students including issues such as: overall satisfaction with the university experience, student involvement, cognitive and affective development, technological uses, as well as their goals to study and graduate from UND.  This survey instrument had been used subsequently in 1996, 1999, 2002, and 2005. (UND Institutional Review Board approval # IRB-200702-219)

The Sophomore Satisfaction Survey website and web-based survey were utilized for the second time by the Office of Institutional Research to implement the survey. On February 26, 2007 , an invitation from the Office of Institutional Research was electronically mailed to 700 sampled sophomores to inform them about the SSS hosting website and the SSS instrument. On this email, a special password was assigned to each respondent to ensure access was limited to the sampled population. Fifteen emails were undeliverable. On February 28, a 48-hour postcard announcement was sent to those sophomores with undeliverable email address along with those who had not yet participated. Two additional follow-up reminders were sent on March 7 and March 21. Of the adjusted number of the sampled population (685 sophomores), 219 sophomores returned completed questionnaires by the end of the data collection period on May 23, 2007 . It yielded a net response rate of 31.9%.

A total of 219 sophomores consisting of 84 males, 123 females, 1 respondent who did not report his/her gender, and 11 sophomores who didn't report data for section 1 of the survey participated in this survey. The majority of the respondents to the 2007 Sophomore Satisfaction Survey were white (93.8%), twenty years or younger in age (85.2%), and unmarried (97.1%). Thirty-six percent of the respondents lived in the UND residence halls. Less than 4 percent (3.9%) of respondents live with their parents. The remaining 60.6% live in off-campus housing or Greek housing.

Respondents were assigned a college based on their reported primary major. Among 219 respondents, 65 were majoring in the College of Arts and Sciences (31.25%), 47 from the College of Business & Public Administration (22.6%), 34 from the School of Aerospace Sciences (16.4%), 23 from the College of Education & Human Development (11.1%), 13 from the College of Nursing (6.3%), 12 from the School of Engineering & Mines (5.8%), and 10 from the School of Medicine & Health Sciences (4.8%). 4 were undecided majors (1.9%), and 11 did not report his/her primary major.


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