In the spring of 1997, Student Affairs in collaboration with Associated Students and the Graduate Student Association surveyed undergraduates for their opinions regarding the strengths and weaknesses of campus life. By answering a locally developed questionnaire, respondents provided their counsel about a variety of campus programs and services, and evaluated various aspects of the UCSD environment. Overall, a total of 2,393 students participated in the study. The results showed that for the vast majority of students at UCSD the academic environment has met or exceeded their expectations. For many students, however, the social environment has been less than expected.
|ACADEMIC/SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT||Better than expected/|
|QUALITY OF INSTRUCTION||Very Satisfied/|
|Faculty instruction in major field of study||78%|
|TA/graduate student instruction||59%|
|Variety of courses offered at UCSD||67%|
|Course content in major||67%|
|FACILIITES AND SERVICES|
|RIMAC(Recreation, IntraMural, AthleticComplex)||88%|
|CAMPUS CLIMATE||Strongly agree/|
|Campus is safe and secure||78%|
|Would recommend UCSD||70%|
|Would choose UCSD again if starting over||63%|
|Feel welcome at UCSD||61%|
|Faculty are helpful||60%|
|Students are friendly||55%|
|Feel a sense of belonging||49%|
The vast majority of students currently enrolled at UCSD (87%) report that the academic environment on campus has met or exceeded their expectations. While the academic environment exceeds most students' expectations, fewer than half (40%) report that their expectations vis-a-vis UCSD's social environment have been met.
More than two-thirds of all undergraduates report being "satisfied" or "very satisfied" with faculty instruction (72%), the variety of courses offered at UCSD (67%), library facilities (85%), classroom facilities (72%) and the like.
Although there is almost universal approval (88%) of the campus' relatively new Recreation, Intramural, and Athletic Complex (RIMAC), few students (15%) are satisfied with parking services.
Compared to the general population, fewer transfer students, commuter students, students who work more than 20 hours per week, and under-represented students are satisfied with the social climate at UCSD. Most troublesome for under-represented students is the perceived atmosphere of ethnic and political understanding on campus.
Although under-represented students, as compared to other groups, are less satisfied with the social environment, most students, irrespective of background characteristic, would recommend UCSD to others (70%), would choose UCSD again if starting over (63%), feel welcome at UCSD (61%) and perceive the campus as being safe and secure (78%).
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