Summary of FDTC's Graduate Survey 2001

Below are the results of  Florence-Darlington Technical College's (FDTC's) annual Graduate Evaluation Survey administered to all 2000-2001 graduates in attendance at graduation rehearsal May 17, 2001.  Four hundred twenty-four (424) students completed the survey.  Highlights of the survey are listed below.  The report of statistics related to the full report is attached for your further review.

Graduate Considerations of FDTC and the Future

Student Services

Graduates rated Student Services with the differentiations noted below.

Educational Programs

Students stated the following observations about their educational programs:

Education Contribution to Personal Growth

Student responses to the question, "How did your educational experience at FDTC contribute to your personal growth?" are as follows:

Optional Questions on Distance Learning Experiences

Graduates having taken any type of Distance Learning course at FDTC were asked to respond to our additional questions.  One hundred seventy-six students responded to the questions.  Their answers are summarized below.  Questions twelve and thirteen could be answered with more than one choice.

The 2001 FDTC graduates who took Distance Learning courses took the following types of courses in the following:

The following are the reasons for taking Distance Learning courses:

Of the sources for information listed, the following responses were ranked:

  1. Radio - 1.1%
  2. Advisor - 47.2%
  3. FDTC Website - 9%
  4. Line Schedule - 18.8%
  5. Other Students - 20.5%
  6. Other - 5%

Academic Advisors and other students were reported to be the two greatest sources of information on Distance Learning courses.

Graduate Evaluation Statistics 2001

424 Graduates completed the Graduation Evaluation survey.  Please keep in mind that not every student answered every question and that there were a number of questions that were designed to be answered with more than one response.

 

1.   What was your purpose for attending FDTC?

 

2.  What factors below influenced your decision to attend FDTC?

Cost 55.7%
Ease of admission 13.9%
Convenient location 57.3%
Convenient Scheduling 13.4%
Campus Visit 1.7%
Career Day/Expo 1.4%
FDTC Catalog 9.2%
FDTC Employee 0.9%
Academic program 35.4%
Friends/Relatives 17.7%
High School Counselor 4.2%
FDTC Website 0.7%
Newspaper Ads & Inserts 1.4%
TV/Radio Ads for FDTC 1.7%
FDTC Recruiter Visit 0.5%
Other 7.1%

 

3.  What are your immediate plans following graduation?

yes no

4.  Did you accomplish your educational goal?

94.1% 5.2%

5.  Is your job related to your current academic degree/diploma/certificate?

64.6% 34.0%

6.  Would you recommend FDTC to a friend or relative?

85.4% 13.4%

7.  In the future, would you consider FDTC to upgrade job skills or change careers?

80% 9.3%

8.  Ten years from not, do you plan to be working in the Pee Dee region?

60.1% 37.5%

 

9.  Please rate your satisfaction with these college services.

Excellent Good Fair Poor NA
Admissions 28.8% 49.8% 15.6% 3.3% 0.5%
Registration Process 23.6% 50.5% 17.7% 5.7% 0.5%
Financial Aid 25.2% 33.5% 18.2% 6.8% 15.8%
Career Services 22.2% 35.8% 18.9% 1.9% 18.2%
Job Placement 21.5% 30.7% 17.9% 1.7% 24.1%
Faculty Advisor 39.6% 34.2% 18.9% 5.7% 1.7%
Library 25.7% 45.0% 19.6% 3.5% 4.7%
Student Activities 17.9% 31.4% 24.1% 9.2% 14.6%
ASAP Center 26.4% 32.1% 17.0% 3.1% 18.2%
Registrar Services 26.7% 43.4% 18.6% 4.0% 3.3%
Veterans Affairs 13.0% 22.6% 7.8% 1.2% 46.7%
Class Center 23.1% 32.1% 15.3% 2.6% 24.5%
Testing/Assessment Ctr. 25.0% 37.0% 19.3% 1.9% 13.7%

 

10.  Please rate the following concerning educational programs.

Programs Excellent Good Fair Poor NA
General Education course content 28.3% 52.4% 14.4% 1.7% 2.4%
Content in your program area 32.1% 48.1% 13.9% 4.0% 0.2%
Course variety 27.4% 49.1% 17.7% 2.1% 0.7%
Quality of instruction 27.6% 44.1% 17.9% 5.4% 0.7%
Instructor availability outside of class 30.9% 41.3% 18.4% 5.7% 1.7%
College transfer procedures 24.5% 40.6% 15.3% 4.5% 11.8%
Preparation for future occupations 32.3% 48.6% 15.1% 2.4% 2.4%
Classroom Facilities 26.7% 47.6% 19.8% 3.3% 0.7%
Laboratory Facilities 24.8% 43.9% 17.9% 4.0% 7.1%
Preparation in written communication skills 26.4% 50.5% 17.7% 1.9% 1.9%
Preparation in general computer skills 28.5% 46.9% 17.2% 2.1% 3.1%
Preparation in word processing skills 27.6% 46.7% 14.9% 2.1% 6.6%

 

11.  How much did your educational experience at FDTC contribute to your personal growth in each of the following areas?

Areas Very Much Some Very Little None NA
Speaking effectively 39.4% 44.3% 7.3% 4.2% 2.8%
Comprehension of written materials and documents 38.0% 48.1% 7.3% 3.1% 1.4%
Understanding and applying math in daily life 35.8% 45.3% 9.2% 4.2% 3.5%
Organizational skills 40.6% 47.2% 7.5% 2.8% 1.2%
Determining personal and career goals 46.0% 41.3% 7.3% 2.1% 1.4%
Developing job hunting skills in your area of education 41.5% 42.0% 10.8% 4.0% 4.7%
Self confidence in expressing your ideas 43.4% 42.0% 7.8% 3.8% 1.9%
Learning on your own 46.9% 42.9% 5.7% 2.1% 0.9%
Working cooperatively with others 44.6% 43.6% 7.5% 1.4% 1.2%
Understanding different philosophies and cultures 34.9% 43.4% 10.4% 5.2% 3.5%
Developing self reliance 42.2% 42.5% 9.2% 2.8% 1.2%
Problem solving skills 40.1% 46.5% 7.8% 2.4% 1.9%
Decision making skills 40.8% 47.2% 7.1% 2.6% 1.2%
Understanding of human relations 39.9% 44.8% 8.5%