Office of Institutional Research and Planning
2009 Senior Survey Results
The KU Senior Survey assesses the level of student satisfaction on a broad range of university
experiences. The survey is administered to seniors during their spring term and has been conducted
eight times since 1977. Results from the 2009 survey indicate that student satisfaction is high in
- 90% of respondents were satisfied with their overall education and would attend KU again.
- Satisfaction with many academic experiences is at a high level.
- Students increasingly report participating in a number of education experiences, such as research
outside of the classroom, service learning/community service, study abroad, and a culminating senior
- The Senior Survey was developed as part of a project at the six Kansas Board of Regents
universities to develop a baseline measure of the level of student satisfaction with the
university experience with a deliberate timetable for reassessment.
- The 2009 Senior Survey was conducted in April 2009, being administered online for the second
time. A copy of the survey instrument can be viewed at:
2009 Senior Survey Instrument
- Results from 1992 to the present are included in the 2009 reports.
- Survey question categories include:
- Satisfaction with the KU experience
- Goals of General Education
- Courses and Academic Advising
- Additional Educational Experiences
- College Outcomes
- Academic Resources
- University Services
- Facilities, Services and Programs
- Education Related Debt
- Future Plans
- Survey Evaluation
- In the 2009 reports, streamlined data decisions as well as changes in university organization
have resulted in some slight changes from prior year reports. Survey respondents have been
grouped by the degree program in which they graduated during the year surveyed, if applicable,
or by their academic plan as recorded in student records, not by self-reported major. Responses
are also grouped into academic units active for the 2009-2010 academic year, not by the unit
governing the student's degree program at the time surveyed. Responses from previous years for
primary major only included. Percentages in the reports are calculated using total number of
rankable responses for that question as denominator. The number of respondents has been divided
by the total number of spring degree recipients in a unit as a proxy for response rate, since
rates are not available for all units.
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