Survey indicates students pleased with Queen's experience
A survey of graduating undergraduate and professional students shows that the university continues to meet the learning and development needs and expectations of students.
“The exit poll administered to the 2011 graduating class demonstrates students are satisfied with the teaching and learning environment both inside and outside the classroom,” says Teresa Alm, Interim University Registrar.
Seventy-nine per cent of respondents strongly agree or agree that their overall Queen’s experience was excellent. Seventy-seven per cent of the respondents strongly agree or agree the education they received at Queen’s contributed greatly to their learning and development.
Respondents to the poll answered questions related to the quality of the learning environment, Queen’s contribution to their learning and development, Queen’s services and facilities, and their accumulated university debt and post-graduation plans. Some of the highlights from those questions include:
• Students highly value an overall learning experience that is intellectually stimulating and enjoyable; furthermore, they are satisfied that Queen’s meets those expectations. Students also agreed that instructors took an active interest in student learning and showed a positive attitude toward students;
• Students found that a Queen’s education contributed to their critical judgment and problem-solving skills, which they ranked as most important for their learning and development;
• Eighty-five per cent of the 2011 poll respondents, the first to benefit from access to the Athletics and Recreation Centre for a full year, was satisfied with the athletics facilities, up from 71 per cent in 2010;
• The vast majority of respondents indicated they intend to seek employment or further study toward advanced or professional degrees after graduation.
The exit poll, first administered in 1995, is one tool used by faculties and units to measure progress toward stated objectives. The results of previous Exit Polls dating back to 2001 can be viewed online.