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University Connections Survey 2012


FINDINGS: STUDENTS' EXPERIENCES WITH THE CONNECTIONS COURSE (See Table 3)

The survey includes questions requiring students to rate the extent to which they agreed or disagreed with statements about Connections as it related to course content and assignments. Results are discussed in the order that the questions appear on the survey.

When asked if the Connections course helped ease their transition to USU, 78.5% of the respondents strongly agreed or agreed while 6.3% disagreed or strongly disagreed. A slight majority of respondents (58.8%) strongly agreed or agreed that making friends at USU was easier because of Connections. Fifteen percent of these respondents disagreed or strongly disagreed.

Students were asked if the literature assignment "The Beast in the Garden" helped introduce them to college-level academic work. A plurality of respondents (41.8%) agreed or strongly agreed, while 27.6% disagreed or strongly disagreed. When asked if in the Connections course they received information that allowed them to know what was expected of them in their academic work, 75.1% agreed or strongly agreed. Eight percent of the respondents disagreed or strongly disagreed. Seventy-six percent of the respondents said the course enabled them to feel more comfortable contacting their professors, but 7.9% disagreed or strongly disagreed.

Eighteen percent of the respondents would not encourage friends to attend Connections, while 62.6% of the respondents would. A majority of respondents (85.6%) strongly agreed or agreed that because of the course they were more informed about campus events, while 4.2% disagreed or strongly disagreed. Seventy-eight percent of the respondents strongly agreed or agreed that they were satisfied with their Connections experience, while 6.5% disagreed or strongly disagreed.

When evaluating whether the Connections course helped students learn how to manage their time more effectively, 62.4% agreed or strongly agreed that it did. Thirteen percent of the respondents indicated that it did not help them to manage their time more effectively. Students were then asked if the "Aggie Think, Care, Act" presentation provided useful information about decision making in college. Fifty-five percent of the respondents agreed or strong agreed that it did, but 15% indicated that it did not provide useful information about decision making in college. Seventy-three percent of the respondents agreed or strongly agreed that the technology workshop provided useful information, while 7% of the respondents disagreed or strongly disagreed.

Eighty percent of the respondents thought that the peer mentor assistance was important to the course, but 5.8% did not. Seventy-nine percent of the respondents said they were glad that there were evening activities for Connections students, while 4.7% disagreed or strongly disagreed.

When asked if the Connections course assignments helped students understand more about what is expected of them in their academic coursework, 65.5% of the respondents agreed or strongly agreed, while 12.4% disagreed or strongly disagreed. Seventy percent of the respondents would recommend the Connections course to other students, but 9.6% would not. When evaluating the library workshop, only 17.9% of the respondents indicated that because of the workshop they would be more likely to ask library staff for assistance. Note that a majority of the respondents (62.7%) strongly disagreed or disagreed that they would be more likely to ask library staff for assistance because of the workshop. A majority of respondents (66%) said that the Convocations speaker made the literature assignment more meaningful and 14% said it did not.

Eighty percent of the respondents said that they learned how to use the Connections Canvas site during the technology workshop, while 8.2% did not. Eighty-six percent of the respondents strongly agreed or agreed that the Canvas website was easy to navigate, while 3.7% disagreed or strongly disagreed.

When asked if the "Welcome to USU Fair" provided useful information that helped students feel more connected to USU and the local community, 64.3% agreed or strongly agreed. Nine percent of the respondents disagreed or strongly disagreed that the "Welcome to USU Fair" helped them feel more connected to USU or the local community.



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