NON-ATTENDING STUDENT SURVEY

May 2005

 

(Mail questionnaire administered to 98 "new" students for fall 2004 and spring 2005 who had either cancelled their registration before the start of the term or cancelled completely during the 1st two weeks.)

Response rate: 22 of 98 (23%)

 

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DIRECTIONS: The following questions provide information helpful to UMC in improving programs and services to better serve students. Please answer each question to the best of your ability.

 

1. There are many reasons why students decide to change their minds about attending a specific college. Indicate whether each of the following was a MAJOR reason a MINOR reason or NOT A REASON for your decision to leave or not attend UMC.

 

 

 

MAJOR REASON

 

MINOR REASON

MAJOR OR MINOR REASON

Q.1-1 Decided to attend a different college

47.6%

14.3%

61.9%

Q.1-2 Wanted a break from my college studies

5.3%

5.3%

10.6%

Q.1-3 Wanted to move (or was transferred) to a new location

11.1%

5.6%

16.7%

Q.1-4 Uncertain about the value of a college education

10.0%

10.0%

20.0%

Q.1-5 Did not like the size of this college

0.0%

15.0%

15.0%

Q.1-6 Experienced emotional problems

0.0%

15.8%

15.8%

Q.1-7 Felt alone or isolated

5.0%

10.0%

15.0%

Q.1-8 Wanted to live nearer to my parents or loved ones

20.0%

5.0%

25.0%

Q.1-9 Wanted to travel

5.3%

5.3%

10.6%

Q.1-10 Dissatisfied with my grades

5.3%

0.0%

5.3%

Q.1-11 Courses were too difficult

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

Q.1-12 Inadequate study habits

5.3%

5.3%

10.6%

Q.1-13 Too many required courses

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

Q.1-14 Disappointed with the quality of instruction at this college

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

Q.1-15 Desired major was not offered by this college

15.8%

5.3%

21.1%

Q.1-16 Academic advising was inadequate

0.0%

10.5%

10.5%

Q.1-17 Experienced class scheduling problems

10.5%

10.5%

21.0%

Q.1-18 Impersonal attitude of college faculty or staff

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

Q.1-19 Dissatisfied with the social life at this college

10.5%

10.5%

21.0%

Q.1-20 Tuition and fees were more than I could afford

5.0%

25.0%

30.0%

Q.1-21 Wanted to get work experience

0.0%

15.8%

15.8%

Q.1-22 Accepted a full-time job

16.7%

5.6%

22.3%

Q.1-23 Courses at this college were not challenging enough

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

Q.1-24 Too few courses offered online via the web

0.0%

5.3%

5.3%

Q.1-25 Other reason(s) not listed above

36.8%

15.8%

52.6%

 


2. Please indicate your satisfaction with each of the following aspects of UMC.

 

 

VERY SATISFIED/

SATISFIED

NEUTRAL

VERY DISSATISFIED/

DISSATISFIED

DOES

NOT APPLY

Q.2-1 Attitude of faculty toward students

40.0%

20.0%

5.0%

35.0%

Q.2-2 Attitude of non-teaching staff toward students

35.0%

30.0%

0.0%

35.0%

Q.2-3 Availability of classes at times I could take them

20.0%

40.0%

10.0%

30.0%

Q.2-4 Concern for me as an individual

35.0%

35.0%

0.0%

30.0%

Q.2-5 Flexibility to design my own program of study

30.0%

30.0%

10.0%

30.0%

Q.2-6 General condition of buildings, classrooms, and grounds

45.0%

20.0%

5.0%

30.0%

Q.2-7 General registration procedures

42.2%

31.6%

0.0%

26.3%

Q.2-8 Opportunities for personal involvement in on campus activities

30.0%

15.0%

10.0%

45.0%

Q.2-9 Opportunities for student employment

10.0%

25.0%

10.0%

55.0%

Q.2-10 Out-of-class availability of instructors

21.1%

26.3%

0.0%

52.6%

Q.2-11 Preparation I was receiving for my future occupation

20.0%

25.0%

0.0%

55.0%

Q.2-12 Quality of instruction in general education courses

21.1%

21.1%

0.0%

57.9%

Q.2-13 Quality of instruction in my major

21.0%

15.8%

5.3%

57.9%

Q.2-14 Testing and grading

15.0%

20.0%

5.0%

60.0%

Q.2-15 Variety of courses offered

40.0%

35.0%

0.0%

25.0%

Q.2-16 Support and technical assistance with online courses

15.0%

20.0%

10.0%

55.0%

Q.2-17 UMC in general

60.0%

30.0%

0.0%

10.0%

 

Q.3 What was your intended goal when planning to attend UMC? (select only one)

 

Choice

Count

Percentage Answered

1. No definite purpose in mind

0

0.0%

2. To take a few courses for self-improvement

1

4.8%

3. To take courses necessary for transferring to another college

0

0.0%

4. To obtain an Associate Degree (two-year degree) and transfer to another college

0

0.0%

5. To obtain an Associate Degree (two-year degree) and obtain employment after graduation

1

4.8%

6. To obtain a Baccalaureate Degree (four-year degree) and obtain employment after graduation

13

61.9%

7. To obtain a Baccalaureate Degree (four-year degree) and transfer to another college to take graduate work (e.g., Masters, Doctorate, Law, Medicine)

6

28.6%

 


Q.4 Which of the following best describes what you are currently doing?

Choice

Count

Percentage Answered

1. Employed full-time

7

31.8%

2. Employed part-time

0

0.0%

3. Serving in armed forces

0

0.0%

4. Continuing my education

15

68.2%

5. Caring for a home/family

0

0.0%

6. Unemployed

0

0.0%

7. Other (please describe):

0

0.0%

 

Q.4Specified-1 Other (please describe):

Item

Frequency

Percent

(Not Answered)

22

100.0%

(Total)

22

100.0%

 

Q.5 If you answered "continuing my education" to Q. 4, what college/school are you attending? (If your college is not included in the following list skip to question #6 below).

Choice

Count

Percentage Answered

1. Bemidji State University, Bemidji, MN

2

28.6%

2. Mayville State College, Mayville, ND

0

0.0%

3. Minnesota State University, Moorhead, MN

0

0.0%

4. North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND

0

0.0%

5. Northland Community & Technical College, East Grand Forks/Thief River Falls

1

14.3%

6. South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD

1

14.3%

7. St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN

1

14.3%

8. University of Minnesota, Duluth Campus

0

0.0%

9. University of Minnesota, Morris Campus

0

0.0%

10. University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus

0

0.0%

11. University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND

2

28.6%

12. University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire

0

0.0%

13. University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point

0

0.0%

14. Valley City State University, Valley City, ND

0

0.0%

15. Not listed

0

0.0%

 

Q.6-1 College name (please do not abbreviate): -

Jamestown College

Jamestown

ND

Lees McRae College

Bannerelle

NC

North Dakota State College of Science

Wahpeton

ND

Ridgewater College

Willmar

MN

Schiller

Dunedin

FL

Southern Illinois

Carbondale

IL

Universal Technical Institute

Glendale

IL

UW Marshfield

Marshfield

WI

 

Q.7 What choice of colleges/schools was UMC when you first applied to attend ?

 

Choice

Count

Percentage Answered

1. First choice

13

61.9%

2. Second choice

6

28.6%

3. Third choice

2

9.5%

4. Fourth or greater choice

0

0.0%

 

Q.8 When did you cancel your registration at UMC?

 

Choice

Count

Percentage Answered

1. Before classes began

19

95.0%

2. During the first two-weeks of class

1

5.0%

3. After the third week of class

0

0.0%

 

Q.9 Do you ever intend to enroll at UMC in the future?

 

Choice

Count

Percentage Answered

1. Definitely YES

2

9.5%

2. Probably YES

5

23.8%

3. Unsure

6

28.6%

4. Probably NO

5

23.8%

5. Definitely NO

3

14.3%

 

Q.10 What type of school did you attend prior to applying for admission to UMC?

 

Choice

Count

Percentage Answered

1. High School

7

33.3%

2. Vocational/Technical School

2

9.5%

3. 2-year College

7

33.3%

4. 4-year College

5

23.8%

 

Q.11-1 First Name - Last Name

 

Q.12 Please add any comments you may have.

After I applied and got in to UMC I decided I wanted to change the direction of my education. Although now it is still linked to the courses offered at UMC. So I may decide to attend in the future.

When the time is right w/me and my family I will cont my education

I really liked the college but was unsure about my major. I would really like to get my B.A. in Accounting from UMC eventually. I'd like to take all my classes online though.

I have one acct class to complete my BS from UMC. I am currently working toward completion of class through BYU online. I would have preferred to do ACCT II through UMC online but is not offered -- also BYU allows more freedom w/schedule -- class completion w/in 1 year.

Campus was beautiful and eventually plan to attend. Was concerned with the lack of library volumes -- would like more books.

Registration for online courses & how they are designed to work is confusing. I assumed (incorrectly) that I would take an online course & work on it anytime (3 p.m. or 3 a.m., whenever my schedule allowed).

Not enough scholarships offered to entice students vs. other universities

I was very please with the tour, faculty and all the help I received. The main reason I could not attend was because I got accepted into the Radiologic Technology program at Northland in EGF, MN. Thanks for your help!

I didn't attend UMC because of family/personal issues. I really liked the campus and wished I would have attended.

Had a family member deployed overseas. Knew time would not allow to do both.

I made application in an attempt to finish a modified B.S. degree plan that I started 30 years ago -- the people I had contact with were very understanding and supportive. Circumstances at the same time allowed me to start my own business. That is the reason I chose not to start after I had registered. Thank you very much -- and who knows maybe in another 30 years I'll get to finish

I really think UMC but had good friends convince me to go to SDSU at the last minute. I was really impressed with Crookston and the help they gave to transfer students.

I was very impressed with UMC. I wish more summer courses were offered, but I need to defer my enrollment because of a life change not because of UMC

 

THANK YOU!


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