NON-ENROLLED STUDENT SURVEY

March 2005

 

(Administered to 62 students who had completed prior UMC coursework but who were not enrolled either Fall 2004 or Spring 2005 semesters.)

Response Rate: 19 of 62 (30.6%)

 

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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 terminate their college enrollment. Indicate whether each of the following was a MAJOR reason a MINOR reason or NOT A REASON for your decision to leave UMC.

 

 

MAJOR

MINOR

REASON

N

%

N

%

Decided to attend a different college

9

47.4%

2

10.5%

Wanted a break from my college studies

3

15.8%

1

5.3%

Wanted to move (or was transferred) to a new location

6

31.6%

3

15.8%

Uncertain about the value of a college education

2

10.5%

3

15.8%

Did not like the size of this college

1

5.3%

2

10.5%

Experienced emotional problems

0

0.0%

4

21.1%

Felt alone or isolated

1

5.3%

4

21.1%

Wanted to live nearer to my parents or loved ones

3

15.8%

4

21.1%

Wanted to travel

4

21.1%

1

5.3%

Dissatisfied with my grades

1

5.3%

1

5.3%

Courses were too difficult

0

0.0%

0

0.0%

Inadequate study habits

1

5.3%

0

0.0%

Too many required courses

0

0.0%

0

0.0%

Disappointed with the quality of instruction at this college

2

10.5%

3

15.8%

Desired major was not offered by this college

2

10.5%

3

15.8%

Academic advising was inadequate

4

21.1%

2

10.5%

Experienced class scheduling problems

1

5.3%

2

10.5%

Impersonal attitude of college faculty or staff

1

5.3%

2

10.5%

Dissatisfied with the social life at this college

4

21.1%

3

15.8%

Tuition and fees were more than I could afford

5

26.3%

5

26.3%

Wanted to get work experience

0

0.0%

1

5.3%

Accepted a full-time job

0

0.0%

1

5.3%

Courses at this college were not challenging enough

0

0.0%

1

5.3%

Too few courses offered online via the web

0

0.0%

1

5.3%

Other reason(s) not listed above

0

0.0%

3

15.8%

 


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

 

 

Very Satisfied/

Satisfied

 

 

Neutral

Very Dissatisfied/

Dissatisfied

Q.2-1 Attitude of faculty toward students

78.9%

5.3%

10.6%

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

68.4

15.8

0.0

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

47.4

26.3

15.8

Q.2-4 Concern for me as an individual

47.4

15.8

21.0

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

47.4

21.1

21.0

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

42.1

26.3

15.8

Q.2-7 General registration procedures

57.9

31.6

0.0

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

52.6

26.3

5.3

Q.2-9 Opportunities for student employment

33.3

27.8

22.2

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

42.2

31.6

10.6

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

31.6

26.3

31.6

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

52.6

26.3

10.6

Q.2-13 Quality of instruction in my major

47.4

36.8

10.5

Q.2-14 Testing and grading

47.3

36.8

10.5

Q.2-15 Variety of courses offered

36.8

31.6

26.3

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

42.2

42.1

10.5

Q.2-17 UMC in general

55.5

16.7

27.8

 

 


Q.3 For what purpose did you originally enter 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

0

0.0%

3. To take courses necessary for transferring to another college

1

5.6%

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

2

11.1%

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

0

0.0%

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

15

83.3%

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

0

0.0%

 

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

 

Choice

Count

Percentage

Answered

1. Employed full-time

6

31.6%

2. Employed part-time

1

5.3%

3. Serving in armed forces

1

5.3%

4. Continuing my education

10

52.6%

5. Caring for a home/family

0

0.0%

6. Unemployed

1

5.3%

7. Other (please describe):

0

0.0%

 

Q.4 Other (please describe):

(no responses)

 

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

0

0.0%

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

0

0.0%

6. South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD

0

0.0%

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

1

25.0%

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

1

25.0%

11. University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND

1

25.0%

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

1

25.0%

 

6. Answer this question only if the college or school you are currently attending was not listed in question #5 above.

 

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

Bismarck State College

Bismarck

ND

Lake Region State College

Devils Lake

ND

Langa Air Academy

East Alton

IL

Midway College

Midway

Kentucky

Minnesota Community Technical College

Minneaspolis

MN

Stephens College

Columbia

MO

UMC

 

 

UMC

 

 

 

Q.7 Do you intend to return to UMC in the future?

 

Choice

Count

Percentage

Answered

1. Definitely YES

1

5.6%

2. Probably YES

2

11.1%

3. Unsure

4

22.2%

4. Probably NO

3

16.7%

5. Definitely NO

8

44.4%

 

Q.8-1 Name

 

Q.9 What type of school did you attend prior to applying for admission to UMC?

 

Choice

Count

Percentage

Answered

1. High School

9

50.0%

2. Vocational/Technical School

4

22.2%

3. 2-year College

4

22.2%

4. 4-year College

1

5.6%

 

Q.10 Please add any comments you may have

Age was a factor in decision -- 52

I did not return to UMC due to a separation, then divorce of my marriage. I had to relocate. I miss being a student at UMC. I miss the instructors that I had the privilege of meeting.

My problem was not w/UMC but was w/ its affiliate UNDAF (University of North Dakota Aerospace Foundation) Flight Training was slow due to lack of willingness from Instructors to teach the students. In my training it took 1 year to receive my private pilots license and in the time frame of the the 1zzz (inst. flying) ground school I was able to receive all my inst. training. I left to go to a better school and yes I will think about coming back but depending on job w/ an outside teaching job flight training.

Crack down harder on your zero tolerance alcohol policies. It's more of a joke right now & there's still too much campus drinking going on. Right now alcohol is the only entertainment students have to look forward to on weekends & there could be more activities to keep their minds off drinking.

I was very pleased with the courses I had enrolled in, they were just more business than I wanted. I have found courses directly in what I prefer - Health Information.

With the death of my father in the fall 2003, and a changed perspective on life I decided to pursue a different career. I also have other responsibilities at this time that I need to tend to, and that involves being closer to home. Overall, the instruction at UMC is great. UMC lacked academic advising that I needed. There were plenty of times when I visited my advisor or people within the program and still failed to give me the direction I needed in my career plans. I felt as if whenever I got my degree that I was on my own. I am from a small rural community and that made UMC attractive as a prospective student, but still UMC and the Crookston community fail to give students a variety of choices for on and off-campus activities, especially in the cold hard winter. More often than not if me and my friends wanted to do something we ended up driving to Grand Forks. The community of Crookston is missing out on some great business opportunities to provide entertainment options for the students. I also felt as if the *#&%@*$ program was there to help student athletes get by academically so they could participate in activities, which was a slap in my face to a student who took his studies seriously and looked forward to becoming a successful *#&%@*$. Students should not be allowed to attend a college and get academic assistance just because they are athletically gifted.

&%*#%@& is a major problem -- I found him/her throwing my papers away & giving me an F. His/her work study worker told me that he/she "in fact" purposely fails those he/she does not like. Therefore I paid a lot of money to fail 2 classes. I ran into him/her @ the Shooting Star Casino one night -- & the next day -- @ class time -- he/she e-mailed the students to say he/she couldn't make it to class that day -- after I drove 25 miles to get there. I have student loans for a lot of $ -- to have trash like this teaching? Go figure!

UMC was a great place for me while I was there. I just wanted to try something different, so I did.

I am currently finishing incomplete or "in-progress" classes at UMC in order to graduate.

The dorms were way too overpriced for the low-quality they were. The athletic tams do not play against teams they can compete with, nor do they give large enough scholarships to get the really good athletes. UMC also seems to be pushed well out of town, almost to the point where it feels like the community of Crookston wants nothing to do with UMC.

The general atmosphere at UMC is great. I like that the importance of technology is stressed. I left UMC because I did not believe it was a good investment in my future to obtain a degree there. I was hoping to graduate with a BA in Equine Management. The program does not include enough equine specific in-depth courses. The riding courses were not safe. Advanced or intermediate riders were in the same classes as beginners. Before the class (some people) was able to fully control their horses, we were loping around the arena. Some of the students couldn't even fully control the direction or speed of the horses at that time. Also, *#&%@*$ did not seem to fully understand what knowledge/courses are important for someone seeking the degree I want. I also had a problem with my &%*#%@& professor. I feel that I learned absolutely nothing from him/her. The grade I got was only achieved by help from a tutor and teaching myself. I am a straight A student, before Crookston, 1 semester in Cr. & after I left. The only time I have ever struggled was when I took that &%*#%@& I class.

 

 

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Questions

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