UT-Knoxville Meets Students’ Expectations (260)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Ninety percent of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville’s undergraduate students say they are satisfied with their education and 85 percent would make the same college choice again, a UT survey shows.

Dr. John Peters, UT-Knoxville vice chancellor of academic affairs, said Friday the survey data reflect the hard work of faculty and staff.

 “We work very hard to provide the intellectual environment and student life environment that makes this a great education experience,” Peters said.

 The survey was taken to meet state performance funding requirements. Based on the results, UT-Knoxville received an additional $750,000 in state funding.

The UT Office of Institutional Research did the survey of 2,171 students in March and included a cross section of day and evening undergraduate classes, Peters said.

 Asked to rate their overall campus experience, 88.4 percent of the students answered “good” or “excellent.”

The students rated their academic experience highest, with 84.6 percent responding “good” or “excellent.”

 A majority said their social (83.4 percent) and cultural (66.8 percent) experiences were “good” or “excellent.”

Response options also included “poor” and “fair.” Judging quality of campus programs and services, the students gave high marks to the library, the bookstore, admissions and registration.

 Among activities in which the students said they “often” engaged, 84 percent said they used notes they had taken on lectures or readings and 67.3 percent said they “often” used a computer to work on assignments.

 Other survey findings:

 — Advisors are accessible and willing to help.

 — Degree requirements and course objectives are clear.

 — Faculty are available outside the classroom to talk informally.

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 Contact: Dr. John Peters (423-974-3265)