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Graduate Program Awareness Project

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Fall 2016 G.P.A. Survey Results

There are many resources available at Texas State University to support graduate students as they move through their degree programs. However, graduate students who are just beginning their studies may be more aware of some resources than others.

The Graduate College is interested in which resources new graduate students are aware of, and not aware of, so that we can provide appropriate and useful information to our graduate student population. The “What’s Your G.P.A.” project seeks to understand graduate students’ awareness of those resources at the beginning and end of their first year of their graduate degree.

In September, The Graduate College sent a survey to all incoming graduate students asking them about their level of awareness of 30 different university resources. Of those incoming students, 412 completed the survey, for a 37% return rate. (Out of those 412 students entering a graduate program and completing the survey, 142 had previously completed their undergraduate degree, or another graduate program, at Texas State. We are presenting the results of all incoming graduate student survey completers, whether this is their first, second, or third degree at Texas State.)

Below we provide the results of that survey, along with a “where to get started” link to information about the university resource each question focuses on.

Our goal: to increase awareness in each area by 10% by the end of the following semester. Our process includes targeted social media information dissemination, information inclusion in workshops, and discussion with students, faculty, and staff about some of the resources throughout the year. The second, end-of-the-first-year survey will be sent in late spring semester to understand what resources students are aware of after completing a year in their program.

Click on the questions below to see the results of the survey and some suggestions about where to get information about each resource. For questions about this project, please contact Associate Dean Eric Paulson.

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How aware are you of the degree requirements (courses, etc.) for your program?

How aware are you of whom to ask about program advising?

How aware are you of where to find your degree audit?

How aware are you of whom to contact with questions about the degree process?

How aware are you of the names of faculty members in your program?

How aware are you of the graduate course catalog and the pertinent information it provides?

How aware are you of what the GradBulletin is and when it comes out?

How aware are you of resources offered by the library?

How aware are you of where to find information about graduate assistantships?

How aware are you of who your program's subject librarian is?

How aware are you of the role of the Graduate House of Representatives?

How aware are you of where the counseling center is located and the services it offers?

How aware are you of where the health center is located and the services it offers?

How aware are you of whom to ask about campus safety?

How aware are you of where to find information about parking regulations, permits, and availability?

How aware are you of where to find financial aid information?

How aware are you of where the campus recreation center is located and the services it offers?

How aware are you of where to find a campus map?

How aware are you of where the Office of Disability Services is and the services it offers?

If you are a veteran, how aware are you of services offered to veterans? (if you are not a veteran, please leave this question blank)

How aware are you of where to find information about scholarship opportunities?

How aware are you of where the Writing Center is and the services it offers?

How aware are you of where to find information about preparing for the job market after graduation?

How aware are you of the workshops available for degree success, research development, and career preparation?

How aware are you of where to find general technology support?

How aware are you of where to find support for using TRACS?

How aware are you of where SLAC is and the services it offers?

How aware are you of responsible conduct of research aspects like IRB and IACUC?