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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  - email address is here.

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

degree requirements A good place to get started with this resource includes...
... viewing The Graduate Catalog at http://mycatalog.txstate.edu/graduate/ . Your program’s website may have this information, and your program advisor definitely will!

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

program a dvising A good place to get started with this resource includes...
...your program advisor and/or your department chair – they are excellent contacts for this purpose.

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

degree audit

A good place to get started with this resource includes...
...the CATSWEB site – scroll to “Academic Records”: http://www.catsweb.txstate.edu/students.html

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

degree process

A good place to get started with this resource includes...
... viewing The Graduate Catalog at http://mycatalog.txstate.edu/graduate/ . Your program’s website may have this information, and your program advisor definitely will!

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

faculty A good place to get started with this resource includes...
...your program’s website, and of course your program advisor!

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

course catalog

A good place to get started with this resource includes...
...The Graduate Catalog at http://mycatalog.txstate.edu/graduate/

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

grad bulletin

A good place to get started with this resource includes...
...The Graduate College GradBulletin website at http://www.gradcollege.txstate.edu/Current_Students/gradbulletin.html

How aware are you of resources offered by the library?

library resources

A good place to get started with this resource includes...
...Alkek Library’s services for graduate students website at http://www.library.txstate.edu/services/graduate.html and library resources at the Round Rock Campus website at http://rrc.library.txstate.edu/

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

grad assistantships

A good place to get started with this resource includes...
...The Graduate College’s assistantship website at http://www.gradcollege.txstate.edu/funding/assistantships.html.

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

subject librarian

A good place to get started with this resource includes...
...the library’s subject librarian web pages at http://www.library.txstate.edu/about/departments/ref/subjectlibrarians.html

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

grad  house

A good place to get started with this resource includes...
...the Graduate House of Representatives website at http://studentgovernment.dos.txstate.edu/graduatehouse.html

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

counseing center

A good place to get started with this resource includes...
...the Counseling Center website at http://www.counseling.txstate.edu/

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

health center

A good place to get started with this resource includes...
...the Student Health Center website at http://www.healthcenter.txstate.edu/

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

campus safety

A good place to get started with this resource includes...
...the University Police website at http://www.police.txstate.edu/  and the safety site at: http://www.police.txstate.edu/Personal-Safety.html

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

parking

A good place to get started with this resource includes...
...The Parking Services website at http://www.parking.txstate.edu/

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

financial aid

A good place to get started with this resource includes...
...the Financial Aid and Scholarships website at http://www.finaid.txstate.edu/

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

rec center

A good place to get started with this resource includes...
...the Student Recreation Center website at http://www.campusrecreation.txstate.edu/facilities/src.html

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

campus map

A good place to get started with this resource includes...
the Campus Maps website at http://www.maps.txstate.edu/

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

disability services

A good place to get started with this resource includes...
the Office of Disabilities website at http://www.ods.txstate.edu/

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)

veterans

A good place to get started with this resource includes...
...the Texas State University Office of Veterans Affairs website at http://www.va.txstate.edu/

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

scholarship opps

A good place to get started with this resource includes...
...the Financial Aid and Scholarships website at http://www.finaid.txstate.edu/scholarships.html

and The Graduate College scholarship page at http://www.gradcollege.txstate.edu/funding.

Various department websites have this information as well.

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

writing center

A good place to get started with this resource includes...
...the Writing Center website at http://www.writingcenter.txstate.edu/

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

job market

A good place to get started with this resource includes...
...the Career Services website at http://www.careerservices.txstate.edu/

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

shop talks

A good place to get started with this resource includes...
...the Grad College Shop Talks website at www.gradcollege.txstate.edu/shptlk

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

tech support

A good place to get started with this resource includes...
the ITAC website at http://www.tr.txstate.edu/itac.html

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

TRACS

A good place to get started with this resource includes...
...the TRACS Support website at http://tracsfacts.its.txstate.edu/

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

SLACS

A good place to get started with this resource includes...
...the SLAC website at http://www.txstate.edu/slac/

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

IRB

A good place to get started with this resource includes...
...The Research Integrity & Compliance website at http://www.txstate.edu/research/orc