Volume 94, Issue 53

Friday, December 1, 2000


NEWS

New fund gives BOG carte blanche - endowment fund OK'd

Grad exit survey questioned

Men hope to end violence with ribbons

Regina U looking to expand with help

Liberal victory means more than just a win

Former council bids farewell

Corroded Disorder

Grad exit survey questioned

By Wes Brown
Gazette Staff

Graduating students are getting what they always wanted – a chance to grade the university, instead of the other way around.

Outgoing graduates are asked to complete an annual exit survey grading the university's performance in its primary missions of teaching and research.

The class of 2000 survey, released yesterday, was initiated in 1995 by the offices of the president and vice-presidents at Western It is a 22-item questionnaire in which graduates rate the quality of their academics, instruction, the university experience, abilities and skills, as well as the physical facilities and administrative services.

Western's VP-academic, Greg Moran, said he was impressed with the results of the survey but also recognized the study's ability to highlight faults. "It's been positive in all the years we've done it," he said. "[But] it's not perfect, there are areas we can improve."

Moran explained the study should act as an indicator of the qualities of Western which are threatened by budget cuts. He added the university has worked hard to ensure quality levels at Western remain high, despite shrinking operating budgets.

University Students' Council VP-education, Jeff Sutton, said he thought it was great that over 90 per cent of Western students would recommend the university to friends, but looking closer at the results, he said there are definite problems.

"Table five on page 10 should make we as students alarmed that the average debt has managed to increase 12 per cent, while tuition has been frozen at a two per cent increase," he said.

Sutton said administration is not addressing the key concerns facing students today. "As a student I would want to ask administration 'what are you going to do to ensure my accessibility at this fine institution?'"

Sutton also questioned why the USC had not been consulted when the questionnaire was drafted. "It would be really nice to have a working relationship between administration and the USC," Sutton said.

Bachelor of Science '99 graduate, Michelle Robertson, said she also filled out the questionnaire and added her experience at Western was excellent, but wished the university took more initiatives in helping students find jobs upon graduation.

"There could have been more 'job fair' type events. The career centre there is good, but there could have been so much more," she said.


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