Alumni and student opinions regarding areas of improvement in undergraduate education and competences of the graduates

2015-09-08
Descriptive statistics were utilized to investigate alumni and student opinions. The results showed that alumni underlined the necessity of integration of theory and practice in undergraduate education (M=4.48, SD= 0.75); university and industry collaboration (M=4.46, SD= 0.76); and the need to follow advances in career fields (M=4.41, SD= 0.76). On the other hand, students reported physical facilities, social life and use of technology (i.e. improving physical opportunities such as classrooms, laboratories, and disability access on campus) (M=4.55, SD= 0.79); accommodation facilities and food on the campus (M=4.47, SD= 0.83); and improving technical infrastructure such as computer labs, informational technologies and conference halls (M=4.44, SD= 0.89)] as top areas of improvement in undergraduate education. When alumni and students were asked about opinions regarding competences gained through undergraduate study, findings were rather similar. According to alumni, analytical thinking (M=4.46, SD= 0.61), being open to learning (M=4.39, SD= 0.69), and being hard worker (M=4.32, SD= 0.71) were the top three competences of that particular university graduates. Similarly, being a self-regulated learner (M=4.12, SD= 0.79), being open to learning (M=3.98, SD= 0.92), and being hard worker (M=3.98, SD= 0.93) were the top three competences students listed among competences of graduates in that particular university.
Citation Formats
O. Güneri, H. C. Sümer, P. Çağ, K. F. Barutçu Yıldırım, G. Aydın, and Y. Çapa Aydın, “Alumni and student opinions regarding areas of improvement in undergraduate education and competences of the graduates,” presented at the European Conference on Educational Research (ECER), (8 - 11 Eylül 2015), 2015, Accessed: 00, 2021. [Online]. Available: https://hdl.handle.net/11511/78971.