UTC NEWS RELEASE
Wednesday, April 29, 1998
UTC Students Surveyed
Students at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga indicate that they are generally satisfied with their experiences at UTC, and feel that the quality of general education, small classes, excellent teachers, and preparation for jobs or graduate school are major elements in that satisfaction.
But those same students express concerns about state funding for UTC, and current library and technology facilities.
Those are some of the results of a representative survey conducted among UTC students this winter by the university's Office of Institutional Research and Planning, under the direction of Dr. Richard Gruetzemacher.
More than 900 students completed 15-minute, anonymous surveys on UTC's strengths and challenges. Students completed the surveys in classroom groups, selected to accurately represent lower- and upper-level classes, academic areas, and other factors.
The survey is part of an effort to gather campus and community opinion about UTC and its future. The data from the surveys will be used by planning groups in coming months to shape UTC's budgetary and program priorities in coming years.
Other UTC strengths cited by students include intercollegiate athletics, its affiliation with the University of Tennessee, and the university's commitment to gender equity.
Although students expressed a desire for better computer and technology facilities on campus, they evidenced low support for higher student fees to meet those needs.
Last updated: April 30, 1998.
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