In the spring of 2000, the MSU Senior Survey was modified to be completely administered online.  Near the end of each semester, graduating seniors are notified of the survey via email and given a link connecting them to the survey.  Those who have not responded within a couple of weeks are notified again, and finally a third time after two more weeks.  The response rate for the past five years has been as follows:

Class of 2014 (those who graduated between 7/1/13 and 6/30/14)

Survey sent to 2,406 students

Returned by 717 students

Yield: 29.8% response rate

Class of 2013 (those who graduated between 7/1/12 and 6/30/13)

Survey sent to 1,977 students

Returned by 664 students

Yield: 33.6% response rate

Class of 2012 (those who graduated between 7/1/11 and 6/30/12)

Survey sent to 1,789 students

Returned by 682 students

Yield: 38.1% response rate

Class of 2011 (those who graduated between 7/1/10 and 6/30/11)

Survey sent to 1,832 students

Returned by 640 students

Yield: 34.9% response rate

Class of 2010 (those who graduated between 7/1/09 and 6/30/10)

Survey sent to 1,867 students

Returned by 792 students

Yield: 42.4% response rate

Class of 2009 (those who graduated between 7/1/08 and 6/30/09)

Survey sent to 1,804 students
Returned by 565 students
Yield: 31.3% response rate

When taking the survey, students are asked to select one out of three groups of questions regarding their teaching and learning experiences at MSU, as well as one out of three groups of questions regarding student services.  The students self-select themselves almost equally into the three separate groups in each of the two sets of questions, providing even sampling.  Students are also asked to respond to questions particular to specific major and non-major courses and experiences.  The survey concludes by asking students to rate their overall assessment of their MSU education.

The principle advantages of providing a survey in this format include:

  • Extended student-supplied responses
  • The use of sampling techniques to target questions to specific student groups
  • The delivery of individualized survey results privately to department administrators
  • Sustainability

The following are multiple series of graphs to identify trends in student satisfaction from 2009 to the present with regard to general teaching and learning experiences, advising, the core curriculum, and their majors.

General Questions
Advising Questions
CORE Questions
Major Questions

Statistical summaries of the results of these surveys are available:

Senior Survey

Class of 2014

Class of 2013

Class of 2012

Class of 2011

Class of 2010
Class of 2009
Class of 2008
Class of 2007

Class of 2006*
Class of 2005
Class of 2004
Class of 2003
Class of 2002

* The information for the class of 2006 is unavailable


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Updated 7/8/13