Campus / News / February 18, 2014

Nine of 10 students satisfied with Knox experience

Nearly nine out of 10 Knox seniors report that they would still enroll here if they were given the chance to do their college search again, according to new survey results.

86 percent of Knox seniors selected “definitely yes” or “probably yes” when asked the question, “If you could make your college choice over, would you still choose to enroll at your current college?”

That number is down from last year, when 89 percent responded positively, but the numbers are trending down nationwide, possibly reflecting a tough job market for college graduates.

The data came from the Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP) survey, which is given to Knox seniors every year during graduation rehearsal.  Last year, 298 seniors from the Class of 2013 filled it out.

CIRP is a national survey created and administered by the Higher Education Research Institute at  the University of California-Los Angeles. A modified version of the survey is also given to freshmen.

Beyond general satisfaction with their college experiences, the CIRP data has information on a wide range of student opinions as they relate to life at Knox.

Seniors reported that they were happy in regards to financial aid, library services and the quality of academic advising, while expressing dissatisfaction towards health services, counseling and computer assistance.

A result that would perhaps come as a surprise to some Knox students is that over three-fourths of graduates reported that they were pleased with the amount of things to do in and around campus.

In a presentation to the Student Life Committee (SLC) Director of Assessment Leah Adams-Curtis pointed to the data on “positive racial interactions” as a highlight of the results. A positive racial interaction, as defined by the survey, ranges from holding meaningful discussions on race and ethnicity outside of a classroom to simply eating or studying together with someone of a different race.

58 percent of Knox seniors reported high levels of positive racial interactions and 37 percent reported average levels, putting Knox well ahead of comparative institutions.

The survey also revealed high levels of stress among the student body. 95 percent reported at least occasionally feeling “overwhelmed by all they had to do.” 41 percent sought personal counseling at some point.

Drinking rates also rise dramatically while students attend Knox. While the average Knox freshman is less likely to drink than freshmen who attend other institutions, they graduate drinking at roughly similar rates. 91 percent drink wine or liquor at least occasionally, while 82 percent consume beer. This is a continuation of a trend first found last year.

Matt Barry
Matt Barry is a senior majoring in international relations and double minoring in economics and German. This is his third year working for TKS, having served previously as discourse editor. He has worked for such organizations as the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Premier Tourism Marketing and the Council on American Islamic Relations-Chicago, where his work appeared in such publications as Leisure Group Travel, Ski & Ride Club Guide and The Chicago Monitor. Matt has written his political opinion column, "The Voice of Reason," weekly for three years, which finished in first place at the 2012 Illinois College Press Association conference and was also recognized at the 2013 conference.

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Matt Barry
Matt Barry is a senior majoring in international relations and double minoring in economics and German. This is his third year working for TKS, having served previously as discourse editor. He has worked for such organizations as the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Premier Tourism Marketing and the Council on American Islamic Relations-Chicago, where his work appeared in such publications as Leisure Group Travel, Ski & Ride Club Guide and The Chicago Monitor. Matt has written his political opinion column, "The Voice of Reason," weekly for three years, which finished in first place at the 2012 Illinois College Press Association conference and was also recognized at the 2013 conference.




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  • ameier

    Re: drinking. It’s been pointed out before whenever the drinking stats come up, but to reiterate: the survey’s given during Senior Week and asks about drinking habits during the past month/few weeks (don’t remember the exact time period, but it’s something to the effect of “recently”). The results would probably be different if “recently” didn’t describe a period that most seniors spend drinking heavily, because college is over/celebration/etc. Just a thought.



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