EECS Quality-Of-Life Graduate Exit Questionnaire

The multiple-choice questions will take approximately 20 minutes of your time and are entirely voluntary.

After verifying that you are, indeed, an exiting graduate student, your personal information will be stripped from the data and your replies will NOT be linked with your name. We hope that your replies and those of other students will help the Department improve quality-of-life factors for all of its graduate students.

EECS regards the material submitted to this site to be expressions of personal opinion, and does not undertake to verify or correct the accuracy of any submissions. EECS takes no responsibility for the accuracy, currency, content, or quality of any comments collected on this site. Please refrain from identifying individuals either by name or other identifying information and avoid making comments that could be libelous or slanderous. Your responses are used only in aggregate and are not used to identify you as an individual. Comments you enter in the free response boxes will remain as part of the datafile, so you should take care to omit any references that might identify you as an individual.

First, we need some personal data from you in order to verify that you are an exiting EECS graduate student. To ensure your privacy, your name will be stripped from the data as soon as we verify that you are an exiting EECS graduate student.

Last Name

First Name(s)

When exiting EECS (mm/yyyy)

I. Information for Prospective Students

Indicate your level of agreement with each of the following statements

1- strongly agree

2- agree

3- disagree

4- strongly disagree

5-not applicable

1.

EECS provided me with the following information during my application and admissions process:

(a) Accurate information about the costs (total of tuition, fees, and living expenses) of the program.

(b) A realistic assessment of financial support (prospects for and levels of) while in graduate school.

(c) Clear information about the requirements and expectations of the EECS graduate program.

2.

I would have found the following information useful during my application and admissions process:

(a) Information about career prospects for Ph.D.s in my field.

(b) A list of places where recent EECS graduates were employed after graduation.

(c) The percentage of students in the EECS graduate program who complete the program with a Ph.D.

(d) The average time to degree for recent EECS graduate students.

3.

Overall, EECS provided enough information during the application and admissions process for me to make an informed decision about choosing to pursue a Ph.D. at EECS.

4.

Additional comments and suggestions for information given to prospective students:

II. Mentoring

Indicate your level of agreement with each of the following statements

1- strongly agree

2- agree

3- disagree

4- strongly disagree

5-not applicable

1.

I had no trouble in finding a good, compatible advisor.

2.

I am satisfied with the amount of time my advisor made available to me.

3.

I am satisfied with the quality of the time I spent with my advisor.

4.

I learned good research practice(s) from my advisor, my research group, and the Department.

5.

I received ongoing, constructive feedback on my progress towards a Ph.D. from my advisor.

6.

My advisor treated me fairly.

7.

I would feel comfortable talking to my advisor about a career

(a) in academia

(b) outside of academia

8.

My own goals and research interests were incorporated into my doctoral dissertation.

9.

My advisor encouraged an inclusive and cooperative atmosphere in his/her research group.

10.

Additional comments and suggestions on my advisor and the mentoring system:

III. Curricular Strength, Breadth, and Flexibility

Indicate your level of agreement with each of the following statements

1- strongly agree

2- agree

3- disagree

4- strongly disagree

5-not applicable

1.

The quality of EECS graduate courses is very high.

2.

The EECS curriculum is broad enough to meet my needs and prepare me for my career of choice.

3.

EECS actively encourages students to explore a broad range of career options.

4.

EECS encourages students to broaden their education through non-required activities such as coursework outside of the Department, internships, and workshops.

5.

EECS does a good job of preparing students for:

(a) academic careers

(b) careers outside of academia

6.

The best course I've had in EECS (course name/professor/why it was best)

7.

The worst course I've had in EECS (course name/professor/why it was worst)

8.

Suggestions for courses that should be added to (or removed from, or changed) the EECS graduate program

9.

Additional comments and suggestions on curricular breadth & flexibility:

IV. Teaching in the GSI Program

Indicate your level of agreement with each of the following statements

1- strongly agree

2- agree

3- disagree

4- strongly disagree

5-not applicable

1.

Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs) at EECS are appropriately prepared and trained before entering the classroom.

2.

GSIs at EECS are appropriately supervised to help improve their teaching skills.

3.

Doctoral student needs and interests are given appropriate consideration for determining which courses GSIs at EECS teach.

4.

The teaching experience available through EECS is adequate preparation for an academic/teaching career.

5.

Additional comments and suggestions on the GSI program:

V. Professional Development

Indicate your level of agreement with each of the following statements

1- strongly agree

2- agree

3- disagree

4- strongly disagree

5-not applicable

1.

I received training in professional ethics and professorial responsibilities via coursework or seminars.

2.

I received training and experience in professional skills such as public presentation of research and grant writing.

3.

I received training and experience in doing research in teams.

4.

I received sufficient resources such as office space, computer access, office equipment, and supplies.

5.

Additional comments and suggestions on professional development at EECS:

VI. Career Guidance & Placement Services

Indicate your level of agreement with each of the following statements

1- strongly agree

2- agree

3- disagree

4- strongly disagree

5-not applicable

1.

I received effective career guidance and planning services for:

(a) careers in academia

(b) careers outside of academia

2.

I received effective placement assistance and job search support for:

(a) positions in academia

(b) positions outside of academia

3.

Additional comments and suggestions for career guidance & placement:

VII. Time to Degree Completion

Indicate your level of agreement with each of the following statements

1- strongly agree

2- agree

3- disagree

4- strongly disagree

5-not applicable

1.

EECS gave me a clear, annual (or more frequent) assessment of my progress towards the Ph.D.

2.

A group of faculty members (in addition to my advisor) kept track of my research progress and helped to determine when I had accomplished enough work for my Ph.D. degree.

3.

Insufficient funding slowed my progress towards a degree.

4.

Additional comments and suggestions regarding time to degree completion:

VIII. Funding

1.

For how many years did you receive support in the categories at right?
(Answer all instances that apply.)

GSI (Teaching Assistant)

GSR (Research Assistant or equivalent)

UC Fellowships

Outside Fellowships

Foreign government

Direct corporate support

Other (please specify at right)

None

Indicate your level of agreement with each of the following statements

1- strongly agree

2- agree

3- disagree

4- strongly disagree

5-not applicable

2.

I had funding without difficulty throughout my time as a graduate student at EECS.

3.

Financial support for graduate students was distributed fairly at EECS.

4.

The amount of funding I received was sufficient for a graduate student.

5.

The amount of funding I received was sufficient for a graduate student parent.

6.

Insufficient funding slowed my progress towards a degree.

7.

Additional comments and suggestions regarding funding:

 

VIII. Graduate Program Climate

Indicate your level of agreement with each of the following statements

1- strongly agree

2- agree

3- disagree

4- strongly disagree

5-not applicable

1.

There is a supportive student community at EECS.

2.

Doctoral students at EECS are treated with respect.

3.

Doctoral students at EECS are involved in decisions relevant to their education.

4.

EECS faculty believe students are here primarily to help faculty fulfill their research and teaching obligations.

5.

EECS actively recruits talented students from underrepresented groups.

6.

EECS provides an environment in which members of underrepresented groups feel comfortable and supported.

7.

There is a person or office I would feel free to turn to if I perceived abuse or misconduct at EECS by a fellow student, by my advisor, by a dissertation committee member, or by another member of the Department.

8.

I believe that I have been the victim of sexual or racial discrimination within the Department.

9.

I had enough time and freedom to pursue interests and activities outside of my academic program.

10.

Please indicate how each of the following affected your experience as an EECS graduate student.

1- very helpful

2- somewhat helpful

3- neutral or no opinion

4- somewhat hurtful

5-very hurtful

My research group

Graduate Office Staff

My advisor

Other staff members of the Department

My Ph.D. committee

Teaching as a GSI

The Department Chair

Research as a GSR

Funding available to me

Major graduate course requirements

A particular professor

Minor graduate course requirements

A friend

Department seminars

My family

Qualifying exam

WICSE

Selecting my research topic

IEEE

Research on my topic

HKN

Writing the dissertation

Other Student Org

Sessions where I presented a poster or talk on my research

Donut and Bagel hours

Quiet areas for studying

Staff lunch hour events

Public areas for sharing ideas with colleagues

11.

Please comment on how any of the above could be changed to improve the climate in the EECS program.

12.

I think the pressure on students in the EECS graduate program should be:

13.

If you feel it the pressure on graduate students should be changed, what suggestions can you make to effect the change?

14.

Additional comments and suggestions regarding graduate program climate:

IX. Overall Satisfaction

Indicate your level of agreement with each of the following statements

1- strongly agree

2- agree

3- disagree

4- strongly disagree

5-not applicable

1.

I receive sufficient financial support to maintain an acceptable standard of living.

2.

Overall, I am satisfied with the courses in EECS.

3.

Overall, I am satisfied with my advisor.

4.

Overall, I am satisfied with the EECS graduate program.

5.

Overall, I would recommend the EECS graduate program to prospective students.

6.

Additional comments and suggestions overall satisfaction with the EECS graduate program:

X. Background Information: The following demographic data will be used only in aggregate and is in no way used to identify you as an individual.

1.

What was your degree before coming to the Department?

2.

What will be your latest completed degree when you leave EECS?

3a.

Are you an underrepresented student at EECS? (e.g. disabled, minority, female, etc.).

3b.

If yes, what underrepresented class?

4.

Your gender

5.

What is your marital status?

6. Do you have dependent children living with you?

7.

Your citizenship

8.

Your ethnic background, if you are a US citizen.

9.

What was your age group when you entered the program?

10.

How many years have you been in the graduate program?

11.

If you are exiting EECS without a degree, please explain why, and explain what the Department might have done, if anything, to make it possible for you to obtain your degree.

Please send your opinions and comments regarding this survey to La Shana Porlaris at lashana@eecs.berkeley.edu.