RESULTS of
ECU Physics Graduate School Student - Advisor Survey

We obtained the email addresses of the graduate school advisors of 5 of our physics B.S. graduates 2006-2009. Graduates that attended or are attending graduate school.  We emailed the advisors a link to this form.  3 out of the 5 completed the online form between 11/16/10 and 3/9/11. 
Here are the summary results for graduates 2006 through 2009.

* 1. Degree type our graduate is working toward or has completed 
2 were
1 were
0 were

* 2. Has the student completed the degree selected from #1?
0           Yes
100%
0 %       
0 %       


* Ranking of our graduates on their knowledge from the following courses (that were required or electives at ECU in their major):

Excellent Good Fair Poor Unknown-not able to rank
3. Beginning Physics topics
100%



4. Modern Physics
100%



5. Mechanics
33.3%


66.6%
6. Electricity and Magnetism
66.6%
33.3%


7. Quantum Mechanics
33.3%


66.6%
8. Laboratory fundamentals 66.6%
33.3%



9. Electronics 33.3%
66.6%



10. Optics 33.3%
33.3%


33.3%
11. Nuclear Physics
33.3%


66.6%
12. Thermodynamics



100%
13. Medical Physics
33.3%


66.6%



























* Ranking of the preparation of our graduates on the following list of skills most used by physicists
  Excellent Good Fair Poor Unable to judge
14. Problem solving 33.3%
66.6%



15. Interpersonal skills 33.3%
66.6%



16. Technical Writing
100%



17. Equipment and procedures experience 66.6%
33.3%



18. Statistical concepts

33.3%

66.6%
19. Knowledge of Physics
100%



20. Advanced Mathematics
33.3%
33.3%

33.3%
21. Advanced Computer Skills
66.6%


33.3%


* Please rank our graduate's preparation on the following list of qualities needed for graduate school success

Excellent Good Fair Poor Unable to judge
22. Broad knowledge base of science & technical knowledge
100%



23. Is a team player 33.3%
66.6%



24. Desires and is able to learn new fields-is quick study 33.3%
66.6%



25. Communicates well orally and written 33.3%
66.6%



26. Well developed problem solving skills
66.6%
33.3%


27. Strong work ethic 33.3%
66.6%



28. Adaptive/flexible
100%



29. Shows initiative & assertiveness 33.3%
66.6%



30. Enthusiastic in field 33.3%
66.6%



31. Works with minimum of supervision 66.6%
33.3%





* 32. Rating our overall preparation of our graduate for graduate school
0          Excellent

0           
0          


* 33. Comments that would help us better prepare our graduates for graduate school.

More emphasis on mathematics.

Difficult to address, because this student had been out of school for some time before beginning graduate
study.

No extra comments.



Thank all who completed this survey. We appreciate your time in this endeavor.  We will use the information obtained to make decisions about our physics program.  Input from stakeholders is critical to us in this process.
               
                       Report Prepared by Dr. Karen Williams, Professor, ECU Physics Dept.  3/9/11.





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