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Vassar College Senior Survey, 2014

The 2014 Senior Survey was administered at Vassar beginning on March 20, 2014, roughly through the end of April.  The great majority of responses were received during the first 10-14 days following the end of Spring Break.

Of the 637 members of the 2014 graduating class, usably complete response sets were provided by 478 graduates, for an overall response rate of 75.3 percent.  The academic and demographic profile of the respondent set matched those of the full class reasonably well.  Ex.:

  • Majors were very accurately represented across Vassar’s academic divisions, and well-represented across individual departments and programs.
  • As is typical, women were modestly more responsive to the survey (80%) than men (69%), making the survey sample 61/39 F/M, compared to 43/57 for the full graduating class.  Vassar seniors’ responses to the survey are provided here total, as well as broken out by gender, and by students of color compared to majority (white) students.

The 2013-14 year on the Vassar campus (as well as on many others) was a difficult one on a number of fronts (e.g., campus events and conversations related to race/ethnic background, the Black Live Matter initiative, Title IX and sexual assault on campus, tensions related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Middle East in general).  Spring, 2014, was a culmination for many of these topics, events and campus conversations.  It likely that at least some of these conditions is reflected in some ways, not fully known or knowable, in the Senior Survey responses from that year’s graduating class.

The links below provide various graphic displays of the findings from core areas of the survey:

Levels of Satisfaction and Dis-Satisfaction with undergraduate education and experience, Overall, and for each of about 50 specific aspects of undergraduate academics/education, campus and personal life, and campus facilities, offices, and services

Self-reported Learning and Personal Outcomes from undergraduate education and experience 

Future Plans (first year, and longer-term; employment, career, advanced education, etc.)

2014 Senior Survey Instrument