Survey Results 2012

In fall 2011 and spring 2012, all graduating seniors were asked to fill out an online survey that measures their opinions about general education. The survey lists each of the student learning outcomes for each of the competencies and liberal studies areas within general education, and it asks the graduating seniors to rank, on a scale of 1 (strongly disagree) to 5 (strongly agree), whether or not they believe those outcomes were met in their general education courses.

There was a 26 percent response rate; 329 students completed the survey. Of the respondents, 175 were men and 154 women. Of the respondents, 94 percent were between 20–25 years old. Of the respondents, 77 were transfer students. At the end of the survey, students were invited to post comments, and 90 of the respondents chose to do so.

Report

Total reports - 329

Gender

  • Male - 175
  • Female - 154

Age

  • 20-25 - 311
  • 26-35 - 12
  • 36+ - 6

Transfer

  • Yes - 77
  • No - 252

Major

  • Accounting - 5
  • Agricultural Business/Education - 19
  • Animal Science - 19
  • Art - 5
  • Biology - 23
  • Broad Field Science - 5
  • Business Administration - 28
  • Chemistry - 4
  • Civil Engineering - 27
  • Communication Technologies - 14
  • Comprehensive Business and Economics - 0
  • Computer Science - 7
  • Criminal Justice - 29
  • Economics - 0
  • Electrical Engineering - 7
  • Elementary Education - 11
  • Engineering Physics - 5
  • English - 5
  • Environmental Engineering - 8
  • Geography - 1
  • German - 1
  • History - 6
  • Individually Contracted Major - 0
  • Industrial Engineering/Technology Management - 22
  • International Studies - 2
  • Mathematics - 7
  • Mechanical Engineering - 34
  • Music - 6
  • Ornamental Horticulture - 0
  • Philosophy - 0
  • Physical Education - 2
  • Political Science - 0
  • Psychology - 15
  • Reclamation, Environment and Conservation - 2
  • Social Science Comprehensive - 2
  • Software Engineering - 4
  • Soil and Crop Science - 3
  • Spanish - 0
  • Speech Communication - 0
  • Technology Education - 1
  • Theater - 0

Average Responses:

English

  1. Understand written language, including various stylistic devices.
    • Average = 3.574
  2. Recognize the importance context has for meaning.
    • Average = 3.641
  3. Conceptualize a topic in order to establish a purpose for writing, while keeping in mind the intended reader.
    • Average = 3.198
  4. Arrange ideas logically and present them coherently
    • Average = 3.845
  5. Imaginatively shape my writing.
    • Average = 3.41

Mathematics

  1. Develop problem solving skills using the methods of mathematics.
    • Average = 3.787
  2. Recognize patterns to solve problems.
    • Average = 3.79
  3. Work with the fundamental notions of number and space.
    • Average = 3.76
  4. Distinguish between valid and invalid reasoning.
    • Average = 3.6
  5. Remain alert to the plausibility of solutions.
    • Average = 3.74

Speech

  1. Understand the process of human communication.
    • Average = 3.753
  2. Access and organize information logically.
    • Average = 3.887
  3. Design and deliver speeches effectively.
    • Average = 3.945
  4. Develop critical listening and reasoning skills.
    • Average = 3.75

Wellness and Physical Activity

  1. Assess my overall fitness level.
    • Average = 3.723
  2. Understand what lifestyle changes are required to improve my overall fitness.
    • Average = 3.796
  3. Develop an appreciation for, and basic skills in an activity which if pursued will promote a lifetime of fitness and enjoyment.
    • Average = 3.781

Ethnic Studies

  1. Explore the history, culture, customs, values, lifestyles, and contributions of populations of color in the United States.
    • Average = 3.525
  2. Investigate the social and political structures that support racism and sexism.
    • Average = 3.574
  3. Recognize the influence that my own culture and experiences have on my attitude toward women and minorities.
    • Average = 3.6
  4. Understand multiple viewpoints regarging ethics and justice.
    • Average = 3.586
  5. Examine the scholarship that depicts, analyzes and articulates opposition to racism.
    • Average = 3.316

Fine Arts

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the history and heritage of the fine arts.
    • Average = 3.334
  2. Develop a greater appreciation for the fine arts and their value and relevance in out daily lives.
    • Average = 3.215
  3. Demonstrate consideration of a variety of artistic patterns in thought and expression.
    • Average = 3.191

Gender Studies

  1. Engage in personal reflection and explore implications of the cultural constructs that create and perpetuate gender-based stereotypes and unequal power relationships.
    • Average = 3.51
  2. Engage in personal reflection and explore implications of the contributions of diverse populations of women and persons of varied sexual orientations in transforming knowledge.
    • Average = 3.437
  3. Engage in personal reflection and explore implications of the influence that students' gender and experiences have on their attitudes toward others.
    • Average = 3.468

Historical Perspective

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the past.
    • Average = 3.857
  2. Explore the multitude of circumstances and events that have helped to shape historical judgments, actions, and visions.
    • Average = 3.8
  3. Interpret the sources of historical change in a variety of contexts.
    • Average = 3.726

Humanities

  1. Understand some of the diverse approaches to questions of human meaning and value.
    • Average = 3.559
  2. Demonstrate competence in critical thinking, reading, and writing.
    • Average = 3.613
  3. Acquire tools for life-long learning in the humanities.
    • Average = 3.446

International Education

  1. Investigate the patterns of world interactions.
    • Average = 3.442
  2. Examine contemporary ideologies, cultures, places, or political and economic systems found throughout the world.
    • Average = 3.434
  3. Become open to the challenges and ambiguities of human plurality.
    • Average = 3.355

Natural Sciences

  1. Discover the patterns, principles, and dynamics of natural phenomena and relate them to issues in my life as a citizen.
    • Average = 3.772
  2. Comprehend scientific methodology and its limitations.
    • Average = 3.866
  3. Engage in the analysis of natural phenomena.
    • Average = 3.832

Social Sciences

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of individual and social behavior.
    • Average = 3.832
  2. Display knowledge of the problems and issues within social sciences.
    • Average = 3.741
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of the methods used to study these problems and issues.
    • Average = 3.683

Ethics

  1. At least one of my courses has addressed issues in ethics.
    • Average = 4.188
  2. My experience at UWP, inside and outside the classroom, has helped me become more sensitive to issues in ethics.
    • Average = 3.838

Comments:

  • I think the University is doing a great job. My Criminal Justice professors are all available to help and show that they truly care. My experience has been a great one and I will not forget it. Thank you.
  • Need to get better instructors for the business department classes! Such as Bank Management and Financial Systems classes this semester.
  • Thanks
  • Physics department was poor at best. Dr. [name deleted] does not teach well at all. Courses like humanities and gender/race classes were a waste of my money.
  • I do agree with the 360 student, but I feel like some classes (3 that stick out) fail to live up to that level or even a level close in any way.
  • The drop down menu's in this survey didn't work so I was not allowed to pick the appropriate major. This survey should at least work on campus computers if you are going to ask us to complete this. As for life skills that are applicable to my line of work or life in general I feel as though I was cheated out of. We don't learn the necessary live skills in college even in our intro to college course. There should be required houses on buying life insurance, housing, resume writing, and even something like buying a new vehicle. We never touch base on anything that can be extremely useful out side of work. Isn't that what school is supposed to do? Get you ready for life not just useless information such as history? Yes, acknowledge that it happened know why it did see that it was wrong but don't dwell on it.
  • I enjoyed all of my general education courses here at UW-P. I believe I have learned a great deal from them and value the knowledge I have received. While I have completed the requirements for graduation here at UW-P, I will continue to study and learn in the future. I believe the term "general" does not refer to a basic requirement to get through school, but a "general" set of knowledge that all people should be aware of in society. I would like to acknowledge and thank three professors who have sparked and shaped an interest that has led me to continue to research and study well beyond the classroom: Dr. Del Carey, Dr. Karen Gagne, and Dr. David Taylor. Thank you.
  • General education requirements have opened my eyes to different things I have not seen before.
  • Overall I was disappointed in a greater number of professors and the quality of work they did than I was satisfied with professors. I felt that there were a number of teachers that were not organized in their classes in many ways, including providing a syllabus and sticking to any of it, providing an adequate number of assignments to get points towards a grade, giving assignments that were consistent with the course material, and wasting class time with discussions not having to do with the course material. There were some professors that did meet my expectations of a college teacher that did all of this and more. I also think that a greater variety and number of student organizations and clubs would enhance the college and the experience here at UWP. Maybe this would help the drinking issue....giving students more options of activities might help in reducing the number of students who complain "there is nothing to do here but drink." There ARE students who would like more activities and ways to participate in campus clubs that don't want to drink all the time.
  • As an agriculture major, if I have to take art classes, everyone should have to take a broad agriculture class. I will never use my art class again. Everyone needs to know agriculture if you like to eat.
  • Very disappointed with how long it took me to graduate. I was misadvised and as a result took classes I didn’t need to take and as a result spent an extra year here. Also I was disappointed on how little my advisor knew about going from an education major in Wisconsin to Iowa and what all the requirements were. As a result of all this what should have taken 4 to 4 1/2 years to complete took 5 1/2. There needs to be more communication between departments to benefit the student and not petty things that the profs are disputing about.
  • I am really disappointed that in most of my gender and race related classes the Professor's weren't always open minded. I felt that if I were to speak out with my true feelings on a subject I would have received a lower grade in the class. I am not trying to say that I have extreme views, in fact I feel a majority of students are afraid to dispute the comments of the Professors in fear of the lower grade. It is from this that a true discussion is not always inspired. Just something to think about.
  • Questions should be rephrased to account for prior knowledge. Some topics the classes did discuss, but I was already knowledgeable about the topic. Thus, I was unable to learn what this survey asks, and had to disagree or be neutral in response.
  • My largest concern for the general education requirements are for ethnic studies classes. I tried to take and dropped my first ethnic class a few years ago because I found that the class was very loosely structured with no set grade point breakdown or syllabus handed out at all. The ethnic/gender class I ended up taking with a different professor (Political economy of race, class, and gender) had similar concerns. There were a large number of readings and some were marked as optional, but the professor didn't seem to follow or know what was assigned when. The class didn't follow the pace of the syllabus, and no clear idea of exam format was given until after the first exam. Overall, I think that Ethnic studies classes need to have much more clearly defined structures and grade breakdowns. Even though much of these classes are spent (and should be spent) in class discussion of topics, basic lesson plans are still necessary and should be followed so class objectives are met and so students know what they are supposed to have learned from each class period. As a side note, I took AP classes in high school and didn't have to take a historical perspective class at UWP, so in future years you may want to make that an option in the survey.
  • First off, I've never had an ethics course. Also, I hope the answers to these questions aren't misconstrued. If I say that I strongly disagree with something it doesn't mean that there weren't classes offered or even classes that I took that tried to influence my perceptions. I hope that answers like mine don't do the exact opposite of my intentions and someone lead to more classes in the areas that disagreed with.
  • I think some of the gen. ed requirements are absolutely bogus and I had some very bad experience with a couple professors/instructors. I really enjoy my major and most of the professors/instructors in the Comm. Tech. department.
  • Many of these questions had very vague wording that I think many people myself included don't really understand. One example is Question 3 of International Education. I don't even know what the question means. Most of the answers marked "Strongly disagree" are due to learning them before college, so I couldn't learn them at college since I already knew it. College would be better if these classes were not mandatory, that way the students wouldn't have to pay for credits that add to the credits that cause college to be more expensive when a certain number of credits have been taken.
  • I didn't agree very strongly to any of the questions. This really reflects me, not the teachers or the classes. When I was younger I didn't care as much about the general education classes. So it was hard to learn and retain knowledge about something I didn't care about. I have only recently realized the importance of these classes.
  • Math Courses were unhelpful and unrewarding and generally terrible for me other than my Intermediate algebra class. My ethnic gender mgmt. class routinely wanted me to admit I'm racist and sexist, and I would not. I believe that class needs an overhaul in its' course design. The class began with the assumption I am racist and sexist and this course would change me for the better. The final assignment was to assess how the class had changed us from being discriminatory to a more accepting person. I found both aspects to be very discriminating.
  • Fun times.
  • The classes I took were in applying and applicable uses not in abstract ideas, also much of these concepts were things covered in basic high school course work. Overall, I was disappointed in the fine arts courses, i.e. art history. At my previous college, where I obtained my associate's degree, I received a much more in depth education in the art. The University teachings in art history left much to be desired. As for my involvement in Ethnic studies, I felt the same as above as I took an art history related course. However, the whole course, as well as my humanities one, left me with an unpleasant experience as after I took both classes I came to find out that I did not need to take either, due to an "error in the system." In the end I took (and paid for) two unnecessary courses, which of course, took up the time slots for classes I actually needed. So, because of those unneeded classes, poor advising, and lack of communication between the fine arts department and communication technologies - I've had to push back my graduation date.
  • Honestly, I've had an awful experience at this school and would not recommend the University to anyone. Also, at the top of the form it states that if the survey taker is a transfer student to only answer those questions that pertain to courses taken at the University. Please note that before submitting that this form will not allow it to be processed unless all the questions are answered. I've only taken Art, Humanities, and an Ethnic studies course, so to move on I answered "3" to all the rest of the questions as I have no knowledge of the other classes offered.
  • I understand the importance of general studies. I have learned a lot by taking them. What I don't understand is why I needed to take Speech 1010 when I had already taken a speech class at Fox Valley Technical College that accepted as a transfer credit as Speech 3250. I think this is unacceptable. It seems to me the University is only concerned with getting as much money out of students as they can instead of actually caring about the students and working with them.
  • I have found the required general education courses, in general, to be useless in my chosen field. Those that are required as Gender Studies/Ethnic Studies do nothing but paint all white males as horrible people and regard ethnicity as the same as race (i.e. German is not a viable ethnicity, because it is white. African American is an ethnicity, even though the cultures and customs of those born in Africa are vastly different than those that have been American for centuries.)
  • In general, I have found that most gen eds have become a barrier to my education, slowing down my ability to take classes pertaining to my major, and creating obstacles to graduating in 4 years, as more and more requirements are added.
  • This survey is likely to be not helpful, as I don't believe that the gen eds have taught the majority of students to understand questions like "International education courses have helped me become open to the challenges and ambiguities of human plurality." I am finishing my second bachelor's degree, and have completed most of a master's degree and I'm not entirely certain I know what it means.
  • The classes were, overall, well taught and applicable to life. However, when you had a bad professor they were beyond bad. [Name deleted] (I am sure I spelled that wrong) was the worst teacher I have ever had in my life. She is known around campus as not only a bad teacher, but mean spirited as well. If I could change one thing about my college experience it would be taking class with this woman. I want to continue on with my masters and don't think I will select Platteville because of teachers like her. Side note: Quit nickle and dimeing everyone. When they sent me my English portfolio I had to pay for it at the post office! Then, it is $25 to graduate the next week. It is always something with this campus and it is frustrating. Throw it all in my tuition. I already am below poverty line so I can go to college, and you seem to pull stunts like that frequently. Keep in mind why you are running- because of broke college kids. Be nice to us every once and a while.
  • Some teachers should not be teaching anymore!!! I really dislike going into classes and all they can show are movies from the 1970's. I understand it is important to learn from the past but that is what history is for, some teachers need to also realize some students have outside responsibilities (jobs, families, volunteer, etc) and work with some of these students beside saying maybe you should give some of them up.... I would honestly rate my overall experience in general ed as less pleasant.
  • I did not take any fine arts or English Composition at UW-Platteville. You really should have a check box or the like letting us say we did not take any courses on that subject at Platteville. UW-Platteville was an amazing school to have the opportunity to grow, mature, and further develop my social skills and lifestyle. I will miss this campus tremendously but I am excited to begin my future and explore the many available options outside this area.
  • UWP has been a great experience and a wealth of knowledge for me. There is one professor in particular that did not contribute to my increase of knowledge in the Animal Science Department. I'm know sure if we are suppose to name names but he already has his tenure and because of that, no actions can be taken to make him change, at least from our student perspective. Even the anonymous feedback polls we do at the end of the semester don't seem to make a difference in his teaching habits. If there was someway to make professors accountable for even trying to change habits that student find unhelpful it would be appreciated.
  • I have had many classes cancel in my last semester here. Mostly because the professor doesn't want to be there. Has made my experience at UWP one I won't forget and never want to repeat. I would love to have learned and pushed to work harder instead it seemed like high school all over again. No one cares which ruins it for the ones who want to learn and get somewhere.
  • Overall, I felt well served by the General Education requirements at Platteville. I think that the program would benefit if the elective restrictions were relaxed a little bit. Rather than always choosing from the "approved class list," it would be nice if 1 or 2 classes could be reserved as completely elective. This way, a student would be able to select 1 or 2 classes based purely on personal interest. In my case, I always wanted to take accounting and/or a metals class. I never got the opportunity, because neither of these classes satisfied any graduation requirements. As an engineering major needing 131 credits to graduate, I didn't have time in my schedule to take any classes that didn't count towards graduation if I was going to finish in 4 years. Just food for thought, [Name deleted] Very PROUD of my degree from UWP
  • Classes depend way too much on which professor you have instead of the material presented. There should be one way things are done so I don't have to go on ratemyprofessor.com to figure out who to avoid and who to take. Also, engineering classes should be exempt from the new grading system. Our classes are much more difficult than most of the other majors.
  • some gen eds were helpful others not so much
  • I enjoyed my time spent at UWP. I liked the campus environment, and made many lifelong friends. I am very glad that I got involved with the Society of Automotive Engineers Formula Team on campus. I really liked the small class size, and direct interaction with the professors. I also think that UWP gives a more hands on approach to Engineering than that of others schools, especially if you are involved in extra curricular activities.
  • I had a very bad experience with my ethnic studies class. I took black experience in the U.S. Tell me how someone gets A's on everything and turns in everything on time get's a D in the class. It was absolutely awful.
  • Overall I think that gen ed classes where a joke for the most part and I felt that is though teachers didn’t care as much A gen ed should be added to make students to become aware of how food is produced in our country. I see a trend that most food consumers are very uneducated on where food comes from and how it is produced.
  • Physical fitness courses do have valuable lessons; however requiring them seems a little bit silly. At this point in your life you have either created the life skills that you wanted or not, and this course will NOT have you reevaluate those decisions. It is an ineffective course and requiring it as a general education credit is ridiculous for those of us who are here to get an academic degree. Also, I have lost weight using my own tools and on-line tools non of which were suggested by the fitness professors here. As a transfer student, I did not take some of the courses here that would fall under certain categories but still had to answer them anyways.
  • I feel like it would be much more beneficial to create gen ed courses that are more geared to each major. Such as having an engineering English course, where it would focus more on write reports on a more technical side instead of just whatever topic the teacher or student wants. This could also teach students more about the way the specific field creates reports and the proper formatting. I feel like the gender and ethics courses are not very well designed. We should not be talking about how minorities have less and their living environments are different but on why they are different. Many minorities live where they do because it is a lower cost living situation. We should not be just explaining fact but explaining the reasoning behind these issues. We also should not just tell people that if we give them welfare it will make it better because it obviously hasn't.
  • HIGHLY recommend establishing a senior/freshman mentorship program in addition to having an advisor. It’s always extremely helpful and useful to get students' perspectives and experiences!!
  • Electrical Engineering needs an AutoCad or related electrical version program offered as a class to learn how to use the program and implement design projects with the knowledge obtained. This type of class needs to be added to the engineering curriculum! This would be beneficial to EE students who don't have much exposure to the Cad programs. Many EE jobs on the market require experience with this program or related type programs.
  • Suck it
  • My experience at UWP has been a good one and I believe that I received a very good overall education.
  • I should have transferred from this school to another. The pre-medical program sucks. The advising for it is horrible. But, I love my professors, they care about teaching their students. Plus, I'm a double major and it isn't listed as an option in #4.
  • General education courses important and I wish my peers would respect the value of those classes even though they are not related to our majors directly. People forget that when they enter the workforce, they will be working with people with many different backgrounds. Being able to relate to co-workers is important part to group work cohesion.
  • [Name deleted] (English Teacher) was one of the worst teachers I have ever tried to learn from. I am a teaching major, and I feel embarrassed that someone could teach that way at a university with the respect that UWP has.
  • I love UWP and the Education program and professors are EXCELLENT! Thanks to all of the Education professors who helped me succeed in my career choices and made me gain a love for teaching!!!
  • Excellent teachers in the field of Psychology. Overall, most of the teachers I encountered at UWP (major and general education) were very helpful, professional, and enlightening. I learned a lot from them and have grown from their guidance. I would like to know in detail what the University is going to use the data for and if it leads to any changes. I don't see why asking how long ago you have taken the class relates to this exit survey. There should be a survey given to seniors that asked "what would you like to be asked" while we leave UWP.
  • Tell [names deleted] to retire. Tell [names deleted] to go into industry as engineers for a year, so they can actually understand how things are done in the present day and age, instead of spewing 20-30 year old information, practices, and procedures. They're washed up as professors, and no longer have any grasp on reality. Tell [name deleted] to go on sabbatical so he can get his marbles back. He's a great professor, just seems like he needs some time to sort things out & get organized.
  • I have extremely enjoyed my experience at UW-Platteville. Overall, my courses have been very beneficial in developing the knowledge and skills I have today as an upcoming graduate. I believe they have prepared me for the professional world. Thank you!
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  • I love UW-Platteville and the education I was provided because I chose to go to school here. What I do not like is the heavy focus on diversity. I feel as if no matter how hard we try to make everyone equal, the minorities seclude themselves. I know you often stick with what you know, but how are you supposed to open everyone up but you're closed off to others? We are constantly being told that the American educational system is far behind other countries, especially in the science and social science areas. If students are not receiving a basic training in the major disciplines in college, where will they receive it? I know there have been a lot of things that we covered in my general education courses that were brand new, or presented from an angle that I had not thought of before. While we won't be able to change the American educational system, we can make sure that UW-Platteville is a cut above with all of it's academic offerings. I hope that both students and teachers begin to take gen eds more seriously, particularly in the sciences. I wish ethics was addressed more specifically and gen eds could be slightly more tailored towards a major or concentration to count for more than just the gen eds so they were more efficient, but they're not hurting anyone right now.
  • Most of my responses don’t apply to classes at UW-Platteville. All of my classes that I took over 3 years ago were at my community college.
  • way too long of a survey.
  • College was fun, however those who abuse UWP's help should be punished. SUFAC on campus needs to investigate some clubs who are doing more than dipping into club funds for recreation.
  • I don't think this survey did a good job of helping me to convey my attitudes and thoughts about these subject areas. The options to express myself were too narrow and I felt that the questions were too specific to give an accurate answer with the options that I had. I feel like my general education coursework helped me to prepare for more in-depth courses in my degree fields but some of it was unnecessary and I couldn't say that the classes helped me more than they might have for others because I felt like I already knew a lot of the things that the general education classes sought to teach me, especially English, Math, History, and Fine Arts.
  • I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience at UW-Platteville and I have grown into a very mature, capable, responsible, culturally aware, and independent person. Some of this came from the classroom but a majority came from my experiences outside of the classroom in extra-curricular involvements. Ethnic and gender studies, freshmen comp, and my art class were all a waste of my time and money. I didn't learn anything i didn't already know or could ever use in everyday life.
  • This survey should be more open ended for transfer students because I didn't take most of these classes here and can't speak on the quality of courses in those subjects here, so my answers are not going to help your cause.
  • Love the campus, but I don’t like to see how the Chancellor is expanding it to try to make it "bigger and better". WE DONT WANT BIGGER..THAT'S WHY WE COME HERE. We want a small classroom size and one on one attention with professors. We don’t want big city influences here, they don’t mesh well with this community!
  • I don't believe economics should be a general education course. My experiences in those classes have shown me that almost no one can or does pay attention for any other reason than that they have to in order to know what's on the test. I would suggest leaving economics classes only for those going into a major and career field that would require then knowing about the overall economy. I took Macro&Micro Econ and learned/remember nothing.
  • Most of the disciplines mentioned above had no impact on my studies as a mechanical engineering student. Granted they "fulfill" the graduation requirements, but to me most of those classes I took were a waste of time.
  • Make the English courses (Freshman Composition) more rigorous. The amount of students that can barely write is embarrassing.
  • I hadn't realized the depth at which I had learned these concepts until I took this survey. I really have gotten a lot out of UW-Platteville! Thanks everyone!
  • Found some gen eds to be pointless... Some were interesting however. There is a need for an English class that is specific to one's major. As a chemist I was expected to write technical papers... Comp classes I had to take had nothing to do with those and felt like a huge waste of time. While I have gained many of the knowledge which is being questioned, I do NOT give credit to the general education classes required at UW-Platteville. Many of these topics were better discussed in classes within the major, or learned prior to my attendance at UW-Platteville (in high school). College is to learn technical skills to be applied in the workplace; any other classes taken should be to the student's discretion to better themselves or expand knowledge to their own interests.
  • I took all my gen eds in my first year and a half. I am now a 5th year senior, so I don't remember much about them. I just remember them being super easy and I put very little work into them and still managed to get A's in all of them. Easy GPA boosters. I wish I took my bio and science courses before them so I could have coasted more at the end of my time at UWP instead of the other way around.
  • Giving an example of some of the class categories would be nice
  • I have had a great experience here at UWP
  • Tested out of my Historical Perspectives with AP credits, so I am unable to answer those questions with agreement or disagreement.
  • Was this survey suppose to be a joke or something. There were literally 0 questions that actually pertained to my education here at UWP. Overall general education courses here are a huge joke and I have no more knowledge of anything from them. It was just a waste of my money. Where are the questions that pertain to the business department because there is a lot that I need to say there.
  • These questions seem very vague to me.
  • I have been here for 5 years. Over the last 5 years I have noticed a pattern and I believe that campus has a lot to think about. I know just in our biology department we are trying to compete against other campuses( especially to get into med school); Trying to critically teach instead of just reading off a PowerPoint - BUT maybe you need to listen to the students. When there are several students going to the chair about a certain professor-even though they are a ten year- they should re-evaluate them. I'd just like to say that [names deleted] were the only biology teachers I ever learned anything from. The rest I literally had to teach myself. A question I want to ask the university- when did an education become reading off a PowerPoint and not teaching anything conceptual or ever actually teaching it at all? WE also need to re-evaluate their chemistry program- Again, maybe they should actually teach before blaming the students for not understanding or saying we should have learned it in high school especially when its GEN CHEM and also they need to learn to not to only one teach to one learning style- I had a tutor, studied my butt off and went to office hours and still did awful on exams. The criminal justice department...where do I even begin- first off thank you for getting rid of Professor [name deleted]- although he was super energetic he never taught and canceled class a lot. I guess my main complaint concerning the program is there isn't much learning, I could take these courses at a two year school and probably learn more- The two classes I actually learned anything from was Fingerprinting with Dutelle and CI with Elmer. The best thing to ever happen to that dept was professor Johnson. I believe that she will do great things with that department. Also, the CJ house could definitely be utilized more. The over all environment of this campus was the thing I loved most about being at UWP. Everyone is so friendly and welcoming this is the main reason I stayed . I am very sad that it will be expanding and disappointed that it will not be the same UWP that I remember when I come back as an alum. I do not believe that we have to expand to keep up/competing with the other UW system schools; instead- we really should be wiping out the "terrible" professors and allow the students to have a chance to actually learn and get the education they are paying for.
  • I have enjoyed my time at UW-Platteville and it has changed me as a person to prepare me for the real world has to offer.
  • My one complaint involves the administration and organization of the college. Many times I did not know what was going on and unless I decided to ask specific questions, I never found out about information. I also was told by my adviser I was good to go for graduation, just before the last semester I find out I need 4 more classes than what I had anticipated to graduate. This almost postponed my graduation and caused me to have to figure out how to take more than a full load.
  • The courses were overall good and I learned a great deal in them. The instructors were generally very good as well.
  • I think some professors (Specifically those in the English department/Minority Women Writer professor) need to not bash other majors so much. I realize this survey was to understand if UWP is meeting student learning objectives, but when a professor bashes my major (my family's livelihood) because they don't like agriculture it makes me not want to listen to them. And there's nothing I can do to prove why agriculture is needed because she has in the past down graded for nicely trying to explain things to her.
  • A lot of the general education classes didn't do much for me other than mindlessly taking them just to fulfill my requirements. Most of them did not have any kind of impact on my learning experience. Certain classes were incredibly useful such as Technical Writing. The only classes that were general education that I enjoyed were classes like Astronomy and Planet Earth and that's only because they were extremely interesting and the professors teaching those classes were really good professors.
  • I have been here for 5 years. Over the last 5 years I have noticed a pattern and I believe that campus has a lot to think about. I know just in our biology department we are trying to compete against other campuses( especially to get into med school); Trying to critically teach instead of just reading off a PowerPoint - BUT maybe you need to listen to the students. When there are several students going to the chair about a certain professor-even though they are a ten year- they should re-evaluate them. I'd just like to say that [names deleted] were the only biology teachers I ever learned anything from. The rest I literally had to teach myself. A question I want to ask the university- when did an education become reading off a PowerPoint and not teaching anything conceptual or ever actually teaching it at all? WE also need to re-evaluate their chemistry program- Again, maybe they should actually teach before blaming the students for not understanding or saying we should have learned it in high school especially when its GEN CHEM and also they need to learn to not to only one teach to one learning style- I had a tutor, studied my butt off and went to office hours and still did awful on exams. The criminal justice department...where do I even begin- first off thank you for getting rid of Professor [name deleted]- although he was super energetic he never taught and canceled class a lot. I guess my main complaint concerning the program is there isn't much learning, I could take these courses at a two year school and probably learn more- The two classes I actually learned anything from was Fingerprinting with Dutelle and CI with Elmer. The best thing to ever happen to that dept was professor Johnson. I believe that she will do great things with that department. Also, the CJ house could definitely be utilized more. The over all environment of this campus was the thing I loved most about being at UWP. Everyone is so friendly and welcoming this is the main reason I stayed . I am very sad that it will be expanding and disappointed that it will not be the same UWP that I remember when I come back as an alum. I do not believe that we have to expand to keep up/competing with the other UW system schools; instead- we really should be wiping out the "terrible" professors and allow the students to have a chance to actually learn and get the education they are paying for.
  • I have enjoyed my time at UW-Platteville and it has changed me as a person to prepare me for the real world has to offer.
  • My one complaint involves the administration and organization of the college. Many times I did not know what was going on and unless I decided to ask specific questions, I never found out about information. I also was told by my adviser I was good to go for graduation, just before the last semester I find out I need 4 more classes than what I had anticipated to graduate. This almost postponed my graduation and caused me to have to figure out how to take more than a full load.
  • The courses were overall good and I learned a great deal in them. The instructors were generally very good as well.
  • I think some professors (Specifically those in the English department/Minority Women Writer professor) need to not bash other majors so much. I realize this survey was to understand if UWP is meeting student learning objectives, but when a professor bashes my major (my family's livelihood) because they don't like agriculture it makes me not want to listen to them. And there's nothing I can do to prove why agriculture is needed because she has in the past down graded for nicely trying to explain things to her.
  • A lot of the general education classes didn't do much for me other than mindlessly taking them just to fulfill my requirements. Most of them did not have any kind of impact on my learning experience. Certain classes were incredibly useful such as Technical Writing. The only classes that were general education that I enjoyed were classes like Astronomy and Planet Earth and that's only because they were extremely interesting and the professors teaching those classes were really good professors.
  • Although my comprehension and abilities varied with respect to the General Education course requirements, I really enjoyed History, Speech and other disciplines and learned some relevant, amazing things in each discipline. I started to learn about logic even though I withdrew from the course due to external reasons and I didn't do as well in Psychology. As far as the Math I encountered, I did not appreciate the expectations held by various professors in their requirements that I apprehend quickly the concepts presented rapidly day to day. I lost ground in trying to grasp the concepts and as a result of what I felt were unreasonable expectations from professors that I learn and operate the concepts quickly, I did but with great difficulty and I have grown disillusioned with how professors at UW-Platteville are administrating and disseminating these particular knowledge-streams. I really enjoyed Geography under the tutelage of those professors and I thought the field trip to Devils Lake State Park was a fabulous bonus even though fellow students and some professors may not have seen the requirement the same way. I liked all my gender and ethnic classes and learned a lot. But I will say that although I am a Com Tech graduate in the BILSA college, I am somewhat disgusted with managerial methodology and operational handling of students with respect to the academic process and matrix centered from the collective professorial body on the sixth floor of Pioneer Tower. I enjoy and have learned a lot in Communication Technologies but in the 4 and 1/2 years I have been a student here, I have found and experienced a number of inappropriate communications to myself and fellow students on operational protocol concerning academics and teaching methodology from this body ( a body that I would characterize as a "fiefdom with a serfdom") that does not mesh with the quality teaching environment and methodologies I have experienced from the Liberal Arts enterprise here.
  • My major was not listed in the options. This frustrates me. However, in the future, the forensic investigation major needs to be listed in the options. Thank you.
  • I was very disappointed with the general education portion of my education. I felt that these classes were just filler to put more credits into my degree. I would have gladly taken more classes that were degree specific, which would allow me to gain a better understanding of the subject before going into the field and working for a living. Especially in the field of civil engineering, where there is so much knowledge to learn, being able to take more classes in my field would have been greatly beneficial. Also the general education classes that I was enrolled in were taught just poorly, and were just pushing students through the classes without teaching the students real knowledge, or study habits. I also thought that these classes were taught by professors that did not particularly seem excited to be teaching these classes, and resulted in the assignments not expanding our knowledge and the classes were just a place for them to voice their opinions and direct the class in that manor. My education was a complete 180 degree turn when it comes to the civil engineer portion of my education. The professors were knowledgeable and willing to teach the students the information in a meaningful and productive manner. Overall I was pleased with my education at UW-Platteville, but the general education portion of my degree felt as if I was wasting my time.
  • I have greatly enjoyed my time here at UWP. I found that the general education courses I have taken have helped me become the person that I am.
  • The rules about what counts as a natural science should really be re-investigated. I am an engineering major, almost half of my courses are natural sciences AND have a lab component, yet most of them don't count and might even prevent me from graduating. This is a HORRIBLE policy by the university and should be investigated.
  • A lot of the general education courses are taught by professors who share their students "don't care" attitudes. I know that some of these professors care a lot about their upper level classes and put forth a lot of effort for those classes, but they know that often their general education students are only in their class because they have to be, so they teach their class with the same attitude. The classes in which the professors showed that they cared despite it being a general education class were the classes that I got the most out of.
  • Maybe you should consider waiving the fine arts requirement for those that have taken band/choir in high school. Art survey was honestly a waste of time.
  • 84. I have a lot of comments: 1) Depending on the scrutiny and observation of overseeing administration to manage and enact the goals of the University, some subjects (and specifically some lecturers/Ph.D.s) follow a structure, student feedback system, and lecture style that isn't conducive to academic learning and scholastic growth. 2) The international, gender, and ethnic courses at times have had issues with utilizing staff who cannot exercise a casual and comfortable articulation of English, so it is hard to establish your knowledge without saying something to them the one way they 'need' to hear it to know you follow the themes and lessons appropriately. Some other lecturers do not approach the subject with an academic sincerity and seem to go through the motions, or 'baby' it into fun - it is the partial fault of immature students you must market to and partially the fault of the lecturers for not maintaining a collegiate level curriculum and syllabi. 3) Some professors created an 'unsafe zone' where they would not work to empathize and understand me within the various semesters where I was juggling work, high credit loads, and even my internship - This came to a faulting point when my Bio lecturer asked me not to come to class anymore if I could not stay awake; this occurred only after three times that I had any fatigue in class, only 1 of them being that I fell asleep. In sincerity I told her my situation and she could not understand and labeled my failure to staying awake as a pension for partying. This was not conducive to my studies. 4) The cultural value of the campus other than drinking and its multicultural inclusion have been hot points in the University gossip (along with parking, but that has been there since the 1970's), but we seem to not realize that pushing kids out of their dorms with lottery systems, putting them in lounges 4 at a time, not tending to their needs when they have ridiculous room mates, and not allowing any opportunity for the to stay over break or have allowances for special travel circumstance continues to bolster a sense of a college that wants you hear for class, wants your money, but wants you out at every other moment. I know there a budget and time constraints, but don't ask a question you know you can't take time to honestly research or answer.
  • It's been fun, and I have almost always worked and studied my way out of any hiccups while here. I appreciate the staff in Psych to no end, and the occasional rogue lecturer in English, Art, and Sociology, etc... But my EIG, language and culture, and biology experience on this campus were less then satisfactory - shout out to A. Knudson, Hadorn, K. Hale, Perkins, C. Fein, D. Schuler, and R. Moninski (credentials acknowledge but not listed) Thanks UWP - All-in-All you have prepared me well for my grad school choice I am in your Alumni Assoc and will continue to support UW-Platteville's expansion
  • Overall, Platteville is a good academic school.
  • General Education requirements, however beneficial to their knowledge of society, should be scaled back to one or two areas of study of the student's choice. Or a 4 credit Gen Ed course should be created to address the key points of general education. Physical Education 1000 (Fitness Assessment) is a complete waste of time. Condense that crap into a weekend and let people move on with their lives, or make it more results-based and require students to actually exercise with the goal of seeing an improvement (with respect to where they started) or they fail.
  • This survey was stupid. I think college is pointless and is a waste of my time. I would rather pay someone off to get the slip to say I graduated and work instead because more valuable information is learned on the job than in some stupid classroom. I feel that school doesn’t help me in life. I feel that nothing I learned here was any better than what I already knew. I hated it here. It costs too much for what you get out of it. I still have no interest in my major field of study and chose it simply to get the hell outta here and done with all of this crap so that I can fake my way through life and own some business someday that rules the world. mwhahahahaha!!!
  • The gen-ed requirements need to be revamped. Too many classes are required that people have no interest in and it is a waste of our time and money. We're paying or the education, we shouldn't be made to take a bunch of useless classes.
  • I had a great experience at UW-P

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