Graduate Student Survey 2004
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This survey of graduate students, conducted in Fall 2004, covered such issues as research fees, health insurance, housing, child care, and dining. The survey was requested by the Graduate Student Council and the Vice President for the Office of Research and Graduate Studies. A total of 1,969 graduate students were surveyed, and 1,523 responded for a response rate of 77%.
Some schools were oversampled to ensure that the results could be tabulated by each graduate/professional school. An oversample of female engineering students was also included.
Survey Response Data
The main study population for this survey was all graduate students at the University of Virginia in the 2003-04 academic year. A total of 1969 graduate students were selected according to a stratified random sampling procedure to ensure a sufficient number of respondents from each of the graduate schools.¹ In addition, women in the engineering school were oversampled. The complete sample was composed of the following:
Additionally, the survey attempted to reach individuals who were enrolled in 2003-2004 but did not graduate or re-enroll in 2004-05. Classified as apparent dropouts, these 137 respondents would have received an abbreviated version of the current graduate student survey. The goal was to discern the cause of their decision not to re-enroll. However, only 25 of these individuals responded for a response rate of 18%. Though the results are reported, they must be viewed with caution, as the sampling error for a 95% confidence level is 18%.
All respondents were sent personalized letters, signed by Graduate Student Council President Thomas C. Bryan and Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies Roseanne Ford, on October 15, 2004 informing them of the importance and general purposes of the survey, assuring them of confidentiality, and inviting them to participate. The survey was conducted entirely over the web. Respondents were tracked via an alphanumeric randomized respondent key, and four email reminders were sent to those students who had not responded, beginning on October 28 and ending on November 18, 2004. Two postcard reminders were sent to those no longer enrolled, who were off-Grounds and without email accounts at the University. Four lotteries were conducted as incentives for respondents. A total of 70 prizes were awarded—10 $50 and 60 $25 gift certificates to the UVa Bookstore.
When the field period ended on December 1, 2004, 1,523 enrolled graduate students had responded, for a response rate of 77%. At a 95% confidence level, the overall sampling error for the survey was 2%. Click here for a chart indicating the number of responses, the response rates, and the sampling errors for each school and subgroup within the survey.
Questions regarding the administration of this survey, questionnaire, or the results can be directed to Sarah Schultz Robinson, Institutional Assessment and Studies, 434-924-3417 or email@example.com.
¹There are 7 graduate and professional schools. IAS reports basic medical science students as a separate school because students, while enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences, take a unique curriculum taught by Medical School faculty.