Approximately 750,000 UNC-system undergraduate alumni received an email yesterday from their alma mater.
They were asked to participate in a survey about their undergraduate experience, ranging from their majors and extracurriculars to their preparedness for life after graduation and their careers.
The UNC system sent the 85 to 90 question survey to alumni who attended any of the 16 UNC-system colleges and universities for undergraduate degrees since 1940. The results of the alumni survey will be used to create a forthcoming 2019 survey of current UNC-system undergraduate students.
The survey was sent only to undergraduate degree-holders, because they are the largest population of UNC-system alumni. Cameron Howell, vice president of strategic initiatives, said the results will be used to compare UNC schools to other national institutions of higher education.
“In any case where survey research is being conducted or general research is being conducted, getting results and seeing those results in a vacuum doesn’t provide any context,” he said. “It’s natural to ask, ‘Are these results within the average? What can we learn by comparing these results to the way alumni in other institutions might feel about the same questions?’”