Graduate Student Priorities 2010

1. GSO Priorities

 
The Graduate Student Organization (GSO) represents the interests of Northern Arizona University graduate students. The GSO would like to identify barriers and positive factors that impact your graduate education, and seeks to improve life for graduate students. Please communicate your interests and concerns to the GSO by completing this survey.
1. How old are you?
2. What is your marital status?
3. Do you have children under the age of 18?
4. Please choose a graduate program area you are currently affiliated with. If you belong to more than one program, please choose the one you are closest to completing.
5. What type of degree are you seeking?
6. Are you enrolled in a graduate program through Extended Campuses?
7. How many semesters have you received funding from NAU or external sources (e.g. grants, fellowships, assistantships, or employee assistance)?
8. How many semesters have you been enrolled while pursuing your current graduate degree at NAU?
9. How many more semesters do you have left to finish your degree (expected)?
10. Below are the main subjects of this survey. You will have a chance to evaluate each category more in-depth later in the survey. Please rate each subject by your general satisfaction with each.
Very satisfiedSomewhat satisfiedNeutralSomewhat dissatisfiedVery dissatisfied
Administration
Graduate Assistantships
Funding
Professional Development
Graduate Life
Community
Campus Sustainability/Facilities
11. Administration: Please rate each item by its level of importance to you.
Very importantSomewhat importantNeutralSomewhat unimportantVery unimportant
Ease of admission process
Improve ease of course registration
Increase detail of LOUIE billing
Improve tuition payment process
Improve Bursar/Financial Aid processes when receiving outside funding/scholarships
12. Graduate Assistantships: Please rate each item by its level of importance to you.
Very importantSomewhat importantNeutralSomewhat unimportantVery unimportant
Obtain 100% tuition remission for teaching and research assistants
Stipends/Wages
Improve resources and support for Teaching Assistanships
Fund or create a graduate student ombudsman (an impartial, confidential party to resolve conflicts between grad students and faculty/administrators)
Divide Orientation training sessions for Teaching Assistants and Graduate Assistants
Create Summer School Tuition Waiver (or at least 75% Tuition Remission)
Health Benefits/Availability of Resources
13. Funding: Please rate each item by its level of importance to you.
Very importantSomewhat importantNeutralSomewhat unimportantVery unimportant
Increase the number of campus fellowships and scholarships
Increase the number of teaching assistantships
Increase the amount of money available for travel awards
14. Professional Development: Please rate each item by its level of importance to you.
Very importantSomewhat importantNeutralSomewhat unimportantVery unimportant
Expand the Graduate Teaching Assistant training series: http://home.nau.edu/facdev/GTAseries.asp
Develop a program to train future faculty
Increase internship opportunities for graduate students
Create a mentorship program for incoming students
Create a seminar series with topics based on improving graduate and career success
Increase the number of graduate student research grants
Increase the number of opportunities for graduate student certificates and awards
Improve resume or curriculum vitae building/career preparation specifically for Graduate Students
Preparing Competitive Scholarship and Fellowship Applications
Publishing my own work
Faculty/staff with skills to aid your research
15. Graduate Life: Please rate each item by its level of importance to you.
Very importantSomewhat importantNeutralSomewhat unimportantVery unimportant
Create graduate student only on-campus housing
Obtain prescription health insurance option for graduate students
Change health insurance carrier
Improve off-campus child-care options
Create an on-campus child-care facility
Improve counselling/support group options
Increase course offerings
Support of your learning process
Library resources
Resources for professional skills
Computer/Technical support
16. Community: Please rate each item by its level of importance to you.
Very importantSomewhat importantNeutralSomewhat unimportantVery unimportant
Create a graduate student lounge or study area to improve cross-campus connections
Improve campus involvement of distance learning students
Improve employment opportunities for graduate students during the summer
Increase outreach, support, and involvement to international students
Increase outreach, support, and involvement of minority students
Improve and increase outreach to local communities
17. Campus Sustainability/Facilities: Please rate each item by its level of importance to you.
Very importantSomewhat importantNeutralSomewhat unimportantVery unimportant
Improve bicycle paths
Improve yellow bike program
Improve campus recycling program
Improve bus transportation
Improve or create incentives for those carpooling from off-campus
Reduce waste from on-campus dining
Improve printing services (such as double sided printing in the Library)
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18. Please identify the number one issue that you believe should be the main focus for GSO this academic year
19. Please elaborate on any of these topics, detail any obstacles to your success and your happiness, or give any additional ideas for how these could be improved in the box below.
If you want to work to improve or get involved in any of these areas, please email gso@nau.edu with your name, contact information and topic of interest. You need not be present at the GSO meetings to work on any of these topics. A GSO member will contact you.
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