Freshman Student Survey
The Quality Enhancement Plan Committee is conducting a survey of first-time freshmen at Texas Southern University (TSU). The purpose of this survey is to learn about your experience at TSU and to identify ways we can help increase your success through the remainder of your undergraduate education. This survey is completely voluntary, and will only take about 20 minutes of your time. You may elect not to participate, skip any question, or stop at any time.
There are no foreseeable mental, emotional, physical, legal, or social consequences for completing the survey. Likewise, there are no penalties or benefits directly associated with survey completion. Though your responses will be linked to your T-number, instructors will not have access to your responses.
In addition, all data findings will be reported in aggregate (group) form, and will be used to inform TSU’s administration about challenges faced by first-time freshmen students as a whole. By moving to the next page of this survey, you are indicating that you are 18 years of age or older, and that you have read and understand your rights as a survey participant.
If you have questions about this survey, please contact Dr. Gregory Maddox, Chair of the TSU Quality Enhancement Plan Committee at 713-313-7889 or the TSU Office of Institutional Research at 713-313-4301.
On a scale of 0 to 5, where 0 indicates “None” and 5 indicates “A Lot,” rate each of the following subject areas in terms of academic difficulty experienced during your freshman year. Please use NA if you did not take a course in this area during the last semester.
|Subject||No Academic Difficulty||A Lot of Academic Difficulty|
|Communication (English 130)||0 1 2 3 4 5||NA|
|Communication (English 131 or 132)||0 1 2 3 4 5||NA|
|Mathematics (MATH 130 or 131)||0 1 2 3 4 5||NA|
|Mathematics (MATH 132 or Above)||0 1 2 3 4 5||NA|
|Life & Physical Sciences (BIOL;CHEM)||0 1 2 3 4 5||NA|
|Creative Arts (Art, Music, Theatre)||0 1 2 3 4 5||NA|
|American History||0 1 2 3 4 5||NA|
|Political Science||0 1 2 3 4 5||NA|
|Social and Behavioral Sciences||0 1 2 3 4 5||NA|
On a scale of 0 to 5, where 0 indicates “No Challenge” and 5 indicates a “Major Challenge,” rate the degree to which you believe each of the following things were challenges to your academic success during your freshman year. Please indicate NA if you did not use this support service or if it did not apply to you. For example, if you thought that large class sizes were “No Challenge” to your academic success during your freshman year you would pick “0”..
|Challenge||No Challenge||Major Challenge|
|Adjusting to College Life – Socially||0 1 2 3 4 5||NA|
|Adjusting to College Life – Emotionally||0 1 2 3 4 5||NA|
|Class Attendance||0 1 2 3 4 5||NA|
|Academic Advising within your Major Department||0 1 2 3 4 5||NA|
|Freshman Advising/Freshman Seminar||0 1 2 3 4 5||NA|
|Large Class Size||0 1 2 3 4 5||NA|
|Online Class||0 1 2 3 4 5||NA|
|How the Instructor Taught||0 1 2 3 4 5||NA|
|Classroom Technology||0 1 2 3 4 5||NA|
|Computer Lab Hours|
|Computer Lab Resources|
|Computer Lab Printing Limit|
|Financial Aid Processes|
|Amount of Financial Received for Books and Tuition|
|Lack of Child Care|
|Participation in Social Activities|
|Personal or Family Issues|
|Software/Lab Access Costs (not part of used book pricing)|
|Writing Lab Access|
On a scale of 0 to 5, where 0 indicates “No Difference” and 5 indicates a “Big Difference,” rate the degree to which you believe each of the following would have made a difference for you academically during your freshman year. For example, if you thought that mandatory class attendance would have made a “Big Difference” for you academically during your freshman year you would pick “5”.
|Scenarios||No Difference||Big Difference|
|Community Learning Groups||0 1 2 3 4 5||NA|
|Counseling||0 1 2 3 4 5||NA|
|Greater Access to Freshman Advisors||0 1 2 3 4 5||NA|
|Greater Access to Academic Advisors||0 1 2 3 4 5||NA|
|Greater Access to Classroom Faculty||0 1 2 3 4 5||NA|
|Expanding Computer Lab Hours/Resources||0 1 2 3 4 5||NA|
|Additional Computer Labs on Campus||0 1 2 3 4 5||NA|
|Mandatory Class Attendance||0 1 2 3 4 5||NA|
|Greater use of Technology in Classroom Settings||0 1 2 3 4 5||NA|
|Mandatory Tutoring in Life and Physical Sciences|
|Weekend/Evening Tutoring in Life and Physical Sciences|
|Mandatory Tutoring in Mathematics|
|Weekend/Evening Mathematics Tutoring|
|Writing Lab Access|
|Weekend/Evening Writing Lab Access|
|Other (please indicate):|
Why did you decide to attend TSU?
- to get a degree
- to take some courses and then transfer to another institution
- other (please enter your reason here):
When did you decide to attend TSU?
- High School Freshman/Sophomore Year
- High School - Junior Year
- High School - Senior Year
- After Completing High School
How did TSU rank among your choice of colleges/universities?
- 1st Choice
- 2nd Choice
- 3rd Choice
- Last Choice
Thank you for taking the time to provide your valuable input. We appreciate your thoughtful responses and effort.