Outcomes Assessment Senior Exit Interview

Senior Exit Interview Description and Suggested Questions (2016-2017)


Before the students in your major graduate, please gather information from them about their perceptions of the department. The purpose of the senior exit interview is so that you, as a department, can ascertain student perceptions of their experience in the major, and so that you can make changes to improve the curriculum and/or pedagogy accordingly.

Below are several suggested questions. Add as many questions as you like that are specifically about your discipline and students’ experience in the major. You may remove questions that you do not think will be helpful or relevant to your department. Remember to include some questions about whatever aspect of the program you are currently directly assessing.

You may gather them in small focus groups and take notes, interview them individually, or distribute the survey in writing through Qualtrics or another program. Please require students to complete this, so that you get a good response rate. Many departments have had success by having students complete the senior exit interview as a Qualtrics survey during their senior capstone class.

Suggestions for Raising Response Rate

  • Students usually complete a survey if you give them ten minutes at the end of class to complete; consider distributing the survey in capstones in which you have contact with a high number of seniors.
  • Many students will appreciate complete anonymity, if that’s possible for your department.

Suggested Department Questions (Add or subtract as you see fit.)

1. How would you rate your overall experience in the [blank] department?

  • Very good
  • Good
  • Fair
  • Poor
  • Very poor

2. What was your primary reason for declaring a major in [blank]?

  • I entered college with the intention of declaring this major.
  • I took a course and the teacher and/or material influenced my choice.
  • I was interested in another major and switched to [blank] because I thought I would do better in it.
  • I thought the [blank] major would give me the best opportunity to find a job.
  • Other (specify)

3. What did you expect out of the department when you initially choose this major? In what ways were your expectations met or not met?

4. How prepared did you feel you were for your ILE?

5. What do you think were the strengths and benefits of your ILE experience? How could the ILE experience be improved?

6. Did what you learned in core curriculum (non-major) classes help you in your major? Did it enrich or resonate with what you learned in your major? Why or why not?

For the questions below, please rate the department’s ability to help you improve and excel in the following areas:

Rating Scale

  • Very good
  • Good
  • Fair
  • Poor
  • Very poor

7. Critical Thinking (The ability to understand, compare, contrast, analyze, evaluate, and develop complex ideas)

8. Writing (The ability to communication effectively through writing)

9. Speaking (The ability to communicate effectively through speaking)

10. Knowledge of the Discipline (Understanding of the core concepts of this major)

11. Research and/or Information Literacy (The ability to gather, evaluate, and use information)

12. Ethical Reasoning (The ability to evaluate complex situations and understand alternative perspectives)

13. Creativity (The ability to bring together ideas and act in innovative, imaginative ways)

14. Appreciation of Diversity (Recognition and understanding of the diverse experiences of others)

15. Future Preparedness (Including the workforce, graduate or professional school, service/volunteer work, or simply lifelong learning, how well prepared you think you are for life after Ursinus?)

16. Risk-taking (Ability to develop new ideas or projects that include the possibility of failure)