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					Graduate Student Life Report

Nathan Lindsay, Mike Polito, Amy Hector, Jonathan Peterson,
& Bryan Messina

April 11, 2011
Executive Summary
       In fall 2010, 407 graduate students participated in a survey concerning their experiences
at UNCW. The survey had a total of 37 questions - five qualitative questions 7 demographic
questions, and 25 quantitative questions. The questionnaire covered three general aspects of a
graduate students’ life including finances, campus resources, and support. Of the 407 students
who began the survey, 374 completed it, a 92% completion rate. These 407 students also
represented a 26% overall response rate, since 1578 students were sent the survey.

        Findings regarding students’ finances in this survey generally indicate that graduate
students are concerned about their financial situation (62% rated their personal financial situation
as average or below average). Also approximately half of the students who do not have an on-
campus job would prefer one over their current employment (if any). These findings could be in
part a product of the percentage of tuition compared to the average stipend. Historical data show
that since 2001 the rate of tuition has increased from 17% of the average stipend to 37%.

        The financial situation was also echoed in questions regarding support. When asked
what issues are important to graduate students and how UNCW could better support graduate
students, finances were the most popular response (accounting for 16% and 26% of all responses
respectively). A number of other qualitative responses also involved financial issues including,
concern about raising tuition, travel money available, grant and scholarship access, and cost of
supplies.

       Findings suggest that students feel comfortable with their knowledge about resources
available to them on campus. The average resource is known by 52% of the students (ranging
from 89% regarding the library to 31% regarding ethnic centers). However on average students
showed interest in receiving more information about any particular resource 14% of the time
(ranging from 5% regarding ethnic centers to 31% regarding nutritionist).

        Throughout this report, all percentile responses are rounded to the nearest whole number
unless a portion of the responses were under .5%, in which case the percentage decimal is given.
Accompanying this report are two Appendices which go into further detail about some of the
responses found here. The second contains further longitudinal data regarding students’
financial status from the past ten years and peer comparisons with 14 other universities. The
second file contains the actual qualitative responses given by students.




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Demographics
Current Enrollment Status:     65% - Full Time (on campus)      14% - Part time (on campus)
                               12% - Night/weekends (on campus) 9% - distance/online


Distance lived                 2% - On campus                        16% - Campus Area
from campus:                   67% - Between 1 – 25 miles           16% - More than 25 miles

Residency:                     82% - In-state                        8% - Out-of-state
                               10% - Out-of-state with in-state tuition remission

Marital Status:                38% - Married / domestic partner
                               62% - not married / no domestic partner

Dependents:                    22% - have dependents
(e.g., children, relatives)    78% - no dependents


Gender:                        28% - Male                           68% - Female

Age:

.27%       - Younger than 18
30%        - 18 - 24
30%        - 25 - 29
22%        - 30 - 39
8%         - 40 - 49
6%         - 50 or older
3%         - Prefer not to answer




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Finances
For peer group evaluations see appendix 1

How many payable hours a week do you work at an off-campus job?
6%   - 5 hours or less per week
8%   - 6–15 hours per week
15% - 16-39 hours per week (part time)
24% - 40 or more per week (full time)
47% - None – I don’t have an off-campus job

   Cross comparisons

   •   53% of All Students have an off campus job.
   •   37% of Full Time Students have an off campus job.
   •   20% of Students working full time on campus (20 hour GA/TA/RA or greater) also
       support themselves financially with an off campus job.


How many payable hours a week do you work at an on-campus job? (appendix 2, 3, 4, & 5 for
peer group evaluations)
3%      - 5 hours or less per week
5%      - 6–10 hours per week
2%      - 11-19 hours per week (part time)
31% - 20 hours per week (comparable to a full TA/RA/GA)
12% - More than 20 hours per week
48% - None – I don’t have an on-campus job

What type(s) of employment do you have on campus?
40% - Graduate Assistant (GA)
50% - Teaching Assistant (TA)
17% - Research Assistant (RA)
16% - Other Campus employment (please specify)




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Fig 1. Annual, full-time graduate student tuition at UNCW as a percentage of 10-month full-
time graduate student employee stipend (20 hour TA/GA/RA).


                               Tuition as a Percentage of Graduate Student
                                             Employee Stipend
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  % of Annual Tuition




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Would you be interested in an on-campus job, such as a TA, RA, or GA, if one was available to
you?
46% - Yes
54% - No

         Cross comparisons

         •              The majority of Full Time Students (244) would take an on campus job if more were
                        available.
                           o 63%        -Yes
                           o 37%        -No

Have you taken out student loans, while a graduate student at UNCW, to support yourself?
57% - Yes
34% - No
6%    - Not yet, but will likely take out loans before graduating


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      Cross comparisons

      •   The majorities of Full Time Students (244) have or will taken out loans (69%).
             o 65% - Yes
             o 31% - No
             o 4%        - Not yet, but likely

How satisfied are you with the level of financial support that has been made available to you
while a graduate student at UNCW?
16% - Very satisfied
39% - Moderately satisfied
21% - Neither satisfied not dissatisfied
18% - Moderately dissatisfied
7%     - Very dissatisfied


          Cross comparisons

      •   Dissatisfied students rated their personal finance situation as below average or poor more
          commonly than satisfied students (46% vs. 17%)
      •   Dissatisfied students were much more likely to be interested in an on-campus job if more
          were available than satisfied students (74% vs. 44%)
      •   The percentage of student who have or will take out loans, average loan debt, and cost of
          living are similar between these groups.


          Cross comparisons by group

- Full Time Students (244)                             - Students working full time on campus (164)

  -       15%     Very Satisfied                         -   18%      Very Satisfied
  -       42%     Mod. Satisfied                         -   43%      Mod. Satisfied
  -       15%     Neither                                -   12%      Neither
  -       20%     Mod. Dissatisfied                      -   20%      Mod. Dissatisfied
  -       8%      Very dissatisfied                      -   6%       Very dissatisfied


How would you rate your own personal financial situation as a graduate student at UNCW?
10% - Excellent
27% - Good
40% - Average
15% - Below average
8%   - Poor

      •   Responses did not differ greatly between all students, full time students and students
          working full time on campus.


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      •    Students with poor or very poor finances were much more likely to be interested in an on-
           campus job if more were available than students with good or very good finances
           (72.34% vs. 25.37%).
      •    Students with poor or very poor finances more commonly have or will have student loan
           debt than students with good or very good finances (80.22% vs. 41.55%).


  Cross comparisons by group



  -       Full Time Students (244)                        -   Students working full time on campus (164)
              o 9%        Excellent                              o 10%          Excellent
              o 23%       Good                                   o 27%          Good
              o 41%       Average                                o 39%          Average
              o 17%       Below Avg                              o 16%          Below Avg
              o 10%       Poor                                   o 7%           Poor


                                Finances based qualitative questions
Fig. 2. Annual rent, other basic expenses, and full-time graduate student tuition in comparison to
full-time graduate student employee stipend (20 hour TA/GA/RA) over three survey years at
UNCW.

             Annual Tuition & Cost of Living Expenses Relative
                 to Graduate Student Employee Stipend

          $25,000
                         Other Basic Expenses
                         Rent
          $20,000        Tuition & Fees
                         Stipend


          $15,000



          $10,000


           $5,000


              $0
                         2005-06                2007-08             2010-11

                                          Academic Year


Estimate of the total amount (in dollars) of loans you will have taken out during graduate
studies by the time you graduate:

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         •    Graduate students take out an average of $23,940 worth of student loans to complete their
              programs of study at UNCW. Loan debt does differ slightly (by ~$1,000 to $2,000)
              across the three groups examined, an overall 57% of students expected to have over
              $20,000 in loans at the completion of their degree.


     In-depth analysis of expenses:

     -       All Students (244)                                   -       Students working full time on campus (97)
         •    Average: $23,940                                        •    Average: $24,5464
         •    16%      Less than $10,000                              •    14%      Less than $10,000
         •    27%      $10,000 to 19,999                              •    31%      $10,000 to 19,999
         •    21%      $20,000 to 29,999                              •    16%      $20,000 to 29,999
         •    36%      Greater than or equal to 30,000                •    38%      Greater than or equal to 30,000


Monthly costs for each of the five expenses: includes rent, utilities, food, transportation
and health care / insurance


For all graduate students the average reported monthly cost for all basic expenses including rent
and health insurance was $1,528 per month. Average monthly costs for rent and health insurance
individually were $664 and $105, respectably. Both total and itemized monthly expenses were
slightly lower (~12-17% less) for Full Time Students and Students working full time on campus
who also tended to be younger, single and have no dependents.

         •    When examining changes in graduate student cost of living to two previous surveys of
              M.S. student in Biology and Marine biology, we found that the average reported monthly
              cost for all basic expenses have increased by $175 (+16.91%) since 2005 but has stayed
              relatively stable since 2007 (-5.02%). When examined separately, we found that while
              rent has remained relatively stable since 2007 (+3.70%), monthly heath insurance costs
              have increased by +49.23% over the past three years.


         In-depth analysis of expenses:

Total “Basic” Expenses

 -  All Students (327)                                        - Full Time Students (234)
                                                              - Full Time Students (234)
   - All Students (327)
 • Average: $1,528                                            •       Average: $1,264
                                                              •       Average: $1,264
   • Average: $1,528
        o 3%         <$500                                               o 3%
                                                                         o 3%
                                                                                      <$500
                                                                                      <$500
        o o22%          <$500
              3% $500 to 999                                             o 32%        $500 to 999
                                                                         o 32%        $500 to 999
   - Students working full time on campus (134)
        o 33%        $1,000 to 1,499                                     o 38%        $1,000 to 1,499
                                                                         o 38%        $1,000 to 1,499
        o 18%        $1,500 to 2,000                                     o 17%        $1,500 to 2,000
                                                                         o 17%        $1,500 to 2,000
   • Average: $1,278
        o 22%         >$2,000                                            o 10%
                                                                         o 10%
                                                                                       >$2,000
                                                                                       >$2,000

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            o   2%        <$500
            o   36%       $500 to 999
            o   32%       $1,000 to 1,499
            o   21%       $1,500 to 2,000
            o   9%        >$2,000

Rent Only


- All Students (374)                               - Full Time Students (234)

   •   Average: $664                               •   Average: $566
          o 36%      <$500                                o 44%      <$500
          o 47%      $500 to 999                          o 48%      $500 to 999
          o 17%      >$1,000                              o 8%       >$1,000


- Students working full time on campus (134)

   •   Average: $582
          o 44%      <$500
          o 45%      $500 to 999
          o 8%       >$1,000


Health Insurance Only


   - All Students (341)
                                                   - Full Time Students (212)
   •   Average: $105
                                                   •   Average: $91
          o 58%      <$100
                                                          o 59%       <$100
          o 20%      $100 to 199
                                                          o 24%       $100 to 199
          o 21%      >$200
                                                          o 17%       >$200

   - Students working full time on campus (134)

   •   Average: $89
          o 65%           <$100
          o 22%           $100 to 199
          o 13%           >$200




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Historical comparisons of Expenses. Source: Department of Biology & Marine Biology Master
Program Review. – Dr. Anne Pabts


          o Average Monthly Total “Basic Expenses”
                  2005: $1035(unknown number of respondents)
                  2007: $1274 (26 respondents)
                  2010: $1210 (25 respondents)


          o Average Monthly Rent Costs
                  2005: data not available
                  2007: $514 (26 respondents)
                  2010: $533 (25 respondents)


          o Average Monthly Heath Insurance Costs
                  2005: data not available
                  2007: $65 (26 respondents)
                  2010: $97 (25 respondents)


Campus Resources
Responses indicated the amount of students who are currently aware of the following resources

Seahawk Perch
48% - Yes                           24% - No, but I would like more information
28% - No

Counseling Center
62% - Yes                           12% - No, but I would like more information
26% - No

LGBTQIA Resource Office
36% - Yes                           14% - No, but I would like more information
50% - No

Upperman African American Center
31% - Yes                        5% - No, but I would like more information
64% - No

Centro Hispano
31% - Yes                           5% - No, but I would like more information
64% - No



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Health Center
80% - Yes                          6% - No, but I would like more information
15% - No

Student Recreation Center
79% - Yes                          11% - No, but I would like more information
10% - No

Campus Activities Involvement Center
56% - Yes                         18% - No, but I would like more information
37% - No

Career Services
67% - Yes                          20% - No, but I would like more information
13% - No

Library Services
89% - Yes                          6% - No, but I would like more information
6% - No

Center for Leadership Education and Service
41% - Yes                           28% - No, but I would like more information
31% - No

Dining Options
31% - Yes                          8% - No, but I would like more information
32% - No

Nutritionist
32% - Yes                          32% - No, but I would like more information
36% - No




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Support
Which of the following academic and professional resources would you be interested in utilizing?

Fig. 3. Academic and professional resources which graduate students’ indicated they would be
interested in utilizing. Blue bar represents the percentage of people who endorsed it compared to
the total amount of people who answered the question (377). The red bar represents the
percentage of people who endorsed it compared to the amount of items which were endorsed in
total (1202).




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Fig. 4.Social functions graduate students who be interested in attending. Blue bar represents the
percentage of people who endorsed it compared to the total amount of people who answered the
question (377). The red bar represents the percentage of people who endorsed it compared to the
amount of items which were endorsed in total (927).




                          Support based qualitative questions
What other issues are important to you as a UNCW graduate student? (N= 211)
   -   41 - Stipend Increase / More GA,RA,TA positions
   -   23 - Parking
   -   23 - Scholarship / Grant access

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   -   20 - Tuition increase / cost
   -   20 - Funding for travel
   -   18 - Cost/Funding of Supplies (Books/Office/Thesis Related)
   -   16 - Help with finding a job
   -   16 - None, N/A
   -   14 - Loans (help with repayment/attaining/amount)
   -   12 - Health Insurance
   -   10 - Tuition (Remissions/Waivers)
   -   9 - Mandatory Fees
   -   5 - On campus food
   -   5 - Childcare
   -   2 - Housing
   -   14 - Miscellaneous


What other academic, professional, and/or social events would you be interested in
attending? (N=142)
   -   34 - Professional Development / etiquette
   -   13 - Social events with other graduate departments
   -   13 - Research / Speaker related
   -   6 - Sports related
   -   3 - Alcohol related events
   -   2 - On campus – Undergraduate related
   -   2 - Alumni events
   -   2 - Family related
   -   20 - Misc
   -   18 - None / No time


How can UNCW better support graduate students (N=212)


   -   56 - Financial Support / increased stipend
   -   22 - More facility access
   -   19 - Parking
   -   17 - Networking
   -   13 - Tuition / Fees
   -   12 - Doing a good job
   -   8 - Representation
   -   7 - More Classes
   -   7 - Travel Funds
   -   6 - Better Equipment
   -   5 - Child Care
   -   3 - Housing Options
   -   3 - Printing
   -   2 - Ph.D Planning

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   -   2 - Scheduling options
   -   27 - Miscellaneous


What other academic, professional, and social issues are important to you as a UNCW
graduate student? (N=141)


   -   20 - More / Better social events
   -   14 - Jobs / future
   -   12 - Facility / resource access
   -   10 - Money
   -   8 - More mentoring
   -   6 – Environmental issues
   -   5 - Invited speakers
   -   4 - Better dissemination of what is already available
   -   4 - Research opportunities
   -   4 - More / Better healthy lifestyle options
   -   3 - Planning for graduation
   -   3 - Diversity Issues
   -   3 - More Ph.D. programs
   -   2 - Classes offered
   -   2 - Heal with registration
   -   2 - More recognition
   -   9 - Misc
   -   30 – None




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Plans to Utilize Data (as outlined by Mike Polito):

Based on the results of this survey, we have identified five major issues which require attention
during the spring 2011 semester and the 2011-2012 academic year. The following describes each
issue and proposed initiatives by GSA to act enact and help address graduate students needs:




       1) Graduate Tuition & Fees: Increased by 300% over the past 11 years.
                  •   Engage with graduate program coordinators and graduate school to
                         ensure equitable distribution and utilization of available out of state
                         tuition remission waivers (spring 2011 & 2011-2012).
                  •   Meet with the university administration and/or provost in spring 2011 to
                         discuss reduction or elimination of specific fees that are not utilized or
                         under-utilized by graduate students (i.e. athletics and student housing
                         debt fees).



       2) Assistantships & Campus Jobs: The majority of graduate students who do not have
               an on-campus job would prefer one over their current employment.
                  •   Work with the UNCW Graduate School to create and maintain a UNCW
                         TA/GA/RA job board to connect graduate student with available
                         assistantships. This website should be live by fall 2011.
                  •   Educate graduate student about campus jobs on SeaWork and encourage
                         campus employers to recruit graduate students for available positions.
                         Education can take place at orientation and Graduate Student
                         Association meetings. Outreach to employers will be ongoing.
                  •   Meet with the university administration and/or provost in spring 2011 to
                         discuss availability and allocation of assistantships in relation to
                         unfilled faculty position salary derived from recent tuition increases.




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3) Assistantships Stipends: Stipends have not kept up with increasing graduate tuition
       and fees. Tuition has increased from 17% to 36% of stipend over the past 11
       years.
          •     Meet with the university administration and/or provost in spring 2011 to
                   discuss a long term plan for adjusting stipend amounts in relation to
                   changes in tuition and fees.



4) Student Loans: Graduate students take out an average of $23,940 worth of student
       loans to complete their programs of study at UNCW.
          •     Meet with the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid to discuss the finding
                   of this survey (spring 2011 – fall 2012).
          •     Facilitate an open forum for graduate students to discus financial aid and
                   loan issues during fall 2011 in collaboration with Auxiliary Services
                   Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid.



5) Graduate Student & TA/GA/RA Parking: 83% of graduate student live >1 mile
       from campus and require commuter parking. 52% have an on campus job that
       require commuter parking. Due to construction project there has been a significant
       loss of commuter parking spaces on campus.
          •     Meet with the head of Auxiliary Services in spring 2011 to discuss parking
                   options for graduate students. Specific topic include:
                    o Faculty/staff parking for teaching assistants
                    o Dedicated commuter lot and/or parking deck space for graduate
                            students and/or TA/RA/GA
          •     Facilitate an open forum for graduate students to discus parking issues
                   during fall 2011 in collaboration with Auxiliary Services.




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Based on the information shared in the assessment, the Graduate Student Life (GSL) office
proposed the following action steps and initiatives for the 2011-2012 school year (as outlined by
Amy Hector):


   1) Support GSA in the five steps and initiatives listed above.


   2) Develop and implement a Professional Development Certificate for Graduate Students.
       Students will receive this certificate after attending professional development workshops
       hosted through the Seahawk Perch. These workshops will cover topic areas that were
       shared in the assessment as well as others deemed appropriate by the GSL staff. This
       will be a collaborative program with the Center for Leadership Excellence and Service
       (as consultants only), the Career Center & the Graduate School.


   3) Graduate Students shared that they did not know many of the resources available to them
       here on campus. The Graduate Student Life office will a) create a directory of student
       resources to be shared at Orientation. This directory will highlight student services and
       how Graduate Students can utilize the offices. Additionally, this directory will be placed
       on the GSL website; b) GSL will host some programs within these spaces and c)
       purposeful marketing of the Student Services Fair held on the first day of classes to the
       Graduate Students will occur.

   4) GSL will continue to examine the various social opportunities for graduate students.
       Graduate Student Week will continue for the Spring 2011 and Spring 2012. GSL will
       work even closer with GSA to help make these events a success.

   5) Seahawk Perch staff will continue to outreach to students who are graduate students and
       non-traditional (military/parents/etc) and connect them to appropriate resources.

   6) Graduate Student recognition will increase. We will find ways to highlight outstanding
       graduate students at the Seahawk Perch through displays, bulletin boards and website
       recognition. We will develop a process to do this through the Program Coordinators.



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7) GSL has a nice partnership with UNCW presents in providing tickets to performances on
   campus. We will try to increase the number of tickets and look into other opportunities
   for cultural development including UNCW theater productions and tickets to events at
   Thalian Hall.

8) GSL will continue to be an advocate for Graduate Students at UNCW and will funnel
   additional information and feedback to the appropriate offices.




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              GRADUATE STUDENT LIFE REPORT APPENDIX I:
    Graduate student cost of living, financial status and tuition and fees comparisons
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Table 1. Annual, full-time graduate student tuition at UNCW as a percentage of 10-
month full-time graduate student employee stipend (20 hour TA/GA/RA).
  Year                            TA/GA/RA Stipend                   Annual Tuition & Fees                      Tuition / Stipend (%)
 2000-01                               $8,250                               $1,374                                        17
 2001-02                               $8,500                               $1,615                                        19
 2002-03                               $9,000                               $1,823                                        20
 2003-04                               $9,000                               $2,241                                        25
 2004-05                               $9,000                               $2,368                                        26
 2005-06                               $9,000                               $2,558                                        28
 2006-07                               $9,500                               $3,146                                        33
 2007-08                               $9,500                               $3,294                                        35
 2008-09                              $10,000                               $3,380                                        34
 2009-10                              $10,000                               $3,558                                        36
 2010-11                              $11,000                               $4,021                                        37
Sources: UNCW website, Graduate School, Dept. Biology and Marine Biology




                                             Tuition & Fees as a Percentage of Graduate
                                                      Student Employee Stipend
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            % of Annual Stipend




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Fig 1. Annual, full-time graduate student tuition at UNCW as a percentage of 10-month
         full-time graduate student employee stipend (20 hour TA/GA/RA).



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Table 2. Annual rent, other basic expenses, and full-time graduate student tuition in
comparison to full-time graduate student employee stipend (20 hour TA/GA/RA) over
three survey years at UNCW.
                                                                                                        % of All
                                  Annual
                 Annual                                Annual          All Tuition                      Tuition &
                                  Other                                                   Annual
Year             Rent                                  Tuition &       &                                Expenses
                                  Basic                                                   Stipend
                 Expenses                              Fees            Expenses                         Covered by
                                  Expenses*
                                                                                                        Stipend
2005-06               $5,208              $7,212             $2,558          $14,978           $9,000         60.1%

2007-08               $6,168              $9,120             $3,294          $18,582           $9,500         51.1%

2010-11               $6,396              $8,124             $4,021          $18,541          $11,000         59.3%
Sources: UNCW website, Graduate School, Dept. Biology and Marine Biology 2005 and 2007 Surveys, GSA survey 2010
*Other basic expenses include: utilities, food, transportation and health care / insurance.




                        Annual Tuition, Fees & Cost of Living Expenses
                        Relative to Graduate Student Employee Stipend

                $25,000
                                      Other Basic Expenses
                                      Rent

                $20,000               Tuition & Fees
                                      Stipend


                $15,000


                $10,000


                  $5,000


                       $0
                                   2005-06                   2007-08               2010-11

                                                       Academic Year

    Fig. 2. Annual rent, other basic expenses, and full-time graduate student tuition in
  comparison to full-time graduate student employee stipend (20 hour TA/GA/RA) over
                               three survey years at UNCW.




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Table 3. Annual, full-time, in-state graduate student tuition, tuition waiver and 10-month full-time graduate student employee stipend
(20 hour teaching assistant) at UNCW and 14 peer institutions.
                                                                                                                     Net
                                In-State                                    Net           Avg.                     Tuition
                                                                                                       Net
Institution                    Tuition &              Waiver             Tuition &      Stipend                    & Fees       Notes
                                                                                                     Stipend
                                  Fees                                     Fees          (~20h)                        /
                                                                                                                   Stipend
College of New
                                 13,671                10,000              3,671             0            0           NA        Waiver only. No Stipends for TA
Jersey
U. Wisconsin -
                                 8,058                   100               7,958         10,530        2,572         76%        $50 Waiver per semester for TA
Eau Claire
College of
                                 8,226                    0                8,226         12,400        4,174         66%        No waivers for in-state students with TA
Charleston
U. of Northern
                                 8,026                  5,340              2,686          8,644        5,958         31%        Tuition & Fees partially waived with full TA
Iowa
Towson
                                 7,542                  5,832              1,710          8,000        6,290         21%        Tuition only waived with TA (up to 9 h)
University
Cal. Poly. State U.              7,636                  5,386              2,250          8,724        6,474         26%        Tuition only waived with TA (fees not)
UNC Wilmington                   4,021                    0                4,021         11,000        6,979         37%        No waivers for in-state students with TA
Humboldt State U.                6,863                  5,343              1,520          8,724        7,204         17%        Tuition only waived with TA (fees not)
Murray State U.                  3,564                  1,000              2,564         10,000        7,436         26%        $500 Waiver per semester for TA
Rowan U.                         13,462                11,052              2,410         10,000        7,590         24%        Tuition only waived with TA (fees not)
Sonoma State U.                  6,492                  5,472              1,020          8,724        7,704         12%        Tuition only waived with TA (fees not)
Truman State U.                  5,724                  5,724                 0           8,000        8,000          0%        Tuition & Fees waived with TA ( up to 9 h)
James Madison U.                 6,102                  6,102                 0           8,664        8,664          0%        Tuition & Fees waived with TA ( up to 9 h)
Western
                                 5,256                  3,800              1,456         10,647        9,191         14%        Tuition & Fees partially waived with full TA
Washington U.
U. Texas - Dallas                10,248                10,248                 0          15,000       15,000          0%        All Tuition & Fees waived with TA
Source: Peer universities websites and email/phone surveys of graduate schools at peer institutions. Tuition & fees amounts are based on minimum hours per semester/quarter for full
time enrolment at each institution (range: 6-9 hours). Stipend amounts at Cal Poly, Sonoma State and Humboldt State are based on the CSU pay schedule.




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                                    Graduate Stipends Relative to Tuition & Fees at UNCW and Peer Universities
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                                               GRADUATE STUDENT LIFE REPORT APPENDIX II:
                                                     Responses to qualitative survey questions



      Q:10 What other issues are important to you as a UNCW graduate student?
#                                                                                                                                                            Percent
41   Stipend Increases/More GA/RA/TA positions                                                                                                                  19.40%
     Better pay
     Cost of meal plans, cost of parking, pay scales and rates for on-campus employment available to graduate students, costs of books and materials,
     costs of printing. (repeat)
     Equality in stipends throughout all departments
     Funding needs to be higher and health insurance needs to be free. It's very common among universities.
     GA positions should pay better. Offer more scholarships for graduate students. (repeat)
     Given the low wages in this town, I think it's very important to have TAships that you can live on. I personally would not be able to live on
     $1400/month if I had to pay rent. I just get by as it is. Also, other schools who offered me TAships offered complimentary health insurance. I
     believe TAs should not have to pay for that.
     Graduate students in a research-based field should be FULLY supported in order for UNCW to be a competitive graduate school. I am very
     fortunate in that my advisor provides me with financial support (both tuition and stipend). There is no way I would have chosen UNCW if this
     support was not offered; I was offered a $22,000 yearly fellowship and a tuition waiver at my 2nd choice schoool. UNCW should be able to
     provide a tuition waiver (not just a remission) for every research-based student for the full term. We will miss out on excellent graduate
     students because this is not currently available. With as much work and devotion required of a grad student, bartending part-time to pay off
     tuition should not become a priority.
     Having money for food
     having no financial support during my unpaid internship
     Higher pay for GAs. The current stipend isn't enough to live on in Wilmington.
     I commute 2 hours each way to come to UNCW. It would help a little if the stipend were to go up a little to help pay for the transportation
     expenses. I put a lot of miles on my vehicle, and though it's good on gas, I have to take extra preventative steps in order to keep it in adequate
     working order. $12,000 isn't very easy to live off of when you have no extra time for another job.
     I don't have enough money to support myself period. My parents are helping me with health and car insurance, any doctor bills, any vehicle
     maintenance and any other large ticket expenses. I'm basically riding their financial wake. I haven't had to take out loans because I'm fortunate
     in that my parents are supportive still but otherwise I would be heavy in loan debt.
     I just need more pay as a GA in order not to feel the stress of financial obligations. I would like it to feel more like a paying job than just a way
     to boost my resume when I enter the job market
     I received a federal grant-I have not taken out actual "loans." However, I have not yet touched any of this money a) because the online
     interview process is unclear b) because the rate at which interest accrues is unclear c) I have not had any real need to use it; as a graduate
     student I am living at my parent's home, which is adjacent to campus. GA positions would be far more appealing if they reimbursed students
     with more money. 20 hours a week for 9 months would be excellent for $18,000. I saw one position of this description back in fall, but my
     understanding is that most positions of these hours only offer $10,000.
     I struggle with having to pay for parking and health insurance. As a TA, I work well over my 20 paid hours a week, and see other TAs at other
     schools who get full tuition remissions for their whole time as students, and decent benefits packages. I am grateful for the amount of support I
     have, since it's more than many folks in my department, but it still could be more comprehensive.
     I wish that I could make enough money through student jobs to enroll full-time.
     I'm financially independent from my parents so it's difficult paying other bills like credit cards, etc. that I have gotten myself into from previous
     years when I was going through financial hardships. Even as much as $100 more a month would be a tremendous help. I don't feel that the loan
     reimbursement is enough most semesters, I still struggle month to month. A part time job helps, but my grades have dipped slightly and I won't
     be able to work once I start doing research.
     In order to attract more graduate students to small programs, the stipends should be larger. Also there is no budgeting available for department
     community building activities. Community builds loyalty and loyalty builds character and dedication.
     Increasing the amount of funding received for being a graduate teaching assistant
     Lack of spending money once all the bills are paid. Emergency costs that pop up throughout the semester: i.e. vet bils, car repairs.
     Low stipends, the high cost of parking permits and the lack of health benefits for graduate student employees. (repeat)
     More fellowships, better GTA pay, more scholarships. (repeat)
     More funding through TA-ships
     More graduate research stipends for summer and school-year research. I continue to conduct research on my own during the school year in
     addition to being a full time TA and it would be nice have a small research grant from the graduate school to help support me financially as I
     strive to complete my thesis research. Also, it would have been helpful to have research stipends available for summer research as well.

     more opportunities for financial assistance for good grades, reseach, tuition support, travel opportunity to earn funds towards vouchers, (repeat)
     Need more full TAships!
     Not having to stress over what portion of my paychecks & loans need to cover necessities...
     Parking is very expensive. When I was a TA, the stipend was definitely not enough to live off of. Also, paying tuition, even in-state, adds up.
     (repeat)
     Scholarship Availability, Increase in Pay for 2nd year graduate assistants (repeat)
     Stipend for graduate students, either as TAs or RAs, should be higher. Especially at the Master's level.
     students who do receive RA/TA/etc. financial support have to pay state income tax on their "earnings" as well as give the money back for
     tuition
     I feel as though we should be paid hourly, rather than just a set salary every month. The amount I receive from my on-campus job position is not
     enough to cover my monthly expenses.
     Stipends, scholarships, or opportunities to complete service to repay loans would be great! (repeat)
     -The fact that as a TA, graduate students are still required to pay for a parking decal (which then only allows them to park in the dwindling
     amount of parking spots available, as the university continues to sell more parking passes while simpultaneously removing more parking lots
     that students are allowed to park in). -The fact that even if I were able to obtain a job off-campus right now (which I have been trying to do
     since early June of this year...yet, due to the overall lack of jobs in general, I am forced to take-out loans just to pay my bills), my academics
     would likely suffer as a result. That is, the amount of work that we are expected to do as graduate students is, in itself, essentially a "full-time
     job." Thus, I do not know what it would be like if I could actually obtain a job in the current economy. -Money I am going to require for
     applying toa PhD program once I finsih my Master's level program at UNCW. That will be somewhere between $2,000-$4,000 that I do not
     have. -I think that the University should make more jobs available to graduate students on-campus (in a similar fashion as they do with
     The TA salary is enough to cover day to day expenses (as long as you spend wisely/don't have expensive rent or morgage payments), but I need
     to take out loans to cover tuition (after the remission), student health insurance, and books every semester. I do appreciate the recent reduction
     in the price of student insurance. However, it would be nice to be able to save enough money from TAing so that I wouldn't have to take out
     loans to cover tuition. It is just impossible at this point and if I have any extra expenses (a flight home, copay for a doctor's visit or perscription,
     car repair) I will go over my monthly budget. At this point in my graduate career, I don't have time to have an off campus job because research,
     courses, and being a TA take up just about all of my time.
     The underlying issue, so far as I am concerned, is that graduate students are 'encouraged' not to work off-campus, yet the availability of on-
     campus or school-issued financial support is not sufficient to fully support all of the students in the program. A second issue I have encountered
     is that the time investment necessary for a part-time TA/GA position is not always accurately reflected in the number of paid hours alloted. I
     regularly put in more hours per week than I am paid for, which is particularly frustrating when it cuts into time which could be dedicated to
     either academics or paid employment. All things considered, the ongoing financial issue is my only real complaint about UNCW's grad
     program!
     There should be additional support for tuition and books. (repeat)
     There was not the opportunity to hold a TA or GA position until my final semester as a graduate student. I know there are opportunities outside
     of my department, so I wish I was more aware of these prior to attending school.
     UNCW stipends are low compared to similar universities

     Would have been a lot easier for me when applying if the deadline for GA positions was the same as the cutoff date for applications. I didn't
     know that I was going to be able to go to graduate school until shortly before the deadline for applying (I graduated from UNCW Fall 2009 and
     applied by April 2010) , so I missed the deadline for being considered for an GA position. Doesn't seem fair for the deadlines to be different,
     especially for those who graduate in the Fall and may not be able to assess their financial situation for a couple months after graduation.
     Working 2 jobs so I don't have loans

23   Parking                                                                                                                                                    10.90%
     Although I do not have a parking permit (because I ride my bike) it would be nice to have a parking permit for occasional parking usage (i.e.
     inclement weather, loading/ unloading). Or allow graduate students to have a break on the cost of a parking permit.
     Cost of a commuter parking pass. I already pay for all tuition and fees out of pocket, then I commute 60 miles one way to attend campus classes
     and then I get charged an overpriced rate to park on campus. What is this fee used for? I know there is probably a bigger picture, but I imagine
     there is some waste involved.
     cost of parking.
     cost to park on campus
     I don't really have this issue because I have to drive to main campus so I already have a parking pass...but I know a lot of grad students that have
     purposefully moved close to main campus to save the hundreds of dollars it costs to park...and then they're told that they need to spend it
     anyway in order to park legally at CMS...that's ridiculous!
     increased tuition that came out of nowhere; parking is very expensive considering I am only on campus 2 days/week and have to pay the entire
     $300+ for a semester pass - also, no options for on-campus housing for grad students so I have no choice but to live off-campus and pay for
     parking pass; Graduate Assistantships are very important and DO help me out a lot, so that's a plus!
     Low stipends, the high cost of parking permits and the lack of health benefits for graduate student employees.
     Parking access, library should be open 24 hours day
     Parking costs account for 3% total of my entire annual income. This is far too high, to have to pay $300 to come to work.
     Parking costs, high cost of food on campus
     Parking is very expensive, and it seems unfair to have to fight undergrads for parking spots, especially the grad students. Why can't grad
     students park in the yellow spots? The faculty lots rarely seem full so who is parking in the yellow spots in student lots. It would not seem as
     unfair if we either didn't have to pay so much for parking or could park in the yellow spots.

     Parking is very expensive, especially for students who are only on campus for a two week period, like we are. I am in the Conflict Management
     Resolution program and I could not justify purchasing a parking pass for two weeks of lecture. I was forced to park off campus to avoid a ticket.
     Parking is very expensive. When I was a TA, the stipend was definitely not enough to live off of. Also, paying tuition, even in-state, adds up.
     Parking passes are too expensive. On campus food is too expensive.
     Passes to park on campus are very expensive and the rates per credit are bizarre. Why does the cost of a pass double when you go from 6 credits
     to 7 credits, and why is that cutoff not the same as the cutoff at which tuition rates increase?
     Paying for a parking pass that I never use.
     Paying for parking as a graduate student/employee is insulting, especially when you consider that the university offers no shuttle to and from
     CMS.
     -The fact that as a TA, graduate students are still required to pay for a parking decal (which then only allows them to park in the dwindling
     amount of parking spots available, as the university continues to sell more parking passes while simpultaneously removing more parking lots
     that students are allowed to park in). -The fact that even if I were able to obtain a job off-campus right now (which I have been trying to do
     since early June of this year...yet, due to the overall lack of jobs in general, I am forced to take-out loans just to pay my bills), my academics
     would likely suffer as a result. That is, the amount of work that we are expected to do as graduate students is, in itself, essentially a "full-time
     job." Thus, I do not know what it would be like if I could actually obtain a job in the current economy. -Money I am going to require for
     applying toa PhD program once I finsih my Master's level program at UNCW. That will be somewhere between $2,000-$4,000 that I do not
     have. -I think that the University should make more jobs available to graduate students on-campus (in a similar fashion as they do with
     The tuition at UNCW is reasonable. The fees seem high, especially for students who commute. Parking is too expensive. There's absolutely no
     reason that I should have to pay to do an unpaid internship.
     tuition, parking
     With classwork, TA work, and research I don't have time to get an off campus job, but the on campus job does not cover my expenses. Also, I
     am required to drive to CMS, but cannot afford a parking pass and do not need to park on campus. I think CMS should provide affordable
     parking for students doing research
     Cost of meal plans, cost of parking, pay scales and rates for on-campus employment available to graduate students, costs of books and materials,
     costs of printing.
     Cost of text books, cost of parking, increases to mandatory fees

23   Scholarships/Grants (Access)                                                                                                                               10.90%
     Access to scholarships and grants
     As a graduate student, my only financial aid option was to take out student loans. I would like to see other options made available to graduate
     students (i.e. grants, scholarships. etc)
     as an undergraduate, I was given more grants based on my academic standing, however, as a graduate student I solely rely on loans and will be
     $40,000 in debt when upon finishing a two-year program. The University should reward good academic standing students in graduate school
     who are unable to receive work as a TA, assistantship, etc.
     As many scholarships as possible.
     would like more opportunities for grants. Also, I would like the window for the state to pay back undergrad loans to be extended as long as you
     are using the degree or pursuing masters.
     It would be nice to have more scholarship information made available.
     It would be nice to have scholarships and grants for graduate students.
     more grants/scholarships that are accessible to more students/better dissmenation of the info out there
     More money for internship scholarship
     More scholarships for graduate students who work full time
     Research grants, travel grants, equipment grants, books and school materials.
     Scholarship Availability, Increase in Pay for 2nd year graduate assistants
     Scholarship money for more than a small amount ($250 & $500 does not go very far for an academic year, much less for summer sessions).
     Travel funds for presenting at conferences should also be increased & readily available.
     scholarships
     Scholarships
     Scholarships and grants for different matters
     Stipends, scholarships, or opportunities to complete service to repay loans would be great!
     There are not very many scholarships available for Graduate school students to apply for. I am adverse to taking out loans for my education, and
     would like to have more scholarship options available
     Travel/Research grants
     would like to apply for grants and loans but am a non trad grad student and not sure if I qualify
     GA positions should pay better. Offer more scholarships for graduate students.
     Veteran Benefits, more scholarship info for Doctoral Students
     More fellowships, better GTA pay, more scholarships.

20   Tuition Increases/Cost                                                                                                                                      9.50%
     As a graduate sturdent, I am concerned about the rising cost of classes.
     Constant rising cost of tuition
     Cost of tuition
     cost of tuition, cost of books and professional supplies related to graduate-level class work, interest levels of college loans, lack of availability of
     grants and other project-related funding for graduate research (repeat)
     Disapointed with the contnuous raising of tuition costs. It is hard to make ends meet as it is , especially in this economy, but every year tuition
     and fees rise and it feels unfair to raise costs when cost of living, wages , ect do do not follow.
     increased tuition that came out of nowhere; parking is very expensive considering I am only on campus 2 days/week and have to pay the entire
     $300+ for a semester pass - also, no options for on-campus housing for grad students so I have no choice but to live off-campus and pay for
     parking pass; Graduate Assistantships are very important and DO help me out a lot, so that's a plus! (repeat)
     increasing tuition and student fees. (repeat)
     Maintain tuition at present levels.
     Maintaining tuition rates for current students. No more increases!
     less tuition
     The cost is high. I am very upset that I pay a graduate level rate to sit in an undergrad class. Why dont I get a break on tuition if I am getting the
     same education as an undersgrad. very upsetting. Out of my three classes this semster, only one is a completely graduate class.
     The cost of tuition rising
     Tuition
     The GI bill for veterans has swindled UNCW students by designating an 'arbitrary' number' (I don't know the official name for it) with which to
     base it's payments on. NOT the tuition charged by the university. i.e. if a veteran has a 90 percent pay rate under the GI bill, the VA will ONLY
     pay 90% of AN ARBITRARY NUMBER (LESS than tuition), NOT 90% of tuition charged. Therefore many veterans are NOT being
     compensated for school as was the intent of the GI bill and instead are going into debt like anyone else!!! Because any percentage of a
     SMALLER amount than is being charged is insufficient to cover tuition.
     Tuition and the cost of taking classes that exceed the 9-hr graduate student restriction seem excessive. Also only 6 hours of thesis work is a
     ridiculously small amount and I feel cheated by having to take courses that are split between graduate and undergraduate students. The
     instructor is usually teaching at an undergraduate level which leaves me wondering what on Earth I'm paying the extra cost for
     Tuition Cost....Cost of Textbooks (repeat)
     Tuition costs
     Tuition Increases, and fees that are charged across the board without consideration of the different levels of usage of campus resources by
     graduate and non-traditional students. (repeat)

     Tuition is high, fees are higher (grad students don't use many of those things like undergrads do). The health insurance (mandatory) should not
     have been applicable to grad students. This was a bill I did not have before this semester, and my premium is already set to increase. (repeat)
     tuition, parking (repeat)

20   Funding for Travel (Conference/International)                                                                                                              9.50%
     appreciate the travel and research moneys that are available, but the amounts are very small
     Being able to pay to study abroad.
     books, conference costs, charity work, hobbies and activities
     continued financial aid for study abroad programs and professional development opportunities
     cost of books as well as travel costs for clinical
     Dental insurance, travel costs to/from home, parking rates/fines.
     Finances for study abroad.

     Financing student travel for published research. There should be better funding available, paying upfront for all travel expenses is a terrible
     burden for a student to carry. Also, research conducted as an undergraduate but published a month later in graduate semesters should be funded
     at least in part from an undergradute travel fund. UNCW should acknowledge that a student publishing work at a conference is promoting
     UNCW and remove road block for students. The last conference I published at I had to borrowed money from my mentor and parents to attend.
     Funding and grants for travel so I am able to do research and site visits without having to take out loans.
     Money for travel
     more opportunities for financial assistance for good grades, reseach, tuition support, travel opportunity to earn funds towards vouchers,
     paying for research and travel
     Would like to see more money available to carry out research fieldwork, take outside courses, etc
     Research travel expenses. Campus dining and recreation. Dinner off campus. Exploration of Wilmington, NC area and attractions.
     Scholarship money for more than a small amount ($250 & $500 does not go very far for an academic year, much less for summer sessions).
     Travel funds for presenting at conferences should also be increased & readily available. (repeat)
     Study Abroad opportunities & funding for such.
     The mandatory international experience put me in debt over 6,000 and I still have not paid the trip off since summer of 2009- how could we
     lower the cost pr provide more support with that requirement?
     We need more grant money available for traveling to conferences out of the state because $400 is not enough.
     Conference and travel support is limited!
     My regular living expenses are only manageable because I worked for five years at a salaried job to earn enough to come to graduate school. I
     can't imagine surviving without outside sources of funding. Also, I do a lot of my thesis research overseas and would love to see more
     scholarships, stipends, grants, and awards made available for research outside UNCW and outside of the school year. Research expenses can be
     overwhelming when they involve travel.

18   Cost/Funding of Supplies (Books/Office/Thesis Related)                                                                                                     8.50%
     cost of books are very high.
     cost of books as well as travel costs for clinical (repeat)

     Cost of books is huge. I'm taking only 2 classes and each class required 4 books each. I was lucky I could find some at amazon but I still spent
     over $250 on used books. 4 books for one course seems excessive. Perhaps 2 could be required with the others in reserve in the library.
     cost of books. the lending option is nice, but as a grad student many of the books are ones I would like to keep.
     Cost of ink and paper to make all the copies needed for classes
     Cost of meal plans, cost of parking, pay scales and rates for on-campus employment available to graduate students, costs of books and materials,
     costs of printing. (repeat)
     Cost of text books, cost of parking, increases to mandatory fees (repeat)
     cost of tuition, cost of books and professional supplies related to graduate-level class work, interest levels of college loans, lack of availability of
     grants and other project-related funding for graduate research (repeat)
     Costs of effectively working towards thesis - copying and printing, etc
     Covering texts, computer equipment, and attending conferences.
     Health Care Technology Books
     Printing is expensive!
     Text books. I would like to take advantage of the interest rates for cars but am unable. I took a huge pay cut coming back to school and the TA
     poison covers my bills and leaves only 20 a month for savings.
     Textbook costs
     The cost of books!
     There should be additional support for tuition and books.
     Tuition Cost....Cost of Textbooks
     UNCW paying for school supplies like paper and a book loan program

16   Help with finding a job                                                                                                                                7.60%
     Finding a job after graduation.
     Finding employment after graduate school
     Because I was not hired as a TA or GA when I first enrolled, I had to find a job on my own. When trying to find a job on campus or apply for
     work study, very few people wanted to help or hire me because I am a graduate student.
     Finding positions that will pay student to improe their professional ventures while at UNCW. Haveing a sales position while in the biology
     program may not ahve many transferable skills.
     Financial support after courses are over during the job search.
     First year graduate chemistry students are typically not offered a TA position or any financial support which I assume is due to availability and
     the reason why this first year costs ~20,000$ and the need to work at an off campus job. If there are no TA positions available then some other
     type of job/work should be offered to help with financial costs.
     Future potential employment is uncertain
     Getting a decently-paying job after I graduate
     getting a job upon graduation is imperative to increasing my financial situation.
     I need a GA or RA or anything!
     I would like to see an increase of availability of on-campus jobs to graduate students.
     indirectly, an improvement in the amount of interaction with companies who are looking to potentially hire MBA students would be of great
     benefit. I understand that many of the UNCW MBA students are being supported by their employers, but by not providing these services, you
     are missing out on many students who might consider this program to help grow their career and expand their contacts currently and in the
     future.
     Job availability.
     Obtaining a job that I can begin after graduate school that will be able to pay back the student loans taken out. Obtaining assistance in paying
     for review course for CPA exam.
     The fact is that there is not enough jobs available to graduate students. Once your TA runs out, the school is almost wholly unwilling to provide
     you with another job. In addition, the programs (at least the history program) is designed so that it is nearly impossible to graduate in two years.
     Then, after those two years, we are left to fend for ourselves. UNCW has done a terrible job offering financial support, other than student loans,
     to graduate students. I have incurred massive amounts of debt because of this. Frankly, if I knew what it was going to be like, I would've gone
     to a school that does a better job of funding graduate students.
     -The fact that as a TA, graduate students are still required to pay for a parking decal (which then only allows them to park in the dwindling
     amount of parking spots available, as the university continues to sell more parking passes while simpultaneously removing more parking lots
     that students are allowed to park in). -The fact that even if I were able to obtain a job off-campus right now (which I have been trying to do
     since early June of this year...yet, due to the overall lack of jobs in general, I am forced to take-out loans just to pay my bills), my academics
     would likely suffer as a result. That is, the amount of work that we are expected to do as graduate students is, in itself, essentially a "full-time
     job." Thus, I do not know what it would be like if I could actually obtain a job in the current economy. -Money I am going to require for
     applying toa PhD program once I finsih my Master's level program at UNCW. That will be somewhere between $2,000-$4,000 that I do not
     have. -I think that the University should make more jobs available to graduate students on-campus (in a similar fashion as they do with

16   None / N/A                                                                                                                                             7.60%
     n/a
     n/a
     N/A
     N/A
     na
     none
     none
     none
     none
     none
     none
     None
     None
     None
     None at the moment.
     None at this time.

14   Loans (help with repayment/attaining/amount)                                                                                                           6.60%
     A way to get loan forgivness.
     Amount of loans we are allowed to take out
     Each semester I have to provide documentation of why I need more in student loans to cover my medical and living expenses. The student
     insurance is not good, so there are still meds that are not covered. With my high blood pressure and asthma, the $1000 maximum only lasts
     about 5 months, leaving the other 5 mths of meds paid for out of my pocket.
     graduating with student loans is a big issue for me
     I am in the process of contacting the financial aid office in order to request an increase in my loans to support the costs of the Becker CPA
     review course. They will be more than happy to assist me. It is very relieving to know that you dont ever have to worry about big expenses like
     this.
     Including car costs when attempting to adjust loans especially when I normally ride my bike, but my practicum is one hour away by car. I now
     have extreme costs I cannot even include...
     Loan deferment and loan interest rates
     loan forgiveness
     Loan Options, Grants/Work Study, Personal Wealth, IRA/Retirement Investments, etc.
     Paying back my loans
     paying back my undergraduate loans
     Paying off my student loans
     Payment plans other than sallie mae
     There is a state law that will not allow the left over loan money to be transferred over to the next semester. What a pain! I have to take time
     from my job to go on campus to get a refund check...that I will use towards the next semester. What is even worse is they will only issue paper
     checks on Friday between 2 and 4. I realize hands are tied with the state law...however the time limit scheduled to pick up checks means my
     check will be sitting there a very long time. I bet when I get to go...during Christmas break...the office will be closed. ARghhh...!

12   Health Insurance                                                                                                                                           5.70%
     Health Insurance would be a very important issue if not covered by grant money. Emergencies are a big concern: that is the main financial issue
     I can't accurately budget for, so any medical or other family emergency would probably change my financial situation.
     Funding needs to be higher and health insurance needs to be free. It's very common among universities. (repeat)
     Given the low wages in this town, I think it's very important to have TAships that you can live on. I personally would not be able to live on
     $1400/month if I had to pay rent. I just get by as it is. Also, other schools who offered me TAships offered complimentary health insurance. I
     believe TAs should not have to pay for that. (Repeat)
     Health Care Technology Books (repeat)
     Low stipends, the high cost of parking permits and the lack of health benefits for graduate student employees. (repeat)
     medical, household, school trips
     Dental insurance, renters insurance
     The newly added health insurance is a plus. However, I wish the insurance had a better dental plan.
     Offering international students equivalent rates to "traditional" UNCW students for campus health insurance. As an American student in the
     International MBA program, I have no clue why the university would deem me an international student during my semester spent studying at
     UNCW. I don't believe it is fair to expect me to pay a premium on health insurance when compared to my peers in other UNCW graduate
     programs.
     Dental insurance, travel costs to/from home, parking rates/fines. (repeat)

     Tuition is high, fees are higher (grad students don't use many of those things like undergrads do). The health insurance (mandatory) should not
     have been applicable to grad students. This was a bill I did not have before this semester, and my premium is already set to increase. (repeat)
     Emergency expenses, i.e. health, car

10   Tuition (Remissions/Waivers)                                                                                                                               4.70%

     UNCW should make providing out-of-state tuition remissions to all out-of-state students priority number one. You risk many prospective students
     forsaking UNCW for other institutions because the out of state tuition prices are outrageous in comparison to in-state. On top of this those that do not
     receive out of state waivers are often the ones denied any additional funding and are forced to fend for themselves. If UNCW wishes to attract minds
     from across the country and not JUST from North Carolina then you need to make it an attractive place for out of state students to come to
     Getting in-state tuition the next two years. People have been getting denied, which is unacceptable.
     Getting In-State when it is deserved. I was denied even though I have been living here longer than most of the other Graduate students in my
     program.
     I am from out of state so airfare is a big financial burden. After being here a year, an out of state waiver would be nice for my second year.
     Tuition remission is fairly common among other highly ranked MFA programs. Had I been accepted at any of these schools, I would have
     accepted them over UNCW. As it was, my other acceptances offered comparable aid and I choose Wilmington.
     Budget planning and tuition payment plans
     Tuition remission would be nice.

     Tuition waivers for out of state graduate students. Although not an out-of-stater, this is a potential hindrance to graduate program development.
     Tuition wavers for TAs would be nice.
     While I have not personally taken out loans, this is because I am grateful to have my family (parents) helping me meet my expenses (especially
     in auto/health/additional expenses). As a busy graduate student, I prefer to live alone. The cost of living alone in Wilmington is HUGE. UNCW
     needs to start offering full tuition remission in order to stay competitive with other universities. Many universities of comparable size offer full
     tuition remission to those on a Research Assistantship or Teaching Assistantship, and students shouldn't have to pay 1/5 of their salary on
     tuition in order to work at UNCW with their advisor. Also, considering that there are absolutely no benefits, the stipend should be larger to stay
     competitive and to better meet student cost of living.


9    Mandatory Fees                                                                                                                                             4.30%
     As an off campus part-time grad student, it is painful to see the extra fees that I have to pay on top of the tuition costs. The goal is to make it
     through the program without acquiring student loans.
     Cost of text books, cost of parking, increases to mandatory fees (repeat)
     Graduate students pay a lot of fees and do not seem to see the benefit.
     increasing tuition and student fees.
     The amount I pay in student fees each month is rather high.
     The high costs and fees tacked onto my student bill for items unrelated to a graduate student's experience at the school. I understand tech fees
     and such, but half of the mandatory fees are for undergraduate student type items. Maybe a graduate student-only parking lot would make up
     for the outrageous fees.
     The tuition at UNCW is reasonable. The fees seem high, especially for students who commute. Parking is too expensive. There's absolutely no
     reason that I should have to pay to do an unpaid internship. (repeat)
     Tuition Increases, and fees that are charged across the board without consideration of the different levels of usage of campus resources by
     graduate and non-traditional students.
     Tuition is high, fees are higher (grad students don't use many of those things like undergrads do). The health insurance (mandatory) should not
     have been applicable to grad students. This was a bill I did not have before this semester, and my premium is already set to increase.

5    On Campus Food                                                                                                                                         2.40%
     Cost of meal plans, cost of parking, pay scales and rates for on-campus employment available to graduate students, costs of books and materials,
     costs of printing. (repeat)
     I would like to be able to buy a full meet w/ drink at the Hawksnest for $5bucks. Typically costs me $8 bucks to buy a meal at Hawksnest. I can
     go off campus if i want to spend that much.
     Parking passes are too expensive. On campus food is too expensive. (repeat)
     Parking costs, high cost of food on campus (repeat)
     Research travel expenses. Campus dining and recreation. Dinner off campus. Exploration of Wilmington, NC area and attractions. (repeat)

5    Childcare                                                                                                                                              2.40%
     Additional childcare costs needed to have time for school work.
     Childcare.
     Children (dependents) should be figured into cost of attendance.
     I am the only earner in my family, so I have a wife and 2 children to provide for.
     I have a two year old son. . .

2    Housing                                                                                                                                                0.94%
     Housing costs in international areas during international masters... Paying for my apartment at home at same time as apartment abroad... I
     would like to be earning more than minimum wage while working part time... paying back the loan amount worries me
     I would like to see grad student/family housing on campus. The luxury apartments recently built for undergrads would be a perfect location.
     Just create the opportunity for grad students like me to rent an apartment. I have three children and I am a single mother. My 40+ hour a week
     (unpaid) job is taking care of my kids, one has autism, and I cannot work now to help pay for grad school. I live on loans, food stamps, and the
     once in a while payment of child support I do get from my ex-husband. However, getting that requires taking him to court and forcing him to
     pay. It is not cost-effective for me. The number one problem at UNCW is that Wilmington is very expensive and the campus offers nothing in
     the way of housing options for grad students with families. It would be a huge help.

14   Misc                                                                                                                                                   6.60%
     Accurate reporting of tuition and related expenses for graduate school. I was not prepared for the intial bill I received when becoming a grad
     student because of all the additional expenses included. My budget for grad school is now inaccurate due to the extra surprises; I will likely
     have to take out a loan at some point, which I was not counting on.
     Being able to use Internet resources instead of books has been really helpful for some classes.
     Debt obligations
     I could work more if math/statistics classes were offered in the evening. I could not look for a full time job as a teacher this year because I have
     statistics courses at 3:30 twice a week, so I substitute teach, but that still eliminates several days per week.
     I get help from my parents and our investments
     I just have bills to pay like everyone else. Money is tight.
     I think it is difficult to determine satisfaction about my financial situation as a student. I expect to have to make some financial sacrifices. I
     think I will be better able to determine my financial satisfaction when this degree enables me to get a good paying job and I can pay off the
     loans I have had to takeout to pay for school.
     I would have no problem with my loans if I felt that the education I am receiving is worth the debt, however, I do not.
     More flexible research hours
     Parking access, library should be open 24 hours day (repeat)
     Research travel expenses. Campus dining and recreation. Dinner off campus. Exploration of Wilmington, NC area and attractions. (repeat)
     Take into consideration graduate students in the Professional MBA program that are older, employed and have families. These folks may skew
     your data collection if they respond to the questions given. Questions seem to be written with only the concerns of a full-time, on-campus,
     graduate student in mind. Important financial issues to those students may be how quick financial aid money is made available and the amount
     of financial aid available.
     Text books. I would like to take advantage of the interest rates for cars but am unable. I took a huge pay cut coming back to school and the TA
     poison covers my bills and leaves only 20 a month for savings. (repeat)
     Veteran Benefits, more scholarship info for Doctoral Students (repeat)
     Q: 26 What other academic, professional, and/or social events would you be interested in
     attending?
#                                                                                                                                                          Percent
34   Professional Development / etiquette                                                                                                                       24%
     A career event putting me in touch with employers attempting to only recruit graduate students.
     Anything grad related that is also real life related, job fairs, community involvement, cross disciplinary conferences and events.
     Career fairs
     Career fairs.
     Events designed to teach students to act more like professionals and learn to be more accountable for their academic performance.
     More activities with local professionals in my field.
     Ettiquette dinner, other events to develop professional skills
     Grad student job placement opportunities for while in school
     Graduate Student Etiquette Dinner
     Job fairs
     IT Carrer day, IT fair, and any other IT events
     help with job interview and search
     Job Fairs exclusively for graduate students
     Any event that allows networking of graduate students is helpful. Many graduate students are distant learners and the more opportunities there
     are to come together, the more connected to the campus they feel.
     Networking event before a Men's UNCW basketball game with UNCW MBA/graduate program alumni or a networking event that targets
     companies who want to hire or have a strong interest in UNCW MBA/graduate students
     National defense and intelligence briefings relative to employment beyond the university.
     Maybe something about jobs/networking with the alumni, maybe an event on how to stay focused/organized during grad life
     networking with alumni in our major
     Networking with LOCAL employers. How to decide if you want a PhD & how to tell which university is best?
     Social networking with area employers in my field.
     job placement
     Deliberate, clearly-defined, networking opportuntiies. I don't want to bother attending events where people just drink alcohol and gravitate
     toward people they already know to talk about sports. I need clearly defined opportunities to make connections for jobs beyond graduate school
     (and not just local opps; I may have to seek things outside this area, in NYC, Boston, Baltimore, etc.) Also, I would very much like an
     opportunity to receive my six sigma black belt certification through UNCW facilitation.
     Holiday Events/Parties, Career Fairs/Events
     Grad. student job fair.
     Interview Coaching
     Academic- Ph.D. fair, or comference with current PhD students professional- professional electronic ediquette training social- only with beer
     and hott chicks that put out
     Any career focused workshops or speaker series from professionals in the field giving hints that help you to succeed.
     Science oriented career fair. Graduate student departmental games!
     professional and academic lectures
     Professional associations in discipline specific areas
     professional associations related events
     Professional networking opportunities
     Professional seminars from local companies that are disciplined based
     Workshops/Courses geared towards preparing students for PhD programs

13   Social Events with other graduate students                                                                                                                  9%
     Anything where we interact with other grad students- our department is small and I feel like there are few other people my age/in the same
     stage as me, but I know there are other grad students out there. Its just a little bit different at UNCW since the student body tends to be younger
     and more undergrad-focused than larger universities (such as UNC Chapel Hill, where you have lots of grad students, health and law students,
     and mature students are more the norm).
     Departmental social events
     Humanities Get togethers and collaborations
     anything with alcohol, activities with other departments, activities with free food
     more events targeted at your school or department of interest
     Grad student potluck

     The Bio grad department is pretty good about getting students together; it would be fun to branch out with other departments and grad students.
     Social events at night or on the weekend.
     Graduate Student Trivia Night
     Interdepartmental prom!
     Picnic at EV Henwood
     Graduate Inter-department social events. ex) formal socials
     I would be interested in more events that involved mixing departments to get to know people in other departments and to learn what other
     people are doing.

13   Research /Speaker related                                                                                                                                   9%
     Guest speakers
     Events with relevant speakers or entertainment
     Graduate student research presentations/symposiums
     Talks, lecture series.
     MBA conferences on a regional or national level.
     More academic speakers
     Speaker forums, roundtables across all disciplines
     State or national conferences pertaining to areas of study
     More funding to attend conferences/present posters
     Perhaps a Ph.D. fair for students attending UNCW, with members of graduate schools both within and outside the UNC System, in order to
     provide a sense of what opportunities are available to students considering obtaining a doctoral degree.
     Support group activities for grad students: mock presentations, peer reviews of papers, mid-term & exam week study breaks, poetry or partial
     paper readings in the library's Java City.
     I would like to see regular talks by professors on special topics outside of my major.

     I would love to see even more venues for graduate students to present research results/progress and find out about available funding options.


6    Sports related                                                                                                                                      4%
     Gatherings at UNCW sporting events.
     golf tournaments
     Grad student intramural teams, maybe
     More basketball socials
     Intramural sports if several departments signed up
     Inter-departmental athletic or social events, inter-departmental resource development for inter-disciplinary research

3    Alcohol related events                                                                                                                              2%
     events that have alcohol
     Happy Hour would be a great idea.
     Just a graduate student night at a bar - it doesn't even have to be UNCW-related. You could just use the email list of grad students and say,
     everyone reserve this date on your calendar if you're interested, we'll all go to Firebelly's (or wherever). Basically, so we can meet other grad
     students outside our own department in an un-awkward "school" set-up. (And it wouldn't cost you anything! Maybe negotiate some kind of
     special for grad students with a UNCW ID, or something?)


2    On Campus / Undergraduate social event                                                                                                              2%
     A pizza lunch with undergraduate juniors and seniors in marine bioogy programs to meet them and give them any advice they may want on
     whether or not to enter grad school.
     Anything to be involved more with campus life

     Alumni Events                                                                                                                                       2%
2    Alumni meetings from my field.
     EdD chapter of WSE Alumni



2    Family related events                                                                                                                               2%
     I would like to see more social events geared to adult grad students. I am 39 and have very little in common with grad students in their early
     20s. Happy hours don't really work for parents. I'd also like more events with faculty. I feel as though uncw isn't good about social events with
     students and faculty.
     Family oriented events as most graduate students are married and may have children.

20   Misc                                                                                                                                                14%
     I am interested in hearing more music, as in bringing in popular bands, solo acts, etc.
     I have no idea what LGBTQ even stands for...
     I have no idea what LGBTQ is, and the abbreviation alone doesn't lend itself to easy comprehension. A orientation/ tour for transfer and spring
     semester starting graduate students
     The MPA program offers great opportunities through the MPA GSA to meet other MPA students however the overall GSA is not as effective in
     reaching the entire graduate student population
     Any that fit my schedule.
     Group films with discussion
     -
     ?
     It would be nice if there were a central location (say the graduate school or GSA websites) where we could see a calendar of graduate thesis
     defenses across departments - then we could go learn about work of grads in other departments outside our specialty.
     Events that are geared towards graduate teaching students.
     Additional free tickets to cultural events
     Continuing Education - like CPE courses for CPAs
     hispanic comunity international study abroad programs comunity outreach from the school events
     More events for those in specific programs-not just the graduate students group as a whole.
     On-campus programs sponsored by ACE or student affairs
     Readings
     Working grad students relaxation days
     SENESPA
     In reference to question number 26 about having a tour during orientation. This seems like a necessity, especially for people like myself who
     are new to the area. I think it could be an option tour because there are likely several graduate students who were at UNCW as undergrads.
     Nonetheless, there are probably plenty of other adult graduate students who could use some orientation.
     A 24 hour computer lab for grad students would be a wonderful resource- with parking!


18   None / no time                                                                                                                                         13%
     At this point I am focused on trying to finish and move on.
     Class is all I can handle & teach full time!
     I live 50 miles away and have custody of my grandson (yes, I am older than most grad students). Therefore I do not have TIME for social
     events.
     I commute 3 hrs. round trip to attend class and to work 20 hrs. a week on campus. Attending extracurricular activities activities is not an option.
     Many activities are planned for evenings that I am not on campus.
     i dont know of any other

     I'm a single mom, working full time. I really don't have time for social events. I enjoyed myself as an undergraduate. I'm "all business" this time.
     I am mostly unable to attend a lot of events because of my work schedule and personal responsibilities
     no answer
     n/a
     n/a
     N/A
     na
     none
     None
     None at the moment.
     None at this time.
     None, but only because I'm strapped for time. In a perfect world, I'd picnic every day.
     I'm so busy now that I cannot think of anything I could manage to squeeze in.
     Q28: How can UNCW better support graduate students
#                                                                                                                                                          Percent
56   Financial Support / increased stipend                                                                                                                      26%
     better (i.e., more!) financial assistance overall; travel funds; printing allotment or funds (repeat)

     Better financial support. Wilmington is a fairly expensive place to live especially if you're not willing to live with 3-4 roomates. The graduate
     stipends need to be raised to at least 12000 a year. Not to mention that the funding stops in the summer months. Also the health insurance
     offered by the school isn't that great. It's incredibly time consuming and difficult to deal with. I had to fight tooth and nail with the company
     for coverage. Most colleges in the US offer health insurance for free to graduate students (or at least offer funds that pay for most of the fees).
     More financial aid
     More financial aid, more in depth orientation
     On campus evenings jobs/ TA positions
     On campus job
     More financial aid, not loans
     Provide more grants and more clarification of advisor communications and schedule of registrations, dates,and deadlines. (repeat)
     More financial assistance
     More financial assistance, especially during the time of my internship.
     More financial help/opportunities.
     UNCW does not recognize that grad students on a TA/RA are BELOW the poverty level and may not have outside assistance. Selling food
     and pricing parking at exorbitant amounts does not support students on fixed budgets set by the university.
     More financial support.
     provide more forms of funding for local graduate research in Public Management or Public Administration areas
     More Money!
     more money, commensurate with similar fellowships in graduate programs of similar renown and requirements
     More money.
     Better pay and/or more job opportunities on campus, especially over the summer.
     By making me feel less invisible & providing funding opportunities for me & my peers (repeat)
     Provide more on-campus jobs.
     Financially and socially- how can I get more involved on campus? (repeat)
     Really, it's all about financial support.
     more money in scholarships, stipends, and better information for international programs (i.e. when programs start exactly and how much they
     cost)
     GAs, TAs, and In-State Tuition. I work 20 - 25 hours at a job that is nowhere near where my interests lie, and have to doll out most of the
     money I'm borrowing to support myself.
     Scholarship and grant dollars
     Give more support through GSA or research. It is difficult to get the money needed to cover other financial strains.
     Raise the stipend amounts to reflect the rising cost of tuition and try to make more fellowships and scholarships available for graduate
     students (there are more undergraduate named scholarships available than graduate level ones).
     Either offer better pay for assistantships or pay hourly
     financial assistance, better faculty advising, more opps for research participation
     Financially. Also, recognizing that, while we are students, as assistants we are also university employees. The university does not consider us
     employees for services such as parking. (repeat)
     Funding for research, plain and simple. (repeat)
     Get more funding options for grad students for tuition, equipment, travel, living, etc. I learned from going to a professional conference on the
     west coast that even though I have an RA-ship my stipend is super low. Grad students from other Universities asked me how I could even live
     off the amount I'm given. And some grad students at UNCW don't even have funding! (repeat)
     Get more graduate students here. Get more graduate programs on campus. Increase stipends for graduate students and additional funding.
     More on campus and off campus functions. (repeat)
     give higher stipends and ta parking spots (repeat)
     Help with loan repayment plan Help with paying for travel when I present research for UNCw
     Increase ability for TA's, GA's or abilities to earn money
     Increase financial support
     Offer larger stipend.
     Offer more financial aid awards.
     Offer more scholarships for graduate students
     I doubled my total amount of student loans by accepting what was required ofr this year. I was very upset to see that there aren't more grants
     and departmental funds to help with tuition and fees.
     more awards
     I want a larger stipend. And there should be more scholarship and grant opportunities.
     less loans, more grants.
     Monetarily, and with better advisement. Perhaps regular scheduled meetings once a month with my thesis advisor and academic advisor.
     (repeat)
     More work-study opportunities. More scholarships.
     MS stipends need to be higher. Currently they don't really support full living expenses. Also, I didn't know that UNCW scholarships will be
     used to pay for my PhD tuition rather than the department covering it as usual. I just donated $4000 to my department by winning a
     scholarship. That should be made clear in the application forms. It would be nice to still apply for scholarships as a PhD student. The stipend
     is sufficient, but barely.
     Offering more scholarships for those that have a career, but want to further their education through graduate school.
     Supply us with stipends comparable with other universities in North Carolina and across the country.
     More TA-ships and tuition remissions (if you want to attract the best candidates, that's how you do it...) (repeat)
     Just a slightly larger stipend would be miraculous to all of us. Really, it's nearly impossible to do good research, do well in classes, be a decent
     TA, AND get an outside job on top of that. I am fortunate that I have savings from a previous employment, but if it weren't for that I would be
     in dire straits. As it is, I have student loans for tuition.
     Provide with mandatory internships and possibilities to obtain scholarships
     With health coverage and a larger stipend. That alone would make a world of difference
     More GA positions :)
     more scholarships and fellowships to help pay tuition more research support, with grants and equipment more library spaces and offices
     spaces for TA's and RA's a place to heat up food and storage food (refrigerator) on campus for grad students courses and workshops on
     scientific writing and research writing workshops on how to write grant applications
     Try to soliciate more established adults to return to do Graduate work/ persue advanced degrees...there ar not many older/middle aged adults
     in UNCW Grad school! Mostly newly graduated young continuing students...they are sweet but it's easier to identify with my professors than
     the students! Make it easier to qualify for tutition assistance. Older adults are raising families and have little cash flow for grad school.
     (repeat)

22   More facility access                                                                                                                                   10%
     Allow access to Randall Library when it is closed. I can get in to S&B over breaks to work on assignments, but our main assignments for the
     semester were due after the Thanksgiving break, when Randall had been closed from 5pm Wednesday to noon on Sunday the week before. It
     is important that grad students be able to access journals and books over the breaks.
     24 hour computer lab services would greatly support my weekend study habits!
     Adjust the campus resources hours to our schedule, including summer schedule.
     After hours for writing center, longer bookstore hours
     Better graduate facilites in the library...the grad computer lab is too small, gets very hot, and the door makes too much noise.
     Better library hours, full-time workers who are graduate students have limited access to the library on weekends

     The library is sooooooo loud! and there are no quiet areas with desks tucked away in the shelves upstairs where a student can work quietly
     and access books at the same time. ECU assigns these types of corralls to grad students, why doesn;t UNCW have something like this?
     designated grad student library space, made comfortable for long hours and technologically accessible.
     Development and continuation of more topical committees (similar to the committee on evolution that formed in 2009). Scheduling and
     creatively advertising more invited speakers from multiple disciplines. Developing a hybrid graduate student lounge/computer lab. More
     interesting cultural arts offerings. (repeat)
     Graduate only parking at library (repeat)
     Have after hours dining options, have more "Sandboxes" in the CIS building (very high demand and no other good options). (repeat)
     Have food services available in some way at CMS

     Offer study areas that are centrally located and available 24/7. Other campuses i've been involved with have numbered study carrols in their
     libraries where graduate and doctoral students can keep the books that they are using using. this gives them a quiet space that is always open
     to study and work. Graduate students DO NOT keep the same hours as undergrad students; we need some sort of study area to ourselves.
     make hours on campus more condusive to those grad students who work full time
     more library hours on friday & weekend nights
     We need more group study facilities, just like the sandboxes in CIS. It is very difficult to find space to work with a group.
     Study groups or areas for graduate students to study.
     More space for graduate students to study, such as a graduate library. With such a strong focus on group projects within the graduate
     program, I think there should be more places like the Sandboxes in the CIS building where students can meet with groups.
     Parking for TAs again... More office space for students especially at the PhD level... Storage space for students who work much of their time
     at an off-campus UNCW facility (CMS, Aquaculture, etc.) (repeat)
     Make the registrar available for working students, they need night time hours available or more processes available online.
     More areas to work (ie computer labs, designated areas)
     Snack Bar in buildings where there are night classes for grad students. Education Building lost their snack bar which makes it tough on EdD
     students who attend two classes on Monday nights.

19   Parking                                                                                                                                                9%
     1. Stop decreasing the available parking options for those of use who ACTUALLY live off of campus and/or create additional parking spaces
     for students (perhaps those designated for off-campus and/or graduate students in general); the money is obviously available, as UNCW can
     continue to build massive and ridiculously expensive facilities that cover-up the previous parking spots that we had. 2. Create more jobs on-
     campus that are strictly limited to graduate students' applications.
     As a teaching assistant in the English department, I am the instructor of record for 2 courses each semester; however, my TA parking pass is
     limited to zone 1 student parking. There are many days when I am fighting for a parking spot along with my students. As such, I must plan
     accordingly and arrive at least 1/2 an hour early each day. I am only paid for 20 hours of work per week, and searching for parking adds at
     least an hour and a half to two hours of unpaid time each week.
     Better parking for grad students. The commuter pass is only good after 4pm and some days I have off work and would like to go on campus to
     use the rec center or the library and cannot because I can't park anywhere.
     Better parking for graduate students and a quieter library area.
     Waiving parking fees to evening students that live more than 50 miles from campus
     Better parking options for night students; I would like to be able to come to campus on occasion during the day without having to jump
     through so many hoops!
     Cheaper parking for anyone driving over an hour to get to school.
     Decrease parking rates or allow graduate students to park in faculty lots.
     Don't charge tuition Reduce parking fee (repeat)
     more parking, all filled up by the time I arrive
     Reserve parking spaces for us. A graduate student is more likely to be working and a closer parking space would help with time constraints
     between work and classes.
     Financially. Also, recognizing that, while we are students, as assistants we are also university employees. The university does not consider us
     employees for services such as parking. (repeat)
     give higher stipends and ta parking spots (repeat)
     Graduate only parking at library (repeat)
     Provide temporary parking for distance students who are only on campus a few times each semester
     Have the parking gates open up before 5pm
     I'd like better parking. An easier way to register for classes.
     Improve parking for commuting students and when the fall comes and it is time to close the parking lot at the rec. center for "fun day", ask
     UNCW officials to have enough common sense to arrange parking convenient to the CIS/Cameron Hall buildings so that students actually
     attending class (as opposed to driving a golf cart around cones) can find a place to park.
     Parking for TAs again... More office space for students especially at the PhD level... Storage space for students who work much of their time
     at an off-campus UNCW facility (CMS, Aquaculture, etc.) (repeat)


17   Networking                                                                                                                                          8%
     Better connections with UNCW alumni
     An online chat/blog site to discuss the stress of being in grad school or to meet people online would be awesome.
     A financial planning workshop focused on grad students would be helpful, as would a thesis formatting workshop
     create a community
     By making me feel less invisible & providing funding opportunities for me & my peers (repeat)
     Financially and socially- how can I get more involved on campus? (repeat)
     Help with finding jobs after graduation, Career goal planning.
     Trying to create a slightly more cohesive community of graduate students.
     Get more graduate students here. Get more graduate programs on campus. Increase stipends for graduate students and additional funding.
     More on campus and off campus functions. (repeat)
     More access to each other. For example, I want to start an LGBTQ grad group but have no idea how to even disseminate info.
     I would like more opportunities in the evening to socialize with other grad students. I work full time.
     More graduate student events and activities, I would have liked to meet other graduate students outside of my department.
     More emphasis on jobs. More opportunities for internships.
     More intense focus on job placements/careers/business networks
     More networking, more regularly contact. It would be great if graduate students, at least in the business school, were required to meet with a
     counselor who could-in an ongoing process- search for compatable job positions and help the graduate student make connections during the
     course of their studies. Direction and guidance, in my opinion, shouldn't really be a choice or option, but a requirement.
     more exposure to companies looking to hire MBA students. I've been in the program 6 months and have only heard of 1 networking event for
     MBA students and it was combined with undergrads searching for entry positions.
     Try to soliciate more established adults to return to do Graduate work/ persue advanced degrees...there ar not many older/middle aged adults
     in UNCW Grad school! Mostly newly graduated young continuing students...they are sweet but it's easier to identify with my professors than
     the students! Make it easier to qualify for tutition assistance. Older adults are raising families and have little cash flow for grad school.
     (repeat)


13   Tuition / Fees                                                                                                                                      6%
     Don't increase the cost of tuition and fees.
     don't raise tuition
     Don't charge tuition Reduce parking fee (repeat)
     Have a tuition waiver.
     Quit raising tuition and fees every semester.
     I'm concerned with out-of-state tuition fees, especially in regards to perspective students. If the graduate school hopes to grow, it must remain
     competitive in the funding arena with other programs.
     Keep tuition as low as possible
     Lower tuition cost and fees, and parking, and MANDATORY HEALTH INSURANCE!
     More TA-ships and tuition remissions (if you want to attract the best candidates, that's how you do it...) (repeat)
     Possibly make some required fees cheaper like parking and technology fees we pay with tuition. And, according to the tuition chart on the
     Student Account and Cashier Services site, we all pay a "mandatory fee." What is that fee and where is it going? I would like to know exactly
     where my money is going. "Mandatory fees" is vague and makes me think I'm paying for something I might not be using. If it goes towards
     something important, then I certainly don't mind paying it. I'd just like to know where it's going.
     Reduce tuition.
     Provide a more competitive (higher) stipend for TAs, RAs and GAs. Provide health insurance graduate student employees. Also, similar to
     low income university staff, UNCW should provide reduced parking permit costs for graduate student employees who need to park on campus
     to work/teach. (repeat)

     Free daycare or preschool (or vouchers for day care/preschool) for graduate students with families. This way my wife could go back to work
     and we wouldn't be so damn poor. As it is, child care is too expensive for her to go work. Subsidized childcare would go a long ways for my
     family, and probably many other graduate students with families. Discounted parking for graduate students only. We make so little money and
     do the university a great assistance by providing cheap labor as teaching or research assistants that small things, like affordable parking (even
     if its in the furthest parking lots!) and even 15% off campus dining options really make a huge, positive difference. (repeat)

12   Doing a good job                                                                                                                                    6%
     I think UNCW is doing a fine job in supporting my graduate school experience.
    I think UNCW is doing a fine job just keeping me informed as I live an hour away and do online classes or satellite classes.
    I think UNCW is doing a great job as it is!
    I am pretty much satisfied with UNCW. Like I mentioned before, the health insurance is a plus. I just wish that the dental plan grouped in the
    insurance were more accessible. By that, I mean, I wish I didn't have to fall flat on my face and knock teeth out in order to see a dentist for a
    regular cleaning and check-ups.
    Not sure, I feel supported as is.
    Nothing so far
    Nothing, my experience has been great.
    The support is just fine.
    they are doing a great job so far!
    They do a good job,
    They do a wonderful job now!
    UNCW is doing a wonderful job already.

    Travel Funds
8   Better funding for travel to conferences and workshops                                                                                              4%
    Travel fund for student's publishing research. UNCW's name is attached to the work already, making the funding more available would have
    encouraged me to do more published work. Funding should be more available and less of the exception.
    More funding for research.
    Get more funding options for grad students for tuition, equipment, travel, living, etc. I learned from going to a professional conference on the
    west coast that even though I have an RA-ship my stipend is super low. Grad students from other Universities asked me how I could even live
    off the amount I'm given. And some grad students at UNCW don't even have funding! (repeat)
    Funding for research, plain and simple. (repeat)
    More funding, better research opportunities (we really need more stipends for research), a more graduate-level focus in each department,
    instead of forcing us to write a thesis we should just have two seminar classes with a thesis-equivalent paper (like UNCG). Also, for the love
    of everything, give us something to do here besides go to the beach. We need entertainment and ways to destress just as much as
    undergraduates. I applaud UNCW's focus on undergraduates, but us graduate students need support too. (repeat)
    More grant funding opportunities
    better (i.e., more!) financial assistance overall; travel funds; printing allotment or funds (repeat)

7   Distance Learning Assistance                                                                                                                        4%
    Distance students have difficulty figuring out all of their distance resources.
    have more activities for the distance education programs
    I feel supported but a bit disconnected as so many courses are online. I would like to have more face to face meetings in my classes.
    I would have liked to have a student ID card, but I'm a distance learning graduate student so I guess it wasn't really necessary.
    I would love not to feel so alien, especially since I do a lot of my work through online courses.
    More involvement with distance learning students.
    maybe live and recorded web cast of meetings for distant and those who cant get to campus all the time.

7   More Classes                                                                                                                                        4%
    MORE CLASS OPTIONS
    more courses at the extension campus
    More grad classes offered at night.
    more professors for better class offerings
    More Ph.D programs, especially chemistry
    More night core courses
    Respond earlier to graduate assistanship applications. I applied in February, kept calling and emailing over the summer without getting any
    sort of answer except "we haven't started the process yet," and finally got an interview in August. Also, offer classes based on what graduate
    students need to take each semester, not just based on what has worked in the past. The student body changes each semester, and so should
    the course scheduler.

6   Better Equipement                                                                                                                                   3%
    Computers in CSIS building. Currently they are SLOW and waste my time. Would rather just truck my laptop to campus because of current
    situation.
    I am a math grad student and the graduate computer lab is pitiful in Bear Hall. Maybe upgrade some of the grad labs in the departments so
    they are nice like the ones in the library.
    iprint in Friday Hall
    More computer labs
    It seems to me, the TAC group should have more software programs accessible, like a program to convert files... 1) old pre-Word word-
    processing files like "Professional Write Word-Processing" to "Microsoft Word" files.... and specifically, a software program that convert .pdf
    files to "Microsoft Word" files.
    UNCW could provide more resources for lab coordinators to be able to improve lab manuals and hone undergrad labs to make TA
    assignments less chaotic and better for the undergrads themselves. It could pay the master's students a living wage.

5   Child Care                                                                                                                                          2%
    Child Care
    Child care for non-traditional students through Watson School of Education
     Free daycare or preschool (or vouchers for day care/preschool) for graduate students with families. This way my wife could go back to work
     and we wouldn't be so damn poor. As it is, child care is too expensive for her to go work. Subsidized childcare would go a long ways for my
     family, and probably many other graduate students with families. Discounted parking for graduate students only. We make so little money and
     do the university a great assistance by providing cheap labor as teaching or research assistants that small things, like affordable parking (even
     if its in the furthest parking lots!) and even 15% off campus dining options really make a huge, positive difference. (repeat)
     On-site childcare.
     Affordable childcare

3    Representation                                                                                                                                       1%
     Financially. Also, recognizing that, while we are students, as assistants we are also university employees. The university does not consider us
     employees for services such as parking. (repeat)
     Focus more on graduate students. I know we are out numbered by undergrads, but we bring in a lot of grants and research to this school. Plus,
     we teach classes. We are underrepresented.
     Offer opportunities for recognition through the Vice Chancellors office, often undergraduate students are recognized for their leadership and
     graduate students are not. i.e. Dinner with the Chancellor for Undergraduate Student Leaders (but Graduate Students are not invited)

3    Housing Options                                                                                                                                      1%
     Grad/Family housing in January would be GREAT! My lease ends Jan. 31st and I cannot find another suitable rental close to campus.
     on/near campus housing options
     Is graduate student housing or family student housing an option?

3    Printing                                                                                                                                             1%
     More iPrints
     a larger printing stipend
     I've no idea what comuter/printing/IT resources I have access to as a Grad. I don't recall ever receiving information about this. Perhaps if I had
     attended an orientation, but I don't recall being informed about them. Course availability is inadequate for working preofessionals.


2    Ph.D. Planning
     Better prepare me for deciding whether or not to pursue a PhD. Actually, have more PhD programs available. More working computers in
     grad labs around campus. Quiet rooms in classroom buildings so grad students can study/read between classes without interruption and
     having to walk across campus to library.
     Provide a different health insurance option geared towards grad students...one that doesn't require sitting 3 hours to be seen in the student
     health center. This is not feasible for working grad students. Better help & inform about PhD planning, managing your student loans after
     graduation, resources available to decrease living expenses/student loans.

2    Schedueling options                                                                                                                                  >1%
     More flexibility in schedule with consideration for students who work 8-5.
     As a TA I would like to pick or suggest the hours I would like to work in the Math Lab since I have a job off campus.

27   Misc                                                                                                                                                 13%
     Get the professors to respond to emails from their students. This has been a CHALLENGE all year. Get the professors to provide feedback to
     assignments...or at least acknowledge they received the assignment.
     Enhancement of the online course materials by including more audio/visual presentations. Include more on-campus dates for courses. Allow
     for more independent community projects that would count towards credits such as grant writing, policy changes, business opportunities in
     your community. In the FNP program, the goal is to provide access to healthcare in rural communities, it is difficult to leave behind
     involvement in your community for the duration of the program. It should encourage students to continue working within their community
     while furthering education.
     Help me found I want to do with my life!
     I have had to resign my full time employment to continue school
     I am in the MAT program in the Education department. This program is relatively new, and therefore extremely unorganized. I am quite
     frustrated with the program because every professor tells you something different. I am currently in my Internship, and have received 3
     different calenders from 3 different people at UNCW, all in the same department, and all saying different due dates. Nobody communicates
     with each other, the program is so unorganized that the students are suffering. The best way UNCW could support the MAT Grad students
     would be to have a meeting to decide on processes and due dates before admitting students. Right now it seems as though the faculty are all
     on separate pages.

     I feel that as a teacher who is working on a masters degree in education that I should only have professors that have actually been teachers.
     I found the orientation fairly unhelpful. Simple things like, providing a map of campus would have been nice. As well as covering registration
     and letting us get our ID cards and parking passes during our orientation. I feel like everything on campus is directed towards undergrads,
     which is understandable but is also frustrating at times.
     E-mail staff and faculty positions to my personal e-mail.
     Please understand that a few of us are single parents struggling very much just to make life work...
     I am currently taking a lot of math undergraduate courses to I can get into the graduate level math courses, so I am not doing any 'graduate
     student' activities.
     Less work commitment to have more time to study. As much as stipends are a generous offer, the work involved is extremely demanding and
     there is little time left to work on projects other than imminent class obligations. There is no time to further learning.
     Make it very clear on all websites which information applies to grad students and which does not. I'd also like to meet the other grad students
     socially. Any money-saving resources that are available to us are things I would like to know about. for example, I just purchased Windows 7
     at a great price because I am a student. Anything like that is good to promote.
     Continue to support Graduate Departments; faculty and staff within the department
     I am a returning student after graduating in 1993 in undergrad. I still feel pretty overwhelmed and lost. Maybe have things for non-trad
     students. Also, tech has changed an enormous amount since I graduated and help with technology would be awesome. The library workers are
     really a great group of helpful kids.
     Have a shuttle that went from campus to CMS a few times a day.
     Provide a more direct graduate route to successfully completing the MPT (Math Proficiency Test) as administered by the NSA (National
     Security Administration) for mathematicians. Instead of requiring me to navigate the flaky, on again off again offerings of the department
     based on interest of students... This has lead to a research nightmare to determine what the content of EACH and EVERY course is and a
     detailed Itinerary of 'planned' /'offered' courses from the university in order to taylor a masters program to a need, not necissarily provided for
     given the TWO graduate tracks offered by the university.
     Provide more grants and more clarification of advisor communications and schedule of registrations, dates,and deadlines. (repeat)
     Full time employment.
     The Grad Student Orientations were offered only twice & back to back. If a student was out of town that particular wkend, they lost out. I am
     sure a lot of services were covered during this but due to the dates offered, I was not able to attend.
     I feel like we aren't as involved as grad students, maybe because most of my classes are in the evening. It is hard to attend the fun events
     during the day when I work--so maybe more school-wide events that could take place after 5pm to include us more.
     Make things cheaper and the resources that are available to me as a graduate student more accessible. Also seperate dining where they serve
     alchohol would be great.
     Provide more information on it's website relating to school ranking and graduate programs offered.
     Smaller class sizes
     More effort to raise awareness of programs and resources available for graduate students, more efforts to promote graduate student access to
     necessary materials, increased outlets for graduate student socializing.
     Make more grad programs available and beef up the ones we have. The more grad students there are the better. We are kind of outnumbered
     here.
     Make sure each course available to register for on SeaNet has a syllabus and the book list. This would help us to choose classes which even
     out our work load and allow us ample time to search for books at a reduced rate via the internet. Some of us are taking classes in another
     country and they books take months to arrive...
     more support as a beginning grad student with advicement for dept.

14   N/A / didn't answer the question                                                                                                                      7%
     n/a
     N/A
     N/A
     na
     no answer
     No comment at this time
     No input at this time
     No suggestions at this time.
     none
     i don't know
     I think I had more to complain about when I was financially supported by UNCW but now that I have external funds, I do not have any
     specific recommendations.
     Not sure because I live 1-1/2 hours away and commute
     please see comments
     ?
     Q29: What other academic, professional, and social issues are important to you as a UNCW
     graduate student?
#                                                                                                                                                                Percent
20   More / Better Social Events … Networking                                                                                                                         14%
     Community involvement
     I mainly just spend time in my lab or the student rec center. It would be nice to be able to meet other UNCW graduate students and/or alumni
     though. The only other concern I have is over parking price and space.
     I find there to be a distinct lack of a sense of community within the biology department, possibly due to the small size of labs and the physical
     fragmentation of labs and offices between Dobo, Friday, and the marine research center. Those are not all issues that can be helped due to logistics,
     but I have still found social and academic support to be superficial at best and have been disappointed with my experience here relative to that of
     my undergraduate institution.
     It would be nice to have social events for graduate students in the evenings to create more of a network.
     I wish there were alumni events that could help with networking.

     I attended the grad student spring picnic last year and was very disappointed. Food was literally a bunch of bananas and some chips. There were 2
     people there besides the group I brought. Maybe people don't attend because it is so depressing to walk up to two people, a bunch of bananas, and
     some chips. Creating a more festive event and encouraging GSA execs to bring their friends might help these events be more successful.
     First and foremost, to perform at my best level in all of my classes and related activities (which, I feel, a job that would actually even begin to cover
     a substantial portion of my monthly bills would significantly impact in a very negative way). I especially like the idea of having some sort of
     alumni/graduate student gathering, as schools always seem to tout their exceptional networking, yet rarely is this ever provided to the students (or
     even true, for that matter). (repeat)
     Loans and cultural events (repeat)
     More networking events
     More opportunities to meet Grad students who aren't in my program
     Networking for jobs after grad school
     Networking in community with professionals in my field
     networking to find a job
     The social issues are most of the issue here- this university is geared toward undergrads even though there are a growing number of grad students
     (at least that I've seen). Grad student research can propel the university's academic image, thus attracting more grad students (which would also
     mean more $$ for the university) so I don't know why UNCW always makes us feel like we're second place.
     interest in the community and what is relevant to working in the real world
     Professional networking and information on how to succeed as a graduate student. It seems the only ones who know are grad students who don't
     work full time outside of uncw. (repeat)
     Meeting alumni who want to help fellow UNCW people succeed.
     there aren't many activities for grad students, need more research and teaching opportunities (repeat)
     More research and travel support, especially to conferences even if not presenting, but just for networking. (repeat)
     participate in workshops and meetings from my field. To have more network conections with professors and other gradstudents from my same field
     from other Universities (repeat)

     Jobs / Future programs                                                                                                                                           10%
14   Finding employment after graduation
     getting a job when i graduate
     Finding jobs.
     Ability to find an academic job after graduation.
     I am concerned about the Career Center. They told me that my resume should absolutely not be longer than 1 page. I bet with the career center of
     my undergrad school, as long as with a principal for advice, and they both told me that a teacher resume shoud be 2 pages, especially for a Grad
     student. However, this, again, could be part of the miscommunication and disorganization of the program because the career center came to speak
     of all the interns about resumes, and 95% of the interns are undergrads. Perhaps they just "assumed" that the grad students knew better. Who
     knows. Regardless, I don't take any advice from the career center.
     Future employment and continuing eduation as a Phd student would be on the top of interest of most of the graduates
     job placement
     Job placement, career services, etc. We really need help in transitioning from school to the workforce.
     My professional future is by far the most important to me. I want to go on to get my PhD and I just hope all of this education and debt pays off, but
     that isn't really something that UNCW can do; it's just my answer to this question. Academically, I am confident that the school is providing me
     with a great education.
     Looking for the right Ph. D. program
     Resume building & networking for a career after graduate school.
     The environment, preparing for a career in my field (repeat)
     Thesis, job after graduation. (repeat)
     Taking what I've learned in graduate school and using that to benefit me in the job hunt, and beginning of my career.


     Facility / resource Access                                                                                                                                            9%
12   A better, more equipped research library, graduate student housing on-campus, or a cost-of-living allowance would all be amazingly great.
     Computer Lab
     I see that UNCW has begun to upgrade study desks on second floor of the Randall Library. Good move. Need additional receptacles for laptop use.
     Desks of are of less utility if receptacles are not closely located.
     Need more career resources for graduate students; job fairs, resume building, marketing ourselves, etc.
     Many times both grad labs in the library have been full, please make more room.
     Resource access, being able to eat, and knowning about my options after I graduate from UCNW.
     The school needs to be more aware of the needs of their part-time commuting students. Issues such as parking, library or computer access, rec
     center access and food services are not addressed with the part-time, commuting student. These services should be readily available late nights and
     weekends ALL year long while classes are in session. It would be nice to have facilities especially for graduate students such as a specialty
     dining/rec center/health services area with a lounge. Perhaps even a dedicated computer lab with wireless access would be nice. Combine all the
     services into one graduate center for better service. There should be something as an incentive to be a graduate student at UNCW - a reward for
     hard work.
     Parking is an issue! Now that we all have university health insurance, we have to use the health center. Could we PLEASE get a few parking places
     allocated for those who are sick to use the health center? Why should we have to take the bus, or walk all the way across campus sick if the only
     reason to be there is to see a doctor? I think it's rediculous!
     This may seem somewhat silly, but it had been over a decade since I was in college last. Technology has changed dramatically. I think it would be
     beneficial to make the resources and needs better realized in literature.
     higher print quotas for graduate students and TA/GA's as well would be very nice.
     The parking situation seems like an unnecessary headache, especially for graduate teaching assistants who not only have to attend classes in the
     evening but teach class in the morning/afternoon. It would be amazing to have a parking lot designated for TAs during daytime hours or bring back
     the old policy of allowing teaching assistants to park in the yellow spots. It's hard enough to teach and finish a thesis without having to fight for a
     parking spot on campus.
     On-site childcare.

10   Money                                                                                                                                                       8%
     Grants and funding for research projects and upkeep
     Availability of grant money and job/internship placement
     I have had to resign my full time employment(with paid health insurance) to continue school in the spring due to the fact that all the classes I need
     are at 5pm. If they started at 6:30 or evern 6pm that would be a tremendous benefit to me.
     Give more money to Bear Hall, and growth in the rest of the Humanities
     First and foremost, to perform at my best level in all of my classes and related activities (which, I feel, a job that would actually even begin to cover
     a substantial portion of my monthly bills would significantly impact in a very negative way). I especially like the idea of having some sort of
     alumni/graduate student gathering, as schools always seem to tout their exceptional networking, yet rarely is this ever provided to the students (or
     even true, for that matter). (repeat)
     Loans and cultural events (repeat)
     The Liberal Arts are underfunded and mostly ignored.
     Sometimes it seems that professors get to tied up in their own interests to fulfill the needs of the graduate students. - more research opportunities
     with faculty helping to lead the way would be good. (repeat)
     More research and travel support, especially to conferences even if not presenting, but just for networking. (repeat)
     On-campus job availability to graduate students.

8    More Mentoring                                                                                                                                              7%
     Thesis, job after graduation. (repeat)
     Learning more about the MSN thesis/ evidence based project
     Mentors are very important, whether they are other grad students, advisors, or professors. My advisor and lab have all been extremely open and
     accomodating; I hope that every incoming graduate student feels the same way.
     More support with thesis.
     Sometimes it seems that professors get to tied up in their own interests to fulfill the needs of the graduate students. - more research opportunities
     with faculty helping to lead the way would be good. (repeat)
     Individual guidance based on student's goals,
     Professional teachers
     If graduate programs at UNCW are going to exist, they should have adequate numbers of faculty members and resources to administer them to their
     full potential capacity. Otherwise, such programs should be dissolved.

6    Environmental issues                                                                                                                                        5%
     Sustainability on campus! No smoking outside of buildings, especially on the steps in front of Dobo and in front of Friday Hall. It's disgusting and
     unhealthy for students to be standing there smoking, subjecting others to unwanted second hand smoke. Disgusting!
     Sustainabiliy.
     Environmental issues. Green spaces and green awareness when planning events, e.g. biodegradable crockery at UNCW catered events. Also,
     support for part-time or limited parking on campus if you commute by other means (walking, biking, bus) otherwise, e.g. passes to park on campus
     for 15 days/semester.
     The environment, preparing for a career in my field (repeat)
     Save the orca whales
     The most important to me is that UNCW go above and beyond required environmental standards, particularly with regard to minimizing pollution
     and reducing energy consumption. Once this is accomplished UNCW can serve as a model for the community around Wilmington and show
     citizens and business owners in this rapidly growing city how development should proceed. People come to this region for the beaches, the water,
     the marvelous environments. If it is not protected as it's developed, we will all lose. UNCW can lead this charge for Wilmington in an honest way,
     free of 'green washing'.


5    Invited Speakers                                                                                                                                            4%
     Does the university hold any sort of professional speaker series? If so, I have not heard anything about it and believe it would be of great benefit to
     my graduate level peers.
     Again, more and better advertised invited speakers.
     Guest speakers that present material that is relevant to present day situations, career opporunities, and other areas of interest.
     Program enrichment by sending students to specialty continuing education seminars by professionals and healthcare organizations.
    participate in workshops and meetings from my field. To have more network conections with professors and other gradstudents from my same field
    from other Universities (repeat)

4   Better disemination of what's avaliable                                                                                                                  4%
    Dissemination of information
    I can probably find most that I need, but, again, would love to have more emails about what is available, esp. concerning the nutrionist.
    I don't know the campus AT ALL because I work in two buildings, however I would like to know the campus a bit better.
    Resources available that are not promoted.

4   Research Opportunities                                                                                                                                   4%
    there aren't many activities for grad students, need more research and teaching opportunities (repeat)
    research, professional development, publishing
    More research and travel support, especially to conferences even if not presenting, but just for networking. (repeat)
    Real-world application of work conducted in class; Incorporation of classroom research projects to support a community endeavor or graduate
    research pods

4   More / Better Healthly lifestyle options                                                                                                                 4%
    Athletics; intramural sports.
    Additional health and well-being options, such as healthy food to purchase, and affordable access to wellness therapies.
    I would also love to see more opportunities like the Hot Yoga workshop last semester, any kind of chance to participate in unconventional, fun
    activities with other graduate students outside of my department.
    I have Celiac Disease and would very much like to help spread awareness of gluten's adverse effects on a LARGE percentage of the population. At
    present, awareness is somewhat limited, as are the food options made available to UNCW students on campus

    Planning for graduate school

3   family planning: how to be a graduate student, or post-doc, or professor while starting a family. Is it feasible for females as well as male students?   3%
    helping working, older students
    Professional networking and information on how to succeed as a graduate student. It seems the only ones who know are grad students who don't
    work full time outside of uncw. (repeat)

3   Diversity issues                                                                                                                                         3%
    More minorities
    Diversity issues
    I would like to see UNCW continue to recruit students of various backgrounds. I think SAT cut off scores keeps us from being a more diverse
    school.

3   More Ph.D. programs                                                                                                                                      3%
    Would like to see more PHD programs, specifically in Public Admin, Business Admin, Engineering. Also need a JD program.
    Loan repayment, More Ph.D programs, especially chemistry
    More PhD options at UNCW

2   Help with registration                                                                                                                                   1%
    Help with the registration process in the beginning would have been VERY helpful. I was completely lost as to how to do it & it took a lot on
    searching before I found a number to call for assistance.
    poor registration website

2   Classes offered                                                                                                                                          1%
    Lack of class offerings. There are not enough professors in our department to offer classes for both gran and undergrad students. We need more
    faculty.
    classes are not offered frequently enough to actually be taken by everyone who would like to take them



2   Recognition                                                                                                                                              1%
    I think the graduate school & its students should be OBVIOUSLY represented on the UNCWwebsite home page. The university, for marketing
    purposes, always displays awards & designations it has gained for the graduate school on the home page, but the faces &/or contributions & recent
    accomplishments of our graduate students are discriminately missing. Why can't there be a small box w/ a grad student focus on the home page
    (like, for instance, there is for "Soaring Seahawks?"). If the university is indeed proud of its graduate school & students, it should say so where it
    counts! Grad students in all programs do amazing things every week/month/semester! Can we showcase them?
    The importance of the level of honor, recognition, prestige that is associated with receipt of a master's degree from UNCW.

9   MISC                                                                                                                                                     6%
    Why is the campus 65% female? Of course that can't really be helped, but it's weird. And the grad programs seem to be more than 65% female.
    That's a major turn-off to lots of applicants...
    The music scene in Wilmington seems non-existent unless you love beach music or cover bands. I'd go to more of the films on campus if I had
    more time.
    Hard to say; I am a distance student.
     Academics. Ensure ALL departments know what they are teaching. ALL faculty members need to communicate efficiently to ensure that studnts
     are not mislead. I.e. not all faculty members are on the same page and students are told many different requirements, and chaos begins and never
     ends!
     Departmental and institutional HR practices and changes, teaching resources and material support
     I have been very impressed with my distance learning program in education. My classes and professors have been great.
     Professionally I am concerned about the salaries of teachers in NC. I believe I make MORE as a TA than I will make as an adjunct teacher at a
     community college here! And there is a great need for science teachers! I wonder how the state can offer TA's more than employees. I am VERY
     concerned as to how I am going to pay the loan payments, a mortgage (hopefully), and support my g'son on a teacher's salary.
     Some wacko is screaming B-I-B-L-E from the center of campus, please give him a job in the religious studies department.
     Survival is all i can ask for.

30   None                                                                                                                                               21%
     no answer
     No comment at this time
     No current issues.
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     None.
     Not much since I have a family. They are my social life.
     not sure
     ?
     I am married with a family, I don't have a lot of time for campus activities.

				
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