First Results of the First Survey

The first survey within the Studi-AKTIV panel study took place at the beginning of the summer semester 2018. We would like to thank all participants in the study for taking the time to answer our questions. In October 2018, you will receive another e-mail from us inviting you to participate in the second round of the survey.
On this page, we give an overview of the results of the first survey. Further in-depth analyses will follow in the coming weeks.
In total, nearly 400 students from all KIT departments took part in the study. The majority of respondents said they belonged to the Department of Mechanical Engineering (almost 100 of all respondents), Department of Economics and Management (almost 50 of all respondents), and the Department of Chemistry and Biosciences (almost 40 of 400 respondents). At the time of the survey, more than half of the participants were 20 years of age or younger, more than a third were in the group of 21 to 24-year-olds. Less than an eighth of those surveyed said they were 25 years or older. This age pattern is in line with the fact that more than half of those surveyed said that they came to university immediately after final secondary-school examinations. When asked for the reasons for the decision to take up a course of study in the chosen field, the following motives prevailed: Interest in the subject, acquisition of new knowledge, and the desire to develop analytical skills. The students agreed the least with the following reasons: Expectations of one's own social environment, the possibility to become involved in social activities while studying, and adherence to the advice of parents/friends and acquaintances.
The following overview shows the mean values of the reasons for taking up the course of study by item (multiple answers or omissions were possible). To simplify representation, some items have been rephrased.


What Does the Respondents' Everyday University Life Exactly Look Like?

Most participants in the study stated that they would attend between five and eight courses in the 2018 summer semester. The most common forms of work are exams, followed by term papers. A relatively large number of respondents also ticked internships, oral examinations, and seminars.
Most students rated the Ilias websites of the individual courses and the information provided by the student representatives and in the module manuals as useful information for their studies. When asked what information had been specifically used for the current semester and course offerings, more than three quarters of all respondents again ticked the Ilias web pages of the individual courses. More than half of the respondents in addition referred to the module manuals, the KIT department websites, and the respective institute homepages.

What Requirements Do the Respondents Face During Their Studies?

Regarding the requirements, the participants were asked to assess to what extent own commitment, abstract thinking, retentiveness, and the transfer of what was learned to something new are being requested in their studies. More than half of the students interviewed stated that all of these four aspects are "challenging" or "very challenging".
It should be emphasized that most of the respondents (over 350 participants) said that they considered their own commitment as being a "challenging" or "very challenging" request. The answers to this range of topics are presented in detail in the overview below:

In this context, we also wanted to find out how students would describe their own current learning behavior. Most of the respondents considered the following items to be correct: "The way I deal with the subject depends on the characteristics of the subject area", "I am happy when I come across new approaches in learning", and "I try to find out which subject areas I have not yet understood sufficiently".
It was found that the respondents approved the least of the items "If possible, I memorize the content" and "When preparing for exams, I sometimes resort to selective learning".

How Satisfied with Their Studies are the Respondents?

The question concerning the satisfaction of the students was subdivided into "choice of degree program", "supervision by lecturers", "courses of the last semester (WS 2017/18)", and "contact with other students". The option "choice of degree program" scored particularly well: With a few exceptions, a large majority of the respondents stated that they were "very satisfied" with their choice of degree program. More than half of those surveyed were also very satisfied with their contact with other students. Three quarters of the participants stated that they were "rather satisfied" to "very satisfied" with the courses of the last semester. The participants were least satisfied with the professional support provided by lecturers. Nevertheless, in this category too, more than half of those surveyed said they were "rather satisfied" to "very satisfied" with the support provided by lecturers. All results related to the subject area of satisfaction during studies are shown in the graphic below:

Further analyses of the available data will be published shortly.