Alumni Survey Results

photo of graduates at commencementRecently the College conducted a survey of our alumni. Respondents were very positive about their liberal arts education at Wright State:

  • 86% thought their liberal arts education enhanced their problem solving skills
  • 90% said their liberal arts education enabled them to communicate effectively in multiple ways
  • 80% affirmed that their liberal arts education taught them to do advanced research and evaluate sources
  • 84% believed their liberal arts education gave them an increased understanding of other places, people and cultures
  • 85% agreed that their liberal arts education gave them the tools to learn new things and respond to change

Comments were equally positive. Here are some:

“Four years of problem solving in various disciplines was extremely useful.”
— Fine Arts major

“I discovered that I could think in various perspectives rather than memorizing as a robot and spitting out what was expected.”
— Sociology major

“I learned about multiple communication techniques I still find valuable today.”
— International Studies major

“Having a strong background in both written and oral communications created many of the business opportunities I have enjoyed.”
— Communication major

“Performance skills from music are applicable to any performance situation.”
— Music major

“Understanding of diverse perspectives enables a person to be more empathetic and therefore a better communicator.”
— Communication major

“I came out of Wright State fully able to express myself both verbally and in writing.”
— History major

“I have always had strong communication skills, but now I have the ability to use those skills more effectively.”
— Theatre major

“Research was always stressed, and the emergence of the computer made research faster, but my training enabled me to organize and analyze the findings well and quickly.”
— English major

“I was able to evaluate resources and I’m able to discern what is a reputable source vs. opinion.”
— Liberal Studies major

“My liberal arts education is the basis of may management success and promotions over the years.  It has allowed me to grow and live in places I could only dream of when I was young.”
— Communication major

“I can have advanced conversations about religion, politics, history in other countries, philosophy, all types of issues.”
— Liberal Studies major

“The students from other countries and backgrounds and required classes helped to broaden my thoughts and my mind.”
— Religion major

Understanding leads to respect which leads to friends.”
— Liberal Studies major

“I remember many classes…opening my mind with life changing ideas.”
— Art major

“My own viewpoints were challenged by new ideas, and yet, I was allowed to express my views in creative response as well.”
— Philosophy major