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Survey: UC students generally happy with education, professors

June 10, 2009 |  5:03 pm

University of California students are generally satisfied with their education and professors but spend more time on such activities as socializing, cruising the Internet and exercising than they do on classes and schoolwork, a new survey by the university has found.

About 89% of UC undergraduates report they are somewhat satisfied, satisfied or very satisfied with the quality of faculty instruction at the public university, and 84% expressed at least some satisfaction with their access to faculty outside class, according to results of the online student survey released Wednesday. But fewer, about 64%, said they were happy about their ability to enroll in small classes at UC campuses.

On average, UC students said they spend 15.5 hours a week attending classes and 12.8 hours studying. They report using computers for non-academic purposes 10.7 hours a week, socializing 10.5 hours, exercising 5.4 hours and watching television five hours. Community service or volunteer activities take 2.4 hours a week and spiritual activities 1.8 hours, the survey found.

The survey, administered by UC Berkeley's Office of Student Research, drew responses from 39% of all UC undergraduates at nine campuses, a result that sociologists running it say is statistically valid.

-- Larry Gordon