Survey conducted by the 2014/2015 graduates of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, has scored the institution 85 per cent on academic standard even as the students expressed displeasure with the Institution’s social services.
This was contained in a report titled, “ABU Campus Life Experience Survey”, conducted by the professor Adamu Ahmed-led Directorate of University Advancement for the 2014/2015 session.
According to the report, the survey was aimed at assessing graduating students’ experience across all aspects of their stay in the ABU and how that could affect their future relationships with the university.
The Vice Chancellor, Professor Ibrahim Garba, said the survey undertaken by the Directorate of University Advancement is part of ongoing efforts of the university to improve the performance of the university by obtaining feedback from graduating students in a systematic way.
The survey which was conducted across the 12 Faculties of the first generation university and the school of Postgraduate studies had a total of 531 respondents who participated in the study, comprising 78 (or 14.7%) students from the postgraduate school and 85.3% of undergraduate students.
The survey which is a four-yearly project covers academic issues such as quality of academic experience, adequacy of academic facilities and services, effectiveness of IT services, and students’ welfare such as Hostel accommodation, students safety on campus, Basis for choice of ABU, and impression of ABU and future relationship etc.
Findings of the survey revealed that vast majority of the respondents rated the university’s quality of academic activities above 85% with particular reference to academic standards and programme curriculum.
The respondents however lamented that processing and display of examination results was poor and the university needed to address this and other vital areas such as accommodation and toilet facilities, some are in bad shape and therefore need expansion and urgent renovation/improvement.
According to the survey, a large majority of the graduating students are willing to give back to ABU through occasional gifts and financial donations, return to ABU for further studies and are determined to encourage candidates to aspire to pursue their higher education in the ABU which they believe is far ahead of very many other universities.