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ERIC Number: ED187227
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
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Alumni Ratings as an Indicator of Departmental Quality.
Wise, Steven L.; And Others
The usefulness of alumni ratings in assessing departmental quality was investigated at the University of Illinois by a survey one year after graduation, in 1977. Groups of 4,573 enrolled students and one year later, 1,228 alumni from 22 departments responded to 11 satisfaction items concerning instructional, curricular, advising, and functional aspects of their major departments. The purpose was to assess: (1) whether the factor structure of alumni ratings of major departments is similar to that of enrolled student ratings; (2) whether alumni report degrees of satisfaction different from those of enrolled students; and (3) what the influences are of job-related variables on alumni attitudes toward their major programs and the university in general. The results suggest that former students continue to assess their major programs in the same way after graduation. It was found, however, that alumni were more satisfied with integration of courses, classroom evaluation procedures, and accessibility of instructor than were enrolled students, but less satisfied with vocational guidance. The alumni survey is thus seen as a valuable source of additional information, and is worth the additional expense to administer. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April 1980)