ERIC Number: ED125470
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Jun-2
Reference Count: N/A
Student Opinion on Factors Affecting the Quality of Education. Educational Assessment Center Reports.
Washington Univ., Seattle. Educational Assessment Center.
In response to questions raised about the quality of education at the University of Washington, the winter 1976 Student Affairs Survey sought the opinion of a random sample of students on a number of quantifiable indicators of quality. Five hundred and fifty-seven respondents completed mailed questionnaires, for a response rate of 54 percent. The indicators, selected in cooperation with representatives of student organizations and faculty, included perceived characteristics of faculty members, availability and perceived difficulty of classes, academic advising, contact with faculty members, and resolution of grievances. The students' evaluation of most of these elements was favorable, while their experiences with one, academic advising, was reported as unsatisfactory. The respondents rated availability of classes and overall satisfaction of expectations at the university positively. Only minimal experience with university grievance procedures was cited. The outstanding finding of the study was the overwhelming report of satisfaction with faculty contact. Ninety-three percent of the respondents attempted to meet with instructors at least once each quarter; of these students, 92 percent reported that their efforts were successful, and their meetings with faculty members resulted in the students obtaining the advice or assistance they sought. (Author)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Curriculum, Educational Assessment, Educational Quality, Higher Education, Student Attitudes, Student Personnel Services, Student Teacher Relationship, Surveys, Teacher Characteristics
Educational Assessment Center. University of Washington, 1400 Campus Parkway, PB-30, Seattle, Washington 98195
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington Univ., Seattle. Educational Assessment Center.