ERIC Number: ED360216
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Dec
Survey on Undergraduate Education in Sociology. Higher Education Surveys Report. Survey Number 15--Sociology.
White, Patricia E.; Lewis, Laurie L.
This document presents the results of a survey questionnaire of undergraduate education in sociology sent in spring 1991 to a nationally representative sample of 597 four-year colleges and universities. The data from 502 responding four-year colleges and universities (out of 529 eligible institutions) were weighted to provide national estimates about instructional staff, computer resources, course offerings, and issues and concerns in undergraduate education in sociology. Results showed that most of the nation's four-year colleges and universities had sociology programs, and that most institutions with sociology programs offered bachelor's degrees in the subject. Twenty percent offered master's degrees, 10% doctorates, and 5% associate degrees. About half of the chairs of departments with sociology programs stated that the number of students who declared a major in sociology had increased in the last five years. When evaluating components of undergraduate education in sociology, department chairs assessed curriculum and faulty/staff resources more positively than the academic preparation and interest and motivation of students. The academic preparation of entering freshmen was ranked as the most important issue of concern to chairs of departments with sociology programs. Other issues ranked as major concerns were student interest and motivation, computer background of students, recruiting and retention of qualified faculty, and appropriateness of class size for introductory courses. All students had access to campus-wide computer resources, but only 37% of respondents stated their department offered undergraduates access to departmental computers. Full time faculty members teaching sociology to undergraduates were 84% White, non-Hispanic; 8% Black, non-Hispanic; 4% Hispanic; 3% Asian; and 1% nonresident alien. A mean of 82% of the instructional contact hours was taught by full-time faculty. (DK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.; Department of Education, Washington, DC.; National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Westat, Inc., Rockville, MD.