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ERIC Number: ED435290
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 33
Abstractor: N/A
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Evaluation of an Undergraduate Psychology Program: A Doable Department Response.
Willemsen, Eleanor; Pardini, Dustin; Andersen, Erin; Shirasu, Leslie; Barroga, Hilary
An assessment was conducted of an undergraduate psychology program at Santa Clara University (California) using satisfaction data from alumni, current undergraduates, and full-time psychology faculty. A survey was developed based on themes identified during structured focus groups with undergraduate psychology seniors and interviews with departmental professors. Surveys were completed by 153 alumni, 87 undergraduates, and 8 full-time professors within the department. Analysis indicated a strong consensus among alumni and current undergraduates that the quality of teaching was very strong in this department. Respondents perceived faculty as enthusiastic about psychology, talented in presenting information, current in the topics they taught, and appropriately challenging to students. Both alumni and students were less satisfied with the effectiveness of advising about careers and graduate education, opportunities to gain experience in applied settings, and opportunities to engage in research. Further analysis identified a discrepancy between what students expected of faculty and what faculty believed their jobs to be. Faculty saw their advising roles as providing information, whereas students wanted faculty advisors to provide broader support for students' career exploration activities. Specific recommendations regarding departmental communication, faculty involvement, student awareness, and student involvement are provided. Attached tables detail survey responses. (Contains 11 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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