Faculty Senate Survey of Perceptions of General Education/University Core

October, 2007

In the fall 2007 semester, the Senate Executive Committee finalized three documents summarizing General Education Committee approved revisions to the current university core (general education) program as well as a GEC summary of a possible Core III component for the university core program.  These documents were distributed to the campus community.  In addition, the SEC created a 3 question survey (items anchored at 1 = strongly disagree and 5 = strongly agree)  to assess global perceptions of the current university core (general education) program and the GEC approved revisions. The questions were as follows

  • I support the current University Core (General Education) program.      
  • I support the proposed University Core (General Education) program as described in the University Core executive and detailed summaries.
  • I support the continued investigation of a Core III component (as described in the Core III document created by the University Core III Subcommittee of the GEC) to be added to the University Core program.

Respondent Characteristics

 

Percent

(N = 130)

College

CBA

CLS

SAH

 

10

52

38

Rank

IAS – Lecturer Series

IAS – Clinical Professor Series

Assistant Professor

Associate Professor

Full Professor

Other

 

18

2

14

32

31

2

Length of Employment

5 or fewer years

6 to 10 years

11 to 15 years

16 to 20 years

21 to 25 years

26 to 30 years

31 or more years

 

21

24

20

22

6

5

2

Gender

Male

Female

Prefer not to answer

 

41

38

21

Note:  Percentages are based on those respondents who answered the question.  On each question, some respondents chose not to answer.

Descriptive Statistics

 

Mean a

(SD)

% “agree” or “strongly agree”

I support the current University Core (General Education) program.

3.33

(1.42)

53.6

I support the proposed University Core (General Education) program as described in the University Core executive and detailed summaries

2.66

(1.37)

36.9

I support the continued investigation of a Core III component (as described in the Core III document created by the University Core III Subcommittee of the GEC) to be added to the University Core program.

2.85

(1.33)

38.3

a 1 = strongly disagree, 5 = strongly agree

Respondents from the College of Science and Health rated their support for the current University Core (General Education) program significantly lower (M = 2.71, SD = 1.22) than respondents in either the College of Liberal Studies (M = 3.56, SD = 1.50) or the College of Business Administration (M= 3.85, SD = .90), F (2, 118) = 6.20, p = .003.

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