Educational Outcomes Alumni Survey Survey Results 03/07/96


11. Various abilities and areas of knowledge are listed below. Please indicate how important each of these should be as a goal of undergraduate education, and indicate how effectively Penn State helped you develop these capabilities.

      IMPORTANCE(a)(b)                                                           EFFECTIVENESS(b)
          in                                                                           of                 Difference
   undergraduate education                                                      Penn State education    Effectiveness
     Not       Very                                                              Not        Very            minus
  Important Important                                                         Effective  Effective        Importance
  (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)  N   Avg                                                 (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)  N   Avg
  --- --- --- --- --- ---  ---                                                 --- --- --- --- --- ---  --- -----
    0   5  27 122 771 925  4.8  Using computer and information technology       55 116 257 279 221 928  3.5  -1.3
    0   2  18 140 768 928  4.8  Writing ability                                 13  62 263 400 193 931  3.7  -1.1
    1   9  40 150 728 928  4.7  Speaking ability                                21 110 295 327 177 930  3.6  -1.1
    0   2  39 256 628 925  4.6  Acquiring new skills and knowledge               3  44 196 398 288 929  4.0   -.6
    0   4  63 249 611 927  4.6  Making logical, rational judgements             16  89 316 360 146 927  3.6  -1.0
    1  10  77 287 554 929  4.5  Contributing as part of a team                  19  77 241 341 252 930  3.8   -.7
    1   6 106 323 488 924  4.4  Integrating various types of information         5  68 297 387 165 922  3.7   -.7
    8  24 110 223 555 920  4.4  Life long learning                              28  81 295 288 229 921  3.7   -.7
    3  17 111 307 488 926  4.4  Producing independent work                      12  48 216 368 283 927  3.9   -.5
    6  16 130 321 451 924  4.3  Understanding a particular field or discipline  14  35 210 392 274 925  3.9   -.4
    4  19 174 362 365 924  4.2  Analyzing quantitative information              14  69 320 340 182 925  3.7   -.5
   30  51 160 252 429 922  4.1  Making moral decisions                         102 194 340 191  93 920  3.0  -1.1
   33  68 168 259 398 926  4.0  Functioning in a culturally diverse society     62 152 297 260 154 925  3.3   -.7
    7  64 272 334 247 924  3.8  Understanding scientific approaches             21  97 332 305 166 921  3.5   -.3
   20  62 242 339 262 925  3.8  Understanding the arts, sciences, & humanities  17  83 324 321 177 922  3.6   -.2
   25  98 310 281 211 925  3.6  Enhancing personal and community health         72 195 394 168  94 923  3.0   -.6
   49 135 311 247 171 913  3.4  Functioning across international boundaries    147 295 282 131  52 907  2.6   -.8
   34 135 360 273 112 914  3.3  Understanding and appreciating aesthetics       63 193 391 199  71 917  3.0   -.3
   76 160 336 214 134 920  3.2  Understanding a foreign language               243 206 256 122  67 894  2.5   -.7
             
             
    a) Data sorted by highest score for importance in undergraduate education.
    b) Average represents weighted average by category, weighted 1 to 5, left to right.
 

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