The History Department at PC has set for itself some ambitious goals and in order to know if these are being achieved, we ask students (seniors) and alumni for their opinions about their experiences as history majors by asking them to complete anonymous surveys. Although alumni surveys are not as frequent (every five years), surveys for graduating seniors occur annually. From the results of these assessment tools, the department develops plans and strategies designed to strengthen areas students and alumni identify as needing attention.
The most recent senior survey reveals that the department scored an average of 4.6 on a 5.0 scale, indicating a high degree of student satisfaction. The department is very pleased with this as it has worked hard but it has also devised exciting new ways to address student concerns which, in turn, have resulted in continued student satisfaction.
The chart below gives an overview of the results of the senior surveys over the last few years. The questions are presented in their abbreviated form along the bottom axis.
A recent alumni survey yielded very similar results on the items noted in the chart above; overall alumni scored the department with an average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. This survey, however, also generated different kinds of data that would only be true of graduates who have gone on to further education and careers. This additional information speaks to the successes and activities of our majors after graduation.
As a department, we are pleased with these results and are working to ensure that the PC History Department continues to have the positive impact that it has had to date.