John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education

2000 National Survey of First-Year Curricular and Co-Curricular Practices

Overview

As one of its initial research projects, the Policy Center on the First Year of College (now Gardner Institute) conducted national surveys of first-year structures, policies, and practices in the collegiate curriculum and co-curriculum. Hyperlinks to two separate survey instruments were embedded in e-mail messages sent to chief academic officers and chief student affairs officers at 621 two- and four-year colleges and universities. The instruments asked a broad range of questions, and responses to these questions have been analyzed by institutional size, type (2-year and 4-year), and Carnegie classification (2000 edition). The survey instruments were designed by Policy Center staff members, Dr. Betsy Barefoot (principle investigator), Dr. Randy Swing, and John N. Gardner, with input from a nationally known team of educational research experts and first-year program directors.

This national survey is not intended to be diagnostic or prescriptive. It does not, in and of itself, paint a picture of “best practice.” Rather it reveals common practice, for better or worse, in the first college year across the curriculum and the co-curriculum. Some responses are consistent with anecdotal evidence about the first year, but other responses are in direct conflict with some widely held beliefs about what happens to first-year students in and out of the classroom.

Survey Instruments

Web-based Curricular Survey

Web-based Co-Curricular Survey

Findings

The following links will direct interested readers to findings in various formats derived from the survey responses.

About the Sample

621 institutions, stratified by Carnegie classification, were in the original random sample population. Hyperlinks to the survey instruments (curricular and co-curricular) were embedded in e-mail messages.The hyperlink to the curricular survey was sent successfully to 586 chief academic officers.The hyperlink to the co-curricular survey was sent successfully to 568 chief student affairs officers

Curricular Survey: 586 transmissions, 323 responses (54.7%)

Co-Curricular Survey: 568 transmissions, 291 responses (51%)

View Curricular Respondents

View Co-Curricular Respondents

Comparison of Survey and Response Populations by Institutional Type and Size

Curricular responses by institutional type

Survey population
(n = 586)

Response population
(n = 323)

Two-year

235 (40.1%)

116 (35.9%)

Four-year

351 (59.9%)

203 (62.8%)

Unknow type

4

Curricular responses by institutional size

<2,000

177 (30.0%)

102 (31.6%

2,000 – 4,999

197 (33.6%)

106 (32.8%)

5,000 – 14,999

144 (24.6%)

78 (24.1%)

15,000 or more

68 (11.6%)

33 (10.2%)

Unknown size

4

Curricular responses by Carnegie classification

AA

see “Two-year” above

see “Two-year” above

BA-Gen

72 (12.2%)

38 (11.7%)

BA-LA

54 (9.2%)

34 (10.5%)

Masters I & II

153 (26.1%)

90 (27.9%)

Research Intensive

27 (4.6%)

15 (4.6%)

Research Extensive

38 (6.4%)

22 (6.8%)

Unknown

4

 

Co-Curricular responses by institutional type

Survey population
(n = 568)

Response population
(n = 291)

Two-year

234 (41.2%)

106 (36.4%)

Four-year

334 (58.8%)

179 (61.5%)

Unknown

6

Co-Curricular responses by institutional size

<2,000

173 (30.4%)

90 (30.9%)

2,000 – 4,999

196 (34.5%)

94 (32.3%)

5,000 – 14,999

137 (24.1%)

71 (24.3%)

Unknown size

62 (10.9%)

30 (10.3%)

6

Co-Curricular responses by Carnegie classification

AA see “Two-year” above see “Two-year” above
BA-Gen 69 (12%) 34 (11.6%)
BA-LA 53 (9.3%) 30 (10.3%)
Masters I & II 144 (25.3%) 76 (26.1%)
Research Intensive 25 (4.4%) 13 (4.4%)
Research Extensive 37 (6.5%) 23 (7.9%)
Unknown 6

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