Posted at 2 p.m., Dec. 8, 2015

Questionaire takes new angle

Better balance between student instructor questions

The questionnaire given to students at the end of their courses at Laramie County Community College was recently revised, mostly adding questions pertaining to student expectations and effort.

In addition to eight new questions focused on the students’ courses and instructors, the LCCC Student Course Questionnaire Revision Committee added nine student-focused questions to give the survey more of a “student angle” instead of being “instructor heavy,” Nate Huseman, LCCC English instructor, said.

Huseman, who also represented Arts and Humanities on the Student Course Questionnaire Revision Committee, said the questionnaire was revised in spring of 2015 to shoot for an equal ratio among student- and faculty-based questions, placing “ownership on the student, as well,” by adding a component “to incentivize students to participate,” Huseman said.

After the revision was set, a group of students participated in the revised, pilot survey, “but more changes were made based on student feedback,” Director of Institutional Research Ann Murray said, “so this fall semester is the first time that we’re using the new questionnaire.”

The results for the survey won’t be available until after the semester ends, said Murray, in this case, January.

Questions like “The instructor is available during posted office hours,” and “I let the instructor know when I do not understand the material” were added in the revised questionnaire to “help students and faculty find that dialogue,” Huseman said.

In the first two sections of the questionnaire, students can offer one of five answers: I don’t know; seldom (less than 20 percent of the time); occasionally (20-50 percent of the time); frequently (50-80 percent of the time); and almost always (more than 80 percent of the time).

Since the revisions were recently implemented, Murray said the data from the previous years are incomparable, adding that “we don’t have data available at the institutional level for the current instrument (survey).”