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SUNY Potsdam School of Education Alumni Survey
Spring 2011
Program assessment is an important component of the education programs at SUNY Potsdam. Your candid responses to this survey will provide valuable information to help determine both the strengths and weaknesses of the Major Education Program you completed. All responses will remain strictly confidential and will only be used for preparing summary data.


Your help is greatly appreciated. If you have any questions about this survey, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Bruce Brydges, Director of Institutional Research & Academic Assessment at 315 267-2881 email: brydgebc@potsdam.edu

Part I

1. Gender
Male
Female

2a. Degree(s) completed (check all that apply)
BA
BM
MST
MSED
Other

2b. Program completed and for which you are filling in this survey.
Early Childhood
Childhood/Elementary
Information and Communication Technology
Literacy
Music Education
Secondary English
Secondary Mathematics
Secondary Science
Secondary Social Studies
Secondary Foreign Languages
Special Education
Other


3. Year you graduated from this SUNY Potsdam Degree Program:

4a. For Bachelor's graduates: Did you transfer from another college?
Yes
No

4b. If 'Yes' what college?

4c. For Master's graduates: Did you receive your bachelor's degree from SUNY Potsdam?
Yes
No

4d. If 'No' what college?

Current Employment
5a. Classroom teacher
Yes
No

5b. Classroom Teacher - if yes,
Grade Level(s)
Subject(s)

6a. Specialty Teacher (e.g. special education, music, art, reading teacher, technology specialist)
Yes
No

6b. Specialty Teacher (e.g. special education, music, art, reading teacher, technology specialist) - if yes,
Grade Level(s)
Subject(s)

7s. Administrator
Yes
No

7b. Administrator - if yes,
Grade Level(s)
Title

8a. Counselor
Yes
No

8b. Counselor - if yes,
Grade Level(s)

9. Other School Personnel - please explain


10. Employed at a College or University
Faculty
Staff
Graduate Assistant
None


11. Employed outside the field of education
Yes
No

12. Enrolled in Graduate School
Yes
No

13. Homemaker
Yes
No

14. Unemployed
Yes
No

15. Other, specify:

16. If employed in a school position: What type of school do you work in? (check all that apply)
Public District/System
Independent/Private
Urban
Suburban
Rural
Other


17. School Location

PART II

Please mark each of the following items, using the rating scale below to best indicate your level of agreement with the following statements. In forming your judgements, please think of your Major Education Program of study as a whole, rather than of specific/ individual courses.

Rating Scale:
SA = Strongly Agree
A = Agree
D = Disagree
SD = Strongly Disagree
DK = Don't Know

18. My Major School of Education Program prepared me to:
DK SD D A SA
a. Teach the content associated with my Major Education certification
program.
b. Use the principles of child/adolescent development to plan and manage
instruction.
c. Address the learning needs of students from diverse backgrounds (e.g. race, ethnicity,
economic levels, gender, family background, religion, sexual orientation).
d. Address the learning needs of students with exceptional learning or
behavioral needs.
e. Use a variety of instructional strategies for developing critical thinking and
problem-solving.
f. Create and manage learning environments that include positive behavioral
supports for all learners.
g. Communicate effectively with students, peer professionals, and
families.
h. Design effective and meaningful learning experiences for all students, using
my background in content and pedagogy.
i. Use a variety of assessment techniques effectively to monitor student progress
and plan subsequent instruction.
j. Make sound ethical decisions in my teaching practice.
k. Work effectively with families.
l. Use technology effectively to enhance instruction and student learning.
m. Overall my Major Education Program at SUNY Potsdam prepared
me well for teaching.

Please mark each of the following items, using the number code below to best indicate your opinion. In forming your judgments, please think of your Major Education Program of study as a whole, rather than specific/individual courses

Rating Scale:
5 = All the time
4 = Most of the time
3 = Some of the time
2 = Rarely
1 = Never

19. To what extent did your Field Experiences in your Major Education Program provide opportunities for the following:
Never All the time
1 2 3 4 5
a. Applying skills and knowledge to actual practice in classrooms?
b. Working with students from diverse backgrounds and with diverse learning needs?

20. To what extent did SUNY Potsdam provide:
Never All the time
1 2 3 4 5
a. Technology to allow faculty to model effective teaching practices?
b. Library resources to support your learning experiences?

PART III

Please comment freely in regards to the following questions in the space provided:

21. What are the strengths of the Major Education Program degree you completed at SUNY Potsdam?


22. What else would you like to say about your Major Education Program degree at SUNY Potsdam that you believe will help strengthen the program?


On behalf of the School of Education and Professional Studies, thank you for taking the time to complete this Alumni survey. Your input is valued.


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