Development of a Rating System for the Department of Behavioral Sciences

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The purpose of this study is to develop a testing instrument to measure how alumni will rate their undergraduate experience in the department of behavioral sciences on satisfaction and improvements that need to be made. The department of behavioral sciences needs this information to know what their graduates think of the program and what they suggest needs to be changed. Also to find out what their graduates are doing now and if their program was adequate in preparing graduates for the future rather it be for graduate school or a career. This present study is important to learn more information from graduates about improving the behavioral science department and what graduates are currently doing with their undergraduate degrees in either psychology or sociology. What Graduates Are Doing Now One study that looked at Psi Chi alumni found that most of the participants said they had been working full-time since they graduated but the fields they worked in did vary (). They also found that 72% of the participants reported that they were living on their own and were not receiving financial assistance from their families. A study conducted by Keyes and Hogberg found that most graduates had jobs but only 30% of the graduates they surveyed a job that was related to their degree in psychology (). The study showed similar statistics for both males and females. They also found that only 70% of the participants held advanced degrees. They did say that a possible explanation for so many graduates going into other fields is that a psychology degree is versatile. Another study conducted by Keyes and Hogberg that looked at gender differences, course usefulness, postbaccalaurete education and career paths found that psychology majo... ... middle of paper ... ...erences A study conducted by Keyes and Hogberg in 1990 that at the present time in the last twenty years more women than men had earned an undergraduate degree in psychology (). More women than men had an advanced degree in psychology or a psychology related field. More women work in psychology field positions and psychology related field positions and have found courses in abnormal psychology and methodology useful than men. A woman by the name of Grady said she had observed the decline of men in the field. She thought it may have to do with the trends in society. She also said that men are looking for things that “spark their interest like money, prestige, and privilege.” It was also stated in the study that in 1975 there was an equal number of men and women obtaining a psychology degree but by 1982 half as men graduated with a psychology degree as women.

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