Posted to: Earle Traynham, Provost & Vice President Academic Affairs
Can Academic Affairs make the survey for graduating students mandatory?
Response from Earle Traynham, Provost & Vice President Academic Affairs:
In order to address the Faculty Association question regarding whether it is possible for Academic Affairs to make the graduating senior survey mandatory, I have sought the guidance of Judy Miller, Executive Director of Assessment who is responsible for the design and distribution of the graduating senior survey. Judy raised some very valid points which I have summarized below regarding the feasibility of layering on a mandatory completion requirement for this survey.
According to the terms of the IRB application for the graduating senior survey, respondents have to be able to opt out of the survey. If we make this survey mandatory, we have to decide on a penalty for not completing the survey. If we define a penalty such as not being able to graduate or receive your diploma, we are essentially creating a new degree requirement for which we would need to seek approval. We would also have to submit a revised IRB application with a requirement for completion which would change the survey’s current “exempt” status.
It is unlikely the faculty and administration would want to impose a new degree requirement on students, particularly at a time when time-to-graduation is a critical metric for UNF. What we can do as an initial step is review the survey with the Director of Assessment when he or she comes on board and determine whether there are changes we can make to the instrument which will increase rates without the risk of delaying graduation or disrupting the IRB exempt status.