Each year graduating seniors in psychology fill out an anonymous survey which provides an opportunity to provide feedback on their experiences at Vanguard and, in particular, within the psychology department. The following links provide summaries of all seniors’ evaluations for many of the questons surveyed:

1. For the following items, please indicate the extent to which you agree or disagree: SA=Strongly Agree; A=Agree; D=Disagree; SD=Strongly Disagree; NA=Not Applicable:

Item SA A D SD NA
Courses in the psychology program build together into an integrated whole. 7 9 1 0 0
Requirements for the psychology program provide appropriate coverage of the field. 7 7 3 0 0
Course content in the psychology program is up-to-date. 7 10 0 0 0
Most courses in the psychology program are academically challenging. 2 11 3 1 0
The workload in the psychology program requires substantial time and effort. 7 8 2 0 0
Writing is required regularly in most courses in the psychology program. 10 7 0 0 0
Professors’ preparation for class is evident. 11 5 1 0 0
Professors are knowledgeable about the subjects taught. 12 4 1 0 0
Assignments are returned with helpful comments. 6 10 1 0 0
Professors are open to points of view different from their own. 9 7 1 0 0
Assessments (such as tests) accurately measure my learning. 5 6 6 0 0
Learning is emphasized over memorizing. 3 8 5 0 0
The program provides relevant research opportunities. 7 6 4 0 0
The use of computers is appropriately integrated into classes. 7 8 2 0 0
Most classes in the psychology program use student oral presentations appropriately. 6 10 1 0 0
The psychology program provides relevant internship opportunities. 4 10 2 1 0
Professors willingly meet students outside of class. 11 7 0 0 0
Professors are concerned with students’ progress in class. 9 7 1 0 0
Advisors give helpful guidance in curriculum choices. 9 7 0 0 0
Library resources for the psychology program are adequate. 3 5 5 1 2
Special equipment (lab, technology, etc.) used by the psychology program is adequate. 4 9 2 1 1
The psychology program has helped me to become an independent learner. 5 9 3 0 0
My ability to think critically has increased as a result of the psychology program. 7 10 1 0 0
My ability to write effectively has increased as a result of the psychology program. 7 7 3 0 0
The psychology program has helped me make progress toward career goals. 10 5 1 1 0
The psychology program is preparing me for the future. 9 5 2 1 0
The psychology program has helped strengthen my Christian faith. 6 11 0 0 0
I feel like I am getting an outstanding education from the psychology program. 7 9 1 1 0
Overall, I am satisfied with the psychology program. 8 9 0 0 0
I would recommend the psychology program to others. 8 9 0 0 0

2. Please evaluate each of the psychology classes that you completed atVUSC:

Courses Poor Below Average Above Excellent
General Psychology (PSYC 103) 0 0 5 4 1
Introduction to Statistical Methods (SOCS 265) 0 0 5 2 6
Developmental Psychology (PSYC 320) 0 1 8 5 1
Adolescent Psychology (PSYC 321) 0 1 5 5 2
Social Psychology (PSYC 324) 1 1 7 2 1
Physiological Psychology (PSYC 330) 1 2 5 6 1
Abnormal Psychology (PSYC 332) 0 0 5 3 5
Diversity Issues in the Helping Professions (PSYC 334) 0 0 1 2 4
Social and Psychological Aspects of Aging (PSYC 335) 0 0 3 2 2
Theories of Personality (PSYC 345) 0 1 4 2 5
Theories and Principles of Learning (PSYC 350) 0 0 1 2 5
Human Sexuality (PSYC 358) 0 0 1 0 2
Educational Psychology (PSYC 359) 1 1 2 1 0
Intermediate Statistical Methods (SOCS 364) 0 0 0 1 1
Experimental Psychology (PSYC 371) 0 0 2 2 12
Behavior Modification (PSYC 420) 0 0 5 3 2
History and Systems of Psychology (PSYC 440) 0 0 4 0 2
Psychological Testing (PSYC 446) 0 2 7 5 2
Cognitive Psychology (PSYC 449) 1 3 6 4 2
Teaching Internship (PSYC 450) 0 0 2 2 2
Family Psychology (PSYC 470) 0 1 1 0 1
Group Dynamics (PSYC 470) 0 0 1 3 4
Field Practicum (PSYC 460) 0 0 2 6 6
Counseling Theories (PSYC 462) 0 0 1 3 4
Counseling Methods (PSYC 463) 0 0 1 2 4
Psychological Research (PSYC 474/475) 0 1 2 3 3
Psychology and Christianity (PSYC 477) 0 5 8 2 2

3. Please evaluate the overall teaching ability of each of the following instructors from whom you have taken at least one class:

Instructor Poor Below Average Above Excellent
Shirley Albertson Owens 3 2 5 4 3
Claudia Degelman 0 0 0 4 8
Douglas Degelman 0 0 1 4 13
Noreen Dulin 0 0 1 2 9
Karen Hummel 0 0 2 6 9
Don Ratcliff 1 3 2 1 4

4. Please indicate the extent to which you feel that each of the following educational targets and goals of Vanguard University have been achieved through your VUSC education generally and your education within the department of psychology specifically:

Intellectual Engagement: The student will learn to think critically and evaluate evidence rationally; acquire and continue to use skills for learning; utilize research methods for the expansion of knowledge and problem solving; integrate learning with Christian faith and living; and, develop the ability to communicate the fruits of learning and research clearly and effectively.

Context 1 (Poor) 2 3 4 5 (Excellent)
VUSC education 2 0 4 7 4
Psychology education 1 0 1 7 8

Spiritual Formation: The student will understand Christian existence as a journey that integrates human experience with personal faith; gain an appreciation for the value of participation in communities of believers; and, develop and maintain a biblically-based and theologically sound Christian lifestyle of personal and social responsibility.

Context 1 (Poor) 2 3 4 5 (Excellent)
VUSC education 1 0 1 7 8
Psychology education 0 0 1 10 6

Professional Excellence: The student will understand current theories and practices in their respective academic disciplines in the context of the liberal arts; develop lifelong skills for communicating and performing professionally; achieve technological competence in acquiring and processing information; acquire interpersonal ability to work harmoniously with others; and internalize a strong sense of professional ethics.

Context 1 (Poor) 2 3 4 5 (Excellent)
VUSC education 0 2 2 8 5
Psychology education 0 3 2 3 9

Aesthetic Expression: The student will understand various sources of aesthetic sensitivity and expression as inherent human endowments and part of God’s creation; gain an awareness, understanding, appreciation, and expression of the fine and performing arts; and, develop interpretive frameworks of aesthetic truths and values for personal wholeness and community enrichment.

Context 1 (Poor) 2 3 4 5 (Excellent)
VUSC education 1 0 4 8 3
Psychology education 1 1 3 8 3

Responsible Stewardship: The student will adopt a lifestyle of personal health and well-being; appreciate the value of family and other meaningful relationships; exhibit the responsibilities of citizenship in society; gain a global outlook in caring for the environment and in promoting social justice and economic empowerment; and, promote the church’s mission through community service.

Context 1 (Poor) 2 3 4 5 (Excellent)
VUSC education 0 1 5 6 5
Psychology education 0 0 6 5 6

Sociocultural Responsiveness: The student will demonstrate a capacity to challenge personal prejudices; appreciate cultural diversity and learn from other cultures; develop a commitment to pursue peace, justice, and reconciliation in a pluralistic society; and, celebrate the differences of race, ethnicity, gender, and age within the biblical vision of inclusiveness and the equal value of all people.

Context 1 (Poor) 2 3 4 5 (Excellent)
VUSC education 2 0 2 7 6
Psychology education 0 0 1 4 12