I am sorry it took so long for me to respond. I hadn't checked my e-mails very frequently recently, and I was stuck in the middle of a work project. I hope the information will still be helpful to you. Regards,
xxxxx *AMERICAN STUDIES M.A. PROGRAM QUESTIONNAIRE* When were you enrolled in the program? Respondent #18: 1997-1998 How did you learn of the program? Internet. AS@UVA Site Why did you enter the program, and did it meet your expectations? Advance knowledge of American Studies and American Culture, i.e. history, literature etc. What did you find most valuable about the program? Spectrum of AS course, inter-disciplinarity, practical orientation (internet) Was the program different in any significant ways from your earlier education? Yes. Smaller course sizes, better counseling, skill-building orientation of the program. Did the program help you develop any of these aspects of your life? -Thinking and communicating? yes.
-Work habits? sure.
-Research abilities? definitely.
-Technical abilities? positive.
To what extent did your classmates affect your experience in the program? Enormously. Small group and contacts with fellow students made up integral part of the experience. To what extent did the public venue (the Internet) for much your work affect your experience in the program? -provoked thought about the means and challenges imposed by the medium for providing information for the public.
- became usefull tool
- acquaintance with www and comfort using it.
- built personal expertise regarding content and technical aspects of the medium
Was the course work appropriate to the goals of the program? yes.
Did you perceive yourself as part of any university department or community larger than the American Studies Program itself? yes. Contact with people from English department. Courses within other depts. helped gaining other acquaintances. How well was interdisciplinary study integrated in the program? very. every professor was interested in co-operating with interdisciplinary projects. Were the following resources (and any other ones) adequate for your work? -Libraries? yes.
-Computers and technical support? yes.
-Work space? Lab too small, otherwise: yes.
-Financial support? yes. Alan Howard was very helpful in trying to provide assistance and work for every student
-- During the program did you have any relevant part-time employment? short-term summer job working for Prof. Howard. Please describe briefly your major forms of schooling and/or employment since your time in the program (giving dates, name of organization, and chief activities there): 1998-present, Bonn University, Germany, enrollment in post-graduate program 1999 work as IT-consultant (self-employed) Did you find advising and placement support in the program to be adequate? Very thorough, professional, and helpful. Has your involvement in the program made a discernible difference in the subsequent steps of your career? yes. better employability for work related in any way with technological/computing matters. How might the program be strengthened? Possibly some guest speeches by professors who work in areas related to course curricula. some more interdisciplinary "exchange." Any other reflections? Please pat Alan Howard on the back for a great job done.