Questionaire and Responses

The Questionaire

Dear Alumni,

At the request of Alan Howard, the English Department is reviewing the American Studies M.A. Program to gauge its effectiveness and to determine whether it should be developed further or discontinued. The experiences of those who have gone through the program are pivotal to this appraisal, and we therefore would be grateful for your answers to the questions below. Some of them are phrased to require only a "Yes" or "No" response, but in those cases we ask you to elaborate on your replies.

If you would be willing to talk by phone or communicate further by email should we find that necessary, please let us know (and provide your phone number if appropriate). You are, of course, welcome to contact any of us with your further thoughts.

Your name will not be used publicly in conjunction with any material gathered from the questionnaire, unless you indicate otherwise. If you wish to have other potentially identifying material from the questionnaire similarly restricted to use by the committee, please indicate so.

It would be most helpful if you could send us your responses by Monday, April 26.

Thanks very much for your help.

For the Committee,
David Vander Meulen, Chair
(English, UVa; 804/924�6624;

Peter Baker
(English, UVa; 804/924�6651;

Joseph F. Kett
(History, UVa; 804/924�6968;

Randy Bass
(English, Georgetown; 202/687�4535;


When were you enrolled in the program?

How did you learn of the program?

Why did you enter the program, and did it meet your expectations?

What did you find most valuable about the program?��Was the program different in any significant ways from your earlier education?

Did the program help you develop any of these aspects of your life?
  • Thinking and communicating?
  • Work habits?
  • Research abilities?
  • Technical abilities?
To what extent did your classmates affect your experience in the program?

To what extent did the public venue (the Internet) for much your work affect your experience in the program?

Was the course work appropriate to the goals of the program?

Did you perceive yourself as part of any university department or community larger than the American Studies Program itself?

How well was interdisciplinary study integrated in the program?

Were the following resources (and any other ones) adequate for your work?
  • Libraries?
  • Computers and technical support?
  • Work space?
  • Classes?
  • Faculty?
  • Financial support?
During the program did you have any relevant part-time employment?

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):

Did you find advising and placement support in the program to be adequate?

Has your involvement in the program made a discernible difference in the subsequent steps of your career?

How might the program be strengthened?

Any other reflections?

The Responses

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