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Frequently Asked Questions: FAQ

Regarding the Project



Question: I have no idea what this project is about. I have never heard anything about this project.

Answer: As a first-time freshman you were randomly selected to participate in this important university intensive study of the impact of liberal arts education on students. Participants will be given $50 each time you complete one of the three quantitative assessments.

The purpose of this research project is to study a variety of college conditions and experiences related to liberal arts education. This study will be examining outcomes such as leadership, well-being, problem solving, multiculturalism, integrated learning, and moral character. This study is being jointly administered by the Center of Inquiry in the Liberal Arts at Wabash College, the University of Michigan, and the University of Iowa.

Question: When will I be paid?

Answer: A check for $50 will be mailed to you approximately four weeks after you complete a quantitative assessment. In order to receive your pay, you will be asked to complete a W-9 (or if applicable, an International Student Information Form) and provide a current address during the assessment session on your campus in early April 2010. ACT is required to collect the complete W-9 form for federal reporting purposes. The International Student Information Form is required and will be provided for international students.


Regarding the Privacy and Results



Question: Do you use my work to show others?

Answer: No. No identifiable information will be shared, even with the researchers, the data sent to the researchers will have all identifying information (such as name or id number) removed. ACT will hold your personal information in the strictest confidence.

Question: Will the test results reflect on my student records?

Answer: No. Your decision to participate or not will have no effect on your status at San Jose State University. Your responses will not be linked to you, nor connected with any of your records at San Jose State University.

Question: Will my progress be tracked after this testing?

Answer:

Upon the condition that the student agrees to participate, study participants will be contacted following graduation to respond to a variety of questions concerning their experiences after college.



Regarding Student Obigations



Question: Will I be obligated to any tasks in the future?

Answer: You can refuse to participate, or stop participating in this study at any time for any reason. This is a longitudinal project designed to measure your progress throughout the entire study therefore we encourage you complete the study in its entirety.

Question: How much does it cost?

Answer: Participation in this project is of no charge. In fact, we pay you to join the study.

Question: Can we see our results?

Answer: Quantitative assessment results will not be distributed. However, you may view the overall national findings at http://www.liberalarts.wabash.edu/study-research/.

Question: How much will this take of my time?/How long is the assessment?

Answer: A two-hour block of time is set aside for each session. The first survey of each session will be timed, but after that you will be able to work at your own pace (10-15 minutes of the first session will be for registration, which includes giving consent to participate.

Question: What time is the assessment?

Answer: Your specific assessment time will be set up between you and the SJSU Coordinator. If you have not reserved your time yet, please do so immediately by contacting the Gabriela Garcia at 408-924-2764 or Gabriela.Garcia@sjsu.edu.

Question: Is this a test/exam?

Answer: This is neither a test nor an exam. These assessments are simply surveys designed to collect your impressions, opinions, and perceptions of your college experiences.

Question: What will be on this test?

Answer: This is not a test. These surveys may ask you questions such as your opinion on the importance of certain characteristics of a candidate running for President of the United States. You may even be asked about Euthanasia. We cannot tell you what will be on these surveys, but they are simple questions that just require your honest feedback.

Question: Is the assessment timed?

Answer: A two-hour block of time is set aside for the session. The first survey of the session will be timed, but after that you will be able to work at your own pace.

Question: Is this a mandatory event?

Answer: No. Participation is entirely voluntary and you may withdraw at any time without penalty. If you have any questions before or during the project, you may contact the Office of Institutional Effectiveness & Analytics at 408-924-1520 or institutional-effectiveness@sjsu.edu.

Question: How many events must I participate in? / Am I required to attend all of these events?

Answer:

As a participant you are required to do two things in order to get your $50 monetary incentive.

  1. First, contact the Office of Institutional Effectiveness & Analytics at 408-924-1520 or institutional-effectiveness@sjsu.edu to schedule your assessment session. At the session all participating students must complete the registration form. The estimated time to complete the registration form will be 10-15 minutes.
  2. Attend your assigned assessment session on your campus, at which time you will complete several assessments in about 120 minutes. These are not tests of academic achievement; they include measures of critical thinking, leadership, well-being, attitudes, college experiences, and similar measures. Students may skip any questions that ask information they do not wish to provide. Including registration forms, the estimated time to complete each session is 120 minutes. At this session, students will also complete a W-9 form (or International Student Information Form) required for federal income reporting purposes.


Regarding Eligibility



Question: I would like to participate but I have not been selected. Am I still eligible?

Answer: No. This study is a longitudinal study which started in Fall 2006. The sample can not be modified.

Question: My friend is participating in the assessment and I want to participate to. Am I eligible?

Answer: No. This study is a longitudinal study which started in Fall 2006. The sample can not be modified.

Question: Can I invite one of my friends to participate in the assessment?

Answer: No. This study is a longitudinal study which started in Fall 2006. The sample can not be modified.

Question: Where does the assessment take place?

Answer: In late March 2010, you will receive a notification in the mail regarding where and when assessments are going to take place.

Question: What time does it start and end?

Answer: In late March 2010, you will receive a notification in the mail regarding where and when assessments are going to take place. Sessions are between 90 - 120 minutes. You are free to leave upon completion of all the assessments. Select the session that works best for you and contact Gabriela Garcia to RSVP for the session. Spaces are limited per session. To RSVP, please contact Gabriela Garcia at 408-924-2764 or Gabriela.Garcia@sjsu.edu.

Question: How are the students selected as participants?

Answer: San Jose State University has randomly selected a group of students of first-time Fall 2006 entering freshman to participate in this study.

Question: Why is SJSU taking this initiative?

Answer:

The purpose of the Wabash National Study of Liberal Arts Education is to examine the impact of a liberal arts education on students at a wide range of institutions. The study is designed to assess the impact of teaching practices and institutional conditions on the following outcomes:

  1. The inclination to inquire and life-long learning
  2. Leadership
  3. Well-being
  4. Moral reasoning and character
  5. The integration of learning
  6. Effective reasoning and problem solving
  7. Intercultural effectiveness


Regarding Time



Question: The assessment doesn’t meet my schedule. None of the dates offered match my schedule.

Answer: If you are unable to attend any of the assessment dates provided by your On-Campus Coordinator, we unfortunately regret that you may not be able to participate in this study.

Question: I will not be able to attend the assessment I was assigned to attend for whatever reasons.

Answer: If you are unable to attend the assessment time you originally signed up for, it is possible that there are other available assessment times during that week. Ask your On-Campus Coordinator for a list of those times. If you still are unable to attend any of those assessment times, we unfortunately regret that you may not be able to participate in this study.

Question: Can I change my assessment date to a different date/time?

Answer: Yes. If you are unable to attend the assessment time you may contact your On-Campus Coordinator for a list of alternative times. If you still are unable to attend any of those assessment times, we unfortunately regret that you may not be able to participate in this study.

For more information, please contact the Office of Institutional Effectiveness & Analytics at 408-924-1520 or institutional-effectiveness@sjsu.edu.