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Please complete this survey on your browser:  It takes about 15 minutes. Just answer the questions by clicking in the appropriate boxes, or typing in the appropriate blanks. Then click on the button at the end of the form to send it electronically.

You may also complete a paper copy of the form (first download it and print it out), and send it to Dr. Richard Pitt -- fax: 615-322-7505; mail: Vanderbilt University, Department of Sociology, VU Station B351811, Nashville, TN 37235.


Field of the Major: Health Professions and Related Sciences

Name of the Major:

Note: So that your responses can be compared with those of others, please choose one of the majors on the list above, or go to another broad area and choose from the majors listed there. If you can't find the name of the major on any of the lists, choose "Other Major in this Field" above and enter the name in the field below:

Specialization (if any):



I. SKILLS/DEMANDS OF THE MAJOR

Use this rating scale to describe the skills/demands of the major you selected above.

 

1 = This skill/demand is of little or no importance for successful completion of the major.
2 = This skill/demand is somewhat important for successful completion of the major, but students who do not excel at it would be fine in this major.
3 = This is an important skill/demand for successful completion of the major, but students who do not excel at it might still consider this major.
4 = This skill/demand is very important for successful completion of the major, and students who do not excel at it will struggle in this major.

3 = This skill/demand is so important that students must excel at this skill in order to consider the major.

 
A. Academic/Learned

Not Important

Somewhat Important

Important

Very Important

Extremely Important

In what percentage of this major's courses is this skill

taught or tested?

1. writing
   a. descriptive expository

1

2

3

4

5

<25%     25-50%     50-75%     >75%

   b. critical analysis

1

2

3

4

5

<25%     25-50%     50-75%     >75%

   c. creative

1

2

3

4

5

<25%     25-50%     50-75%     >75%

2. oral communication
   a. descriptive

1

2

3

4

5

<25%     25-50%     50-75%     >75%

   b. explanatory

1

2

3

4

5

<25%     25-50%     50-75%     >75%

   c. critical

1

2

3

4

5

<25%     25-50%     50-75%     >75%

3. mathematics/quantitative reasoning
   a. computational

1

2

3

4

5

<25%     25-50%     50-75%     >75%

   b. applied

1

2

3

4

5

<25%     25-50%     50-75%     >75%

   c. theoretical

1

2

3

4

5

<25%     25-50%     50-75%     >75%

4. reading
   a. for extracting detail

1

2

3

4

5

<25%     25-50%     50-75%     >75%

   b. critical

1

2

3

4

5

<25%     25-50%     50-75%     >75%

5. organizing
   a. data

1

2

3

4

5

<25%     25-50%     50-75%     >75%

   b. people

1

2

3

4

5

<25%     25-50%     50-75%     >75%

   c. things/objects/materials

1

2

3

4

5

<25%     25-50%     50-75%     >75%

   d. ideas

1

2

3

4

5

<25%     25-50%     50-75%     >75%

6. illustrating
   a. sketching

1

2

3

4

5

<25%     25-50%     50-75%     >75%

   b. representing ideas schematically

1

2

3

4

5

<25%     25-50%     50-75%     >75%

7. assessing, judging, and evaluating
   a. objects or services

1

2

3

4

5

<25%     25-50%     50-75%     >75%

   b. people

1

2

3

4

5

<25%     25-50%     50-75%     >75%

8. doing research
   a. reviewing work of others

1

2

3

4

5

<25%     25-50%     50-75%     >75%

   b. conducting your own research

1

2

3

4

5

<25%     25-50%     50-75%     >75%

9. (other) 

1

2

3

4

5

<25%     25-50%     50-75%     >75%

 
B. Interpersonal

Not Important

Somewhat Important

Important

Very Important

Extremely Important

In what percentage of this major's courses is this skill

taught or tested?

1. teamwork

1

2

3

4

5

<25%     25-50%     50-75%     >75%

2. negotiating

1

2

3

4

5

<25%     25-50%     50-75%     >75%

3. influencing

1

2

3

4

5

<25%     25-50%     50-75%     >75%

4. leadership

1

2

3

4

5

<25%     25-50%     50-75%     >75%

5. sensitivity to diverse peoples

1

2

3

4

5

<25%     25-50%     50-75%     >75%

6. sensitivity to diverse ideas

1

2

3

4

5

<25%     25-50%     50-75%     >75%

7. sensitivity to people's feelings

1

2

3

4

5

<25%     25-50%     50-75%     >75%

8. active listening

1

2

3

4

5

<25%     25-50%     50-75%     >75%

9. socially appropriate communication

1

2

3

4

5

<25%     25-50%     50-75%     >75%

10. (other) 

1

2

3

4

5

<25%     25-50%     50-75%     >75%

 
C. Aptitude/Talent

Not Important

Somewhat Important

Important

Very Important

Extremely Important

In what percentage of this major's courses is this skill

taught or tested?

1. artistic/musical

1

2

3

4

5

<25%     25-50%     50-75%     >75%

2. manual dexterity

1

2

3

4

5

<25%     25-50%     50-75%     >75%

3. mechanical
   a. facility with machines

1

2

3

4

5

<25%     25-50%     50-75%     >75%

   b. mechanical reasoning

1

2

3

4

5

<25%     25-50%     50-75%     >75%

4. physical stamina/endurance

1

2

3

4

5

<25%     25-50%     50-75%     >75%

5. learning foreign languages

1

2

3

4

5

<25%     25-50%     50-75%     >75%

6. synthesizing/conceptualizing

1

2

3

4

5

<25%     25-50%     50-75%     >75%

7. visualizing objects in 3 dimensions

1

2

3

4

5

<25%     25-50%     50-75%     >75%

8. memorizing

1

2

3

4

5

<25%     25-50%     50-75%     >75%

9. designing/creating

1

2

3

4

5

<25%     25-50%     50-75%     >75%

10. (other) 

1

2

3

4

5

<25%     25-50%     50-75%     >75%

 
D. Temperaments/Behaviors

Not Important

Somewhat Important

Important

Very Important

Extremely Important

In what percentage of this major's courses is this skill

taught or tested?

1. initiating/self-starting

1

2

3

4

5

<25%     25-50%     50-75%     >75%

2. flexibility/adaptability to change

1

2

3

4

5

<25%     25-50%     50-75%     >75%

3. tolerance for ambiguity

1

2

3

4

5

<25%     25-50%     50-75%     >75%

4. patience

1

2

3

4

5

<25%     25-50%     50-75%     >75%

5. nurturing

1

2

3

4

5

<25%     25-50%     50-75%     >75%

6. independence

1

2

3

4

5

<25%     25-50%     50-75%     >75%

7. detail oriented

1

2

3

4

5

<25%     25-50%     50-75%     >75%

8. working under pressure

1

2

3

4

5

<25%     25-50%     50-75%     >75%

9. willingness to read a lot

1

2

3

4

5

<25%     25-50%     50-75%     >75%

10. willingness to write a lot

1

2

3

4

5

<25%     25-50%     50-75%     >75%

11. (other) 

1

2

3

4

5

<25%     25-50%     50-75%     >75%


II. PREFERENCES RELEVANT TO THE MAJOR

A. Settings : Ask yourself, "In this major, in how many major courses would students spend some time in this setting?"

 

In None Of
This Major's Courses

In Less Than Half Of
This Major's Courses

In About Half Of
This Major's Courses

In More Than Half Of
This Major's Courses

In All Of
This Major's Courses

1. classroom/lecture hall

1

2

3

4

5

2. laboratory (science/language/computer)

1

2

3

4

5

3. library

1

2

3

4

5

4. at a computer

1

2

3

4

5

5. nature/environment

1

2

3

4

5

6. elementary/secondary school

1

2

3

4

5

7. other cultures

1

2

3

4

5

8. stage

1

2

3

4

5

9. studio

1

2

3

4

5

10. health care facility

1

2

3

4

5

11. business/agency/organization

1

2

3

4

5

12. (other) 

1

2

3

4

5

B. Learning Interests : Ask yourself, "In this major, do students get opportunities to pursue this interest?"

 

In None Of
This Major's Courses

In Less Than Half Of
This Major's Courses

In About Half Of
This Major's Courses

In More Than Half Of
This Major's Courses

In All Of
This Major's Courses

1. human behavior

1

2

3

4

5

2. how things (mechanical, etc.) work

1

2

3

4

5

3. nature/environment

1

2

3

4

5

4. organizations (business or other)

1

2

3

4

5

5. scholarly  ideas and perspectives

1

2

3

4

5

6. aesthetics and design

1

2

3

4

5

7. (other) 

1

2

3

4

5

C. Styles of Learning : Ask yourself, "In this major, how much learning do students do using this style?"

 

In None Of
This Major's Courses

In Less Than Half Of
This Major's Courses

In About Half Of
This Major's Courses

In More Than Half Of
This Major's Courses

In All Of
This Major's Courses

1. learning by seeing/watching

1

2

3

4

5

2. learning by reading

1

2

3

4

5

3. learning by working with hands/equipment

1

2

3

4

5

4. learning by listening/hearing

1

2

3

4

5

5. learning by working alone

1

2

3

4

5

6. learning by working in a group

1

2

3

4

5

7. learning by specific examples

1

2

3

4

5

8. learning by reasoning/abstract principles

1

2

3

4

5

9. learning by using technology 
(e.g., computer-based, video, or distance learning)

1

2

3

4

5

10. (other) 

1

2

3

4

5


III. FIELD OF STUDY FOR THE MAJOR

Click on a box to indicate the field where the major belongs (for some majors more than one may be needed). Indicate where the major belongs ideally, not how it is classified at your college.

 

A. Agriculture I. Health Sciences & Services
B. Architecture & Design J. Humanities
C. Arts K. Law & Legal Studies
D. Business & Public Administration L. Life Sciences
E. Communications M. Mathematics & Computer Science
F. Education N. Physical & Earth Sciences
G. Engineering O. Social & Behavioral Sciences
H. Family & Consumer Studies P. Other 


IV. EMPLOYMENT

Make a check mark to indicate the job grouping(s) where the majority of students find employment. Feel free to check more than one, but check no more than three.

 

A. Arts H. Farming O. Sales/Marketing
B. Biological Scientists I. Health Occupations P. Service Occupations
C. Clerical/Administrative Support J. Law Q. Social Scientist
D. Religion K. Librarians/Curators R. Social Worker
E. Computer Science L. Management S. Elementary/Secondary Education
F. Counseling M. Actuary/Statisticians T. Post-Secondary Education
G. Engineering N. Physical Scientists U. Trades/Maintenance


V. YOUR PERSPECTIVE ON THE MAJOR

1. In answering questions about this major, were you thinking about the major as it is experienced at your campus, or elsewhere? (Click on one or both.)

At my campus Elsewhere

2. How would you describe the major as it is experienced at your campus?
Fairly typical Different in a few ways from most other campuses
Very different from most other campuses I'm not sure whether it is typical or differs

3. Your Initials:* 

4. Your Institution:* 

5. Your Position (click on one or more):
Academic advisor for students in the major Faculty member teaching in the major Administrator (e.g., dean, chair of dept)
Student other

6. What degrees (if any) do you hold in this major?
None Associates Bachelors
Masters Doctoral Professional

*Required information to be used to create anonymous identifiers

Thank you very much for your help!

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