ECU PHYSICS Assessment
Survey Results
Original Text of Survey with Results Below.

Survey was adapted from American Institute of Physics Survey by Dr. Karen Williams
who also paid for the FormSite.come services.

Graduate email addresses were emailed a link to survey. 
Survey was anonymous.  Results were not examined per form but collectively.
Emailed to 15 addresses (1 graduate from 2005, others were from 2006-2009).
9 appeared to be good emails, one was found on Facebook, 8 responded with their advisor/employer email address.   We had 10 complete this survey


The ECU Administration requires that the ECU Physics Faculty assess our physics graduates. Dr. Rutledge and Dr. Williams would like you to take a few moments of your time and fill out this online survey. It is used for our assessment of the BS physics degree you earned. We appreciate the time and honesty in completing the survey. This survey is anonymous, so answer freely. Thank you in advance.

* 1. Select the degree you received from ECU.
         7 (70%) 
         1 (10%) 
         2 (20%) 

* For preparing you for a CAREER or GRADUATE SCHOOL, how adequate was the education you received as part of your phyiscs-related BS degree in the area of
  excellent slightly less than excellent about right less than about right terrible not used in your career/grad school
1. Understanding of basic physics principles 60%
0%
30%
10%
0
0
2. Scientific or technical problem solving 60%
20%
10%
10%
0
0
3. Mathematical skills 50%
0%
30%
10%
10%
0
4. Scientific research experience 0%
30%
40%
30%
0
0
5. Computer programming 0%
20%
20%
40%
0
20%
6. Scientific software 20%
10%
20%
30%
0
20%
7. Lab or instrumentation skills 20%
10%
70% 0
0
0
8. Knowledge of physics 40%
20%
40%
0
0
0
9. Writing skills 20%
40%
40%
0
0
0
10. Oral communication skills 30%
20%
50%
0
0
0
11. Collaboration and team work skills 50%
20%
30%
0
0
0


* 13. If you could have had more training or emphasis in your bachelor's program, which TWO areas would have been most helpful to you?

Graduate Responses:

Problem solving Math

An undergraduate course in Fluid Dynamics would have would be helpful in the job field I am currently in. However, I do have a strong mathematics background. I picked up what I needed to know easily. I was a Chemistry minor. My job mainly uses Chemistry. I did not take Physical Chemistry or Instrumental Chemistry. I would recommend these two classes for the laboratory experience gained.

More mathematics! This is where I fall behind the international graduate students. More research! Although I am quite capable in the lab, there is no real research going on at ECU. I am unique among my colleagues in that I did not have a senior thesis as an undergrad.

Quantum mechanics and differential equations.

Speech and/or Public speaking should be a requirement. Though my advisor urged me to take speech, I chose to take a language instead. Now that I am older, I realize importance of public speaking and basic communication skills. Electricity and Magnetism.

1. scientific research experience 2. computer programming

"From the ground up" creation of laboratory and demonstration activities Motivational/Class management skills

Understanding more of the options presented to a graduate of the Medical Physics program i.e. what graduate programs to apply to. Also more instruction on how to apply and what colleges to apply to would be more helpful. Maybe more one-on-one conferences with students and advisors on the degree one is ensuing and it's current, real world applications.

Programming and better understanding of how to aquire parts and peices for experimentation

More electrical/electronics training would have been useful. The one class was great, but a next step would be nice.




* 14. How has your undergraduate education shaped your career or success in graduate school? Describe the ONE or TWO most important influences of your undergraduate education on your career/graduate school.

Graduate Responses
Service Learning helped in TA

Currently I work as a quality control technician in an engineering department. My undergraduate education gave me strong ethics and academic integrity. I absolutely refuse to dry lab data. This quality has gained me respect from third party engineers and reflects well on the company I work for.

1) I am more familiar with computer programming and computer algebra systems than my fellow graduate class. 2) I am most competent in the lab. I adapted quickly to the research group I joined. I have been with the group for 1 1/2 years and I have given four presentations based on my research.

The subjects I learned and the quality at which they were taught have help me to be successful in my area of study.

Physics gives a person a broad working knowledge of all sciences. It inhances situational awareness in that aspect. Aside from the knowledge I gained, the hard work that was required to receive my degree greatly prepared me for my military career.

The exposure to fields where physics concepts are applied, such as touring a medical physics facility, and the opportunity to discuss the nature of the work with former ECU students who were at that time graduate students was a valuable experience.

The problem solving skills I learned in solving physics problems have helped me to help students not feel so overwhelmed in learning physics The organizational skills I observed in my instructors have helped me keep my teaching areas balanced and organized.

It has been difficult to determine which path to take after graduation even with the great job that the professors have done. The thing that I take most from my undergraduate education, besides the pure physics knowledge, is the desire to apply this knowledge to everyday life and to keep learning new things.

I have excellent problem solving skills. the ability to look at complex problems and solve them has served me very well. I was taught how to solve problems in the physics department. My degree and the skills I was taught while in the physics department has served me very well. I have a very successful career. That success is a result of the best teachers any physics department anywhere could possibly assemble.

Understanding basic principles and learning to work through technical challenges in a logical, structured way has been the most helpful think I could have learned for both my career and daily life in general.


* How satisfied are you with the physics-related bachelor's degree program you completed with respect to

  very satisfied somewhat satisfied neither satisfied or dissatisfied somewhat dissatisfied very dissatisfied
15. Curriculum 60%
30%
10%
0
0
16. Teaching in your major 60%
30%
10%
0
0
17. Professors in your major as mentors or role models 80%
10%
10%
0
0
18. Advising in your major 80%
20%
0
0
0
19. Supportiveness of professors in your major 80%
20%
0
0
0
20. Working relationships with the professors in your major 80%
20%
0
0
0
21. Working relationships with the other students in your major 80%
10%
10%
0
0

* The Physics dept. mission statement is to prepare students to enter the work force in a career and to prepare students for graduate school. Overall, did the ECU physics dept. (physics curriculum & faculty)
  Yes No Does not apply
22. Prepare you well for entrance to the work force (career) ? 80%
0
20%
23. Prepare you well for entrance into graduate school ? 70%
0
30%

24. And the last question, when did you graduate with your BS Physics degree?

Before 1998: 
After 1998:   100%

Report Submitted by Dr. Karen Williams 3/21/11




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