Marsha Reardon, Volunteer Coordinator at (217) 353-3302 or mreardon
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Dear Parkland Student: Thank you for agreeing to complete this survey. This survey is being used to gather information for service-learning purposes, and to fulfill Criterion 5 for college accreditation. Participation on any of these questions is voluntary; which means that you do not have to answer any questions if you do not want to. Your responses to the survey will have no effect on any course grade. All responses will be kept anonymous. We are not requesting any identifying information, and the results of this survey will only be presented as a summary of all results. If you have any questions about the survey, or to learn more about the results, you may contact Marsha Reardon, Volunteer Coordinator at (217) 353-3302 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Parkland College Community-Based Learning Student Survey We would like to better understand the impact that community-based learning has on our students. We particularly want to know how this experience has influenced your perspective on learning, your view of service, your choice of career, and your perspectives on working with diverse communities. Please take 5-10 minutes to complete this survey, and return it before you leave today. I. First we would like some information about you. 1. What is your ethnic background? ___Caucasian/White ___ African American ___Asian/Asian American ___ Hispanic ___ Native American ___ Other 2. What is your age group? ___Under 25 ___25-34 ___35-44 ___45-54 ___Over 55 3. What is your gender? ___Male ___Female 4. I have a job that requires ___1-10 hrs/wk ___11-20 hrs/wk ___21-30 hrs/wk me to work… ___31-40 hrs/wk ___41+hrs/wk ___ I do not have a job. 5. Name of the agency/community organization with which you worked with during this class: _________________________________________________________________________________ II. Next we would like to gain your perspective about this course. Please mark your level of agreement with each statement. Strongly Agree Neutral Disagree Strongly Agree Disagree 6. The community participation aspect of this course helped me see how the subject matter I learned can be used in everyday life. 7. The community work I did helped me to better understand the lectures and readings in this course. 8. The idea of combining work in the community with college course work should be practiced in more courses at this college. III. The next set of questions relates to your attitude toward community involvement. Please indicate your level of agreement with each of the following statements. Strongly Agree Neutral Disagree Strongly Agree Disagree 9. I was already volunteering in the community before taking this course. 10. I feel that the community work I did though this course benefitted the community. 11. I was able to work directly with a community partner through this course. 12. I felt a personal responsibility to meet the needs of the community partner of this course. ***PLEASE CONTINUE ON THE NEXT SIDE*** Strongly Agree Neutral Disagree Strongly Agree Disagree 13. I probably won’t volunteer or participate in the community after this course. 14. My interactions with the community partner enhanced my learning in this course. IV. Next we would like to know about the influence of your service on your choice of major and profession. Please indicate your level of agreement with each of these statements. Strongly Agree Neutral Disagree Strongly Agree Disagree 15. Doing work in the community helped me to become aware of my personal strengths and weaknesses. 16. The community work in this course assisted me in clarifying my career plans. 17. The community work I performed in this class enhanced my relationship with the faculty member. 18. The community work involved in this course made me more aware of my own biases and prejudices. 19. The work I performed in the community enhanced my ability to communicate in a “real world” setting. 20. The community aspect of this course helped me to develop my problem-solving skills. V. Finally, we would like some of your personal reflections on this experience. Strongly Agree Neutral Disagree Strongly Agree Disagree 21. The syllabus provided for this course outlined the objectives of the community work in relation to the course objectives. 22. The other students in this class played an important role in my learning. 23. I had the opportunity in this course to periodically discuss my community work and its relationship to the course content. 24. What was your favorite part of your volunteer experience? What was your least favorite part? If you could, what would you change about it? Please leave any additional comments you may have. Thank you for your comments. Please return the completed form to your instructor.