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Alternative administration improves response

The first administration of the Wabash National Study at Oxford College did not go as well as Satu Riutta, Kent Linville, and our other colleagues at Oxford had hoped. About 39% of their entering class completed all of the Wabash materials.

Following the suggestion of an Oxford faculty member, Satu contacted us and asked whether they could approach students who did not participate in the first test sessions, hand out the Registration form, Student Survey, and Student Assessments as a "take home" assignment, and then just ask them come to one 40-minute makeup session to complete the CAAP or DIT-2.

We thought that sounded like a good experiment that would test one way that we could administer part of the study online this spring, so we all agreed to give it a try. Using the partial “take home method” in their makeup sessions upped Oxford’s overall response rate from 39% to 82%.

So, if you are pursuing makeup sessions, please feel free to try this approach. You can contact Satu for more information.

Once again, we appreciate your hard work in implementing the study on campus. We realize that this is a very challenging task, and we also realize that, given the unique structures and student bodies at the institutions in the study, we will see very different response rates across participating institutions. We are not worried about the response rates as much as we are focused on getting a sufficient number of students so that we can use the data in as many ways as possible to help your institution.

CB and KW

Reader Comments (3)

Thanks for your questions about the online possibilities for spring, Allyson. We are working on that, but we do not have all of the logistics figured out. We are collaborating with our partners at ACT and NSSE on this, and are trying to put everything except the CAAP and DIT2 online. We will probably only do this as a pilot--we do not anticipate all schools using the online version. We will be in contact with all of the institutions in January regarding the online version of the study. If you have additional questions in the meantime, please let us know.

Best,Kelly McDorman

December 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKelly McDorman
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