CONTACT: MARY GERAGHTY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0011; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Dec. 8, 1999
WHO: University of Iowa students in Arthur Miller's
Public Opinion course
WHAT: Presentation for local media of data collected
in a survey of students' opinions of the quality of UI education
WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 9, 1:10 p.m.
WHERE: S304 Pappajohn Business Administration Building
How do students at the University of Iowa see the
quality of their education today compared with students earlier in the 1990s?
Has that perceived quality increased or decreased and what factors account
for those changes? What do UI students think about the International Writing
Program and the university's handling of that issue? Do students understand
and agree with the university's procedures for the allocation of spending
based on tuition funds?
A group of UI undergraduates who have spent the semester
studying public opinion polling under the direction of Arthur Miller, UI professor
of political science and director of the Iowa Social Science Institute, will
provide answers to these and other related questions based on a survey they
created and carried out.
Miller's classes have been conducting annual student
surveys on varying topics since 1990. Using data collected by students from
Miller's classes in previous years, this year's students will show that student
perceptions of the quality of a UI education have diminished in the 1990s.