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Thanks for the feedback Madeline!



Regarding the phrasing, of "liberal arts computing educator/education" I've borrowed this language from the draft committee report for our special session. I believe we have been using this language to be inclusive not just of those at traditional liberal arts institutions but also those who may be doing liberal arts education within a college or sub-unit of a larger non-liberal arts institution. So, we're trying as a committee to focus more on a philosophy of education than the particular label an institution might have.



I like the idea of splitting up those last two questions. I changed the yes/no question to ask about whether they consider themselves "actively involved" and then the second question can ask about their more general relationship (I added a "none" option there as well).



I'm open to asking about institutions, but I'll want to play around in my survey software to see if there's a convenient way to do this to separate out where people have been students versus where they have taught without having to make that question too complicated. Would it seem sufficient to just ask people to optionally list the institutions they have attended or worked at where they have experienced a liberal arts approach to computing education and leave it at that without teasing out the differences?



- Amanda



Dr. Amanda M. Holland-Minkley

Professor, Computing and Information Studies

Washington & Jefferson College



From: Madeline E. Smith [mailto:[log in to unmask]]

Sent: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 8:02 AM

To: Amanda Holland-Minkley <[log in to unmask]>

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Subject: Re: Draft survey on providing voice for liberal arts computing education



Hi Amanda (& everyone else),



The phrasing of "liberal arts computing educator/education" seems potentially confusing. Are we interested in educators/education at liberal arts institutions?



I suggest separating the last two questions. People may not consider themselves to be involved but fit into one of those categories, and that could be useful to know.



We might also add the option to enter the name(s) of institutions when someone checks off a relationship type. Would help us to get more information about the types of institutions that people consider to be liberal arts.



-Madeline



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Madeline E. Smith

Computer Science, Colgate University

www.colgate.edu/mesmith<http://www.colgate.edu/mesmith>







On Tue, Dec 12, 2017 at 10:58 AM, Amanda Holland-Minkley <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote:

Following on Doug's recent distribution of the final document for the SIGCSE 2018 special session, we discussed as a group over the summer that one of the places we could use some more information is about the type of voice a permanent group might provide for liberal arts computing so we can better understand that need.



I've drafted a very short survey that we could send to the sigcse-members list. I thought about the goals of the survey as understanding likely audiences and likely messaging for whatever voice a permanent group might provide. I tried to keep it mostly closed questions to make it easier to complete and easier to analyze.



I've included that text below to get some feedback. Suggestions both about structure and if the set of questions seems complete as well as wording suggestions or additions to the lists of options are all welcome. I'm hoping this is a starting point you can all help improve.



Best,

Amanda





Draft Survey to SIGCSE Mailing List



The SIGCSE Committee on Computing Education in the Liberal Arts has been working to identify any distinctive needs of liberal arts computing educators. We have gathered evidence that the liberal arts computing community would benefit from a permanent group that would support collaboration and information sharing within the community. There is also some evidence that a permanent group could provide a useful voice for liberal arts computing to external audiences. This survey seeks to gather additional information on this need.



What audiences have you most engaged in discussing or advocating for liberal arts computing?

[CHECK ALL THAT APPLY]

__ Current students and their families

__ Prospective students and their families

__ Potential employers of students/graduates

__ Graduate programs

__ Funding agencies

__ Educational policy groups

__ Faculty and staff at your own institution

__ Computer science faculty at other institutions

__ Media

__ Other: _____

__ None



Which audiences would most benefit from having access to an organized voice for liberal arts computing?

[CHECK ALL THAT APPLY]

__ Current students and their families

__ Prospective students and their families

__ Potential employers of students/graduates

__ Graduate programs

__ Funding agencies

__ Educational policy groups

__ Faculty and staff at your own institution

__ Computer science faculty at other institutions

__ Media

__ Other: _____

__ None



Have you personally been asked to or had the opportunity to represent the liberal arts computing perspective within a broader discussion of computing education?

__ Yes

__ No

If no, please describe: _____



What message or perspective do you think most exemplifies the voice of liberal arts computing?

[FREE ENTRY TEXT BOX]



Do you consider yourself to be involved in liberal arts computing education?

__ Yes

__ No



If yes, what is the nature of your relationship to liberal arts computing (select your current primary connection)?

[CHECK ONE]

__ Currently employed in liberal arts computing education

__ Previously employed in liberal arts computing education

__ Graduate of a liberal arts computing program

__ Interested in liberal arts computing education







Dr. Amanda M. Holland-Minkley

Professor, Computing and Information Studies

Washington & Jefferson College




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