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Opportunity for Action
In conjunction with recent national awareness of LGBT rights and an increased prevalence of sexual assault on
campus, it is paramount that students graduating from Boise State University enter the workforce with adequate
knowledge of sexual assault prevention methods, education about gender topics such as the gender/sex
difference, tolerance, and womens rights issues. Without this particular kind of education, Boise State
University risks leaving students with a full education.

In striving to determine the need for such a program at Boise State University, four distinct research tasks were
completed. Thirteen peer universities were contacted to investigate the presence of mandated gender studies
requirements on their campuses. Out of the universities contact, two replies were received. Additionally, a
survey was issued to faculty across Boise State Campus to gauge the faculty attitudes towards a proposed
mandating of gender studies requirements. A similar survey was issued to students of Boise State University as
well. Furthermore, research was completed to explore the current university learning objectives focusing on
gender education for undergraduate students at Boise State University.

Major Results
After contacting peer universities, it was found that out of the thirteen universities, only San Francisco
University required any gender studies education for their undergraduate students. After surveying the faculty,
the results were inconclusive. Analysis of data showed no major pattern of belief among faculty that a gender
studies requirement would be necessary on campus. Results from the student survey indicated that 2/3 of
surveyed individuals did not experience any sexual assault prevention education while 72% were only slightly
aware or not at all aware of education covering sex/gender differences on campus. However, the results
ultimately showed that students felt that the requirement would be unfair and was not needed. According to Dr.
Orr, chair of Sociology at Boise State University, students are exposed to minor gender education in the
required sociology course, which exposes them to important issues addressed in this proposal. However, there is
not a mandated requirement specifically for gender education currently at Boise State University.

As per the conducted research, it appears that there are few universities with such programs in place and that the
issue is contentious among students and faculty. While 50% of disagree that students do not graduated with
adequate gender studies education, 50% are neutral concerning the question of need for such a mandated
program. After investigation into the learning objectives for undergraduates at Boise State University, it is
evident that none of these requirements focus on anything gender related. There is clearly a lack of gender
education on campus, however support is marginal and both students and faculty seem weary to encourage a
mandated requirement.


Based on the findings from the completed four research tasks, no concrete recommendation for a
mandated gender studies requirement for all Boise State University undergraduates can be made at this
time. The results from both the student and faculty surveys provided inconclusive data, as well as the
investigation into peer universities. At this time, more primary research including larger sample sizes,
more in-depth information about other universities, and additional faculty feedback is required.