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SRI INTERNATIONAL

EVALUATION OF THE
NATIONAL SCIENCE
FOUNDATION’S UNDERGRADUATE
UNDERGRADUATE
FACULTY ENHANCEMENT (UFE)
PROGRAM

Prepared for:

National Science Foundation
Directorate for Education and Human Resources
Division of Research, Evaluation and Communication
4201 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, Virginia 22230

EVALUATION OF THE
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOU NDATION’S
UNDERGRADUATE FACULT Y
ENHANCEMENT (UFE) PR OGRAM
June 2001

Prepared for:
The National Science Foundation
Directorate for Education and Human Resources
Division of Research, Evaluation and Communication
4201 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, Virginia 22230

Prepared by:
SRI International
Higher Education Policy and Evaluation Program

Camille Marder
James McCullough
Steven Perakis
Alphonse Buccino of Contemporary Communications
With the assistance of:
Katherine Baisden and Michael Canavan

CONTENTS
Executive Summary ........................................................................................ ES-1
I. Introduction
Overview of the UFE Program ....................................................................... I-1
What Is Known about Workshops as a Strategy to Improve Undergraduate
Education .................................................................................................. I-2
The UFE Evaluation Design and Methods ..................................................... I-5
Organization of the Report ............................................................................. I-8

II. Description of the Workshops
Awards, Participants, and Funding Levels .................................................... II-1
Workshop Duration and Coverage ................................................................ II-3
Workshop-Related Activities.......................................................................... II-5
Summary........................................................................................................ II-9

III. Qualitative Findings
Selecting Workshops to Visit........................................................................III-1
Workshop Focus ...........................................................................................III-2
Workshop Length and Intensity ....................................................................III-2
Balance of Workshop Activities ....................................................................III-3
Recruitment and Selection Strategies ..........................................................III-4
Participant Demographics ............................................................................III-4
Presenters and Staff.....................................................................................III-5
Follow-up Activities .......................................................................................III-6
Summary.......................................................................................................III-6

IV. Quantitative Findings for Faculty and Institutions
What Faculty Participants Learned ..............................................................IV-1
New or Revised Courses or Programs of Study for Majors Developed by
Participants .............................................................................................IV-4
Participants’ Professional Activities ..............................................................IV-9
Dissemination and Indirect Impacts ...........................................................IV-10
Summary.....................................................................................................IV-12

V. Quantitative Findings for Students
Numbers of Students in Participants’ New and/or Revised Courses ...........V-1
Impact of New and/or Revised Courses on Students ...................................V-3
Summary........................................................................................................V-8

VI. Barriers to and Reasons for Workshops’ Success
Barriers Encountered When Developing Courses or Majors.......................VI-1
Reasons for UFE Workshops’ Success.......................................................VI-1
Summary.......................................................................................................VI-5

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VII. Conclusion………………………………………………..…………..………VII-1
References………………………………………………………………..……R-1
APPENDICES
Appendix A:

Evaluation of the Undergraduate Faculty Enhancement
Program Outcomes and Indicators

Appendix B:

Survey Methodology

Appendix C:

Participant Telephone Survey Instrument

Appendix D:

Names and Affiliations of UFE Evaluation Advisory Panel
Members and Site Visit Content Experts

Appendix E:

Calculations

Appendix F:

Summary Reports of the Eight UFE Workshop Visits

This report is based on work initiated under NSF contract
number 94-52964. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or
recommendations expressed in this report are those of SRI
International. They do not necessarily represent the official
views, opinions, or policy of the National Science Foundation.

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