Profiles of Undergraduate Programs in Psychology

Introduction

Michael Stoloff and Nicole Sanders
James Madison University

Maureen McCarthy
American Psychological Association

Introduction

Over the course of 2 years (2003-2005), undergraduate departments of psychology were invited to participate in a survey* designed to derive information that is specific to programs of undergraduate psychology. Invitations were mailed to all programs registered with the APA Office of Research. Although the number of programs did change during the mailing cycle, 1,098 two-year programs, 1,149 four-year programs, and 435 undergraduate programs with graduate programs were surveyed. Responses to specific items were further delineated by undergraduate programs situated within doctoral and masters level programs.

Overall response rate was 17 percent with a total of 463 schools submitting usable responses. Departments with graduate programs in psychology replied at a much higher rate (48 percent). Departments without graduate programs (15 percent) and two-year programs (7 percent) resulted in a much lower rate of return. Overall response rate for 4-year programs reached an acceptable level of 24 percent. Response rate for community colleges was low and these results may not be generalizable.

*Items were derived bycompiling requests from teachers and departments of undergraduate psychology. Items were also reviewed by members of the Society for Teaching of Psychology (Division 2).

 

Type

Number Sent

Number Received

Response Rate

Doctoral

 

114

 

Masters

 

97

 

(Comprehensive: Doctoral + Masters)

435

211

48%

Bachelors Programs

1149

171

15%

Community Colleges

1098

77

7%

Other

 

4

 

Total

2682

463

17%