Accomplishments for final segment of monies for the Ag-Telecommunications Grant
Submitted by Sheran L. Cramer
Goals and Accomplishments:
The goal of the final portion of the Ag Tele-communications grant was to develop a data management system, for on-going use, in assessing and monitoring the Family Financial Planning Mastersí program.† The accomplishments for this portion of the grant included the finalizing and standardizing of three survey instruments to be used at three different points in time.
† The first is an intake survey that is sent out to the students, by their respective institutions, at the time of entry into the program.† This assesses their background, program objectives, certificates and licensures held, and planned means of financing their program.† The second survey, completed at the end of the Capstone course, assesses the studentsí sense of accomplishment and determines feed-back regarding various aspects of the courses, including mastery of content, satisfaction with method of delivery and contribution to their respective professional and personal goals.† This portion of data will be used for on-going program assessment and adaptation.† The final survey, will be sent to the students five years after their completion of the program, to determine 1) the extent to which program participants have achieved their Certified Financial Planner‘ designation, when a desired part of their personal or professional goals, 2) the extent of their satisfaction with the total program and specific aspects of the program such as the practicum, the Capstone course, the course content, instructional quality, advising, student records management, etc.† Ultimately, this survey is intended to determine the extent that the program has prepared them for their professional roles.
††††††††††† The first surveys, the intake survey, were administered to students enrolled in four institutions that had received final approval from their respective Institutional Review Boards.† The data received to date were entered into ACCESS and SPSS with the initial report generated.
Impact:† This data management system will be an important component of the on-going monitoring and assessment of the Family Financial Planning Mastersí program.
††††††††††† Due to the varying time lines in receiving approval from the Institutional Review Boards at each of the institutions, surveys were administered at four of the participating institutions.† Approval is in process for the remaining three institutions.†
Cash outlay included $1181.29 to secure efforts of two graduate students throughout a three-month period.†
The non-cash contribution consisted of the supervisory time of Sheran L. Cramer for the two graduate students during this time span.†