MEMBER SURVEY IN PROGRESS
[Note: This article was omitted from the April newsletter, due to
- Ken Lyons
Making use of our WWW home page (see related article),
we are carrying out an electronic survey of our members.
Although one goal of this is survey members opinions about
forum activities, it goes considerably beyond that. In fact,
it is the first step in implementing a national precollege
mentoring database. According each member's survey response
record is available for updating at any time, via the homepage.
To access the survey,
you can use lynx or mosaic (any browser with
HTML forms capability), and access the URL http://www.att.com/APS/.
The process is simple and takes only a few minutes.
At this writing, a few weeks into the survey, only a small percentage
of our membership has taken part. We urge all members to do so
as soon as possible. The results to this point, though, do reveal
Fully one quarter of the
respondents are AAPT members, and
we find that 70% of the respondents
favor implementation of forum dues,
if necessary to maintain our activities.
(There is some news on this subject: see the sidebar on
forum funding.) Not surprisingly, there is more interest
expressed in interaction with high school than with elementary
school, but the difference is not very large (80% against 60%).
Half of the respondents express an interest in the various summer
activities mentioned (hiring an undergraduate or a college faculty member
for a summer research position). Gratifyingly, about 90% of those
expressing an interest in precollege programs are willing to have their
listings appear on the public database. These results are based on a
response from only 4% of our members--so we hope to hear from a lot more
of you soon.