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CONTACT: MARY GERAGHTY
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Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0011; fax (319) 384-0024
e-mail: mary-geraghty@uiowa.edu

Release: Dec. 8, 1999

Media Advisory

WHO: University of Iowa students in Arthur Miller's Public Opinion course

WHAT: Presentation for local media of data collected in a survey of students' opinions of the quality of UI education

WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 9, 1:10 p.m.

WHERE: S304 Pappajohn Business Administration Building

How do students at the University of Iowa see the quality of their education today compared with students earlier in the 1990s? Has that perceived quality increased or decreased and what factors account for those changes? What do UI students think about the International Writing Program and the university's handling of that issue? Do students understand and agree with the university's procedures for the allocation of spending based on tuition funds?

A group of UI undergraduates who have spent the semester studying public opinion polling under the direction of Arthur Miller, UI professor of political science and director of the Iowa Social Science Institute, will provide answers to these and other related questions based on a survey they created and carried out.

Miller's classes have been conducting annual student surveys on varying topics since 1990. Using data collected by students from Miller's classes in previous years, this year's students will show that student perceptions of the quality of a UI education have diminished in the 1990s.