Alumni Survey Results

Kim W. Schaeffer, Ph.D.
Kelsey Clark, B.A.
Lauren Holt, B.A.


Dear Alumni,

On behalf of the Psychology Department I would like to thank all psychology majors who completed the alumni survey. We also appreciated the many notes that you sent to us, the psychology faculty, via the survey. (I plan on responding to as many as possible in the near future. I was hoping to do so sooner but the survey took up much more of my time than originally thought.)

Below are the links that will take you to the findings of the survey. Most, if not all, of you are probably unaware of “The Nichols Matrix” specified on two of the links below. PLNU has decided to use a framework designed by Dr. Jim Nichols as an organizational basis for our accreditation report to WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges). The Matrix is not quite as complicated as it sounds. In the Nichols Matrix system each department is asked to measure three to five outcomes that are of central importance to its mission. The alumni survey was specifically designed to address three of these (graduate school acceptance rate, the influence of the major in preparing for graduate school, and the influence of the major on personal growth/development). The expanded quantitative analyses and the summary of open-ended questions include additional information.

I hope you enjoy perusing the findings. There are many interesting bits of data. Thank you again for completing the survey.


Kim W. Schaeffer, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology




Assessment: Nichol's Matrix

Assessment Findings: Nichol’s Matrix Learning Outcomes 3, 4, & 5

Expanded Quantitative Analyses

Summary of Open-Ended Questions: 2000 - 2006