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Yeah for Norman-he is not being cynical, but correct in his comments.  Too many
"research" results from colleges and universities are not designed properly and
we blindly follow what we read.  Keep us on the straight and narrow, Norman.
Helen Sabin
El Camino College

Norman Stahl wrote:

> There is one point I'd like to make about volunteer programs whether they
> be FYE courses, study strategy courses, speed reading workshops, etc.  When
> you crank out the evalaution data--please do not try to compare the
> volunteers to the regular university population or a non-volunteer group on
> any measure.  There is likely to be an effect based on the volunteerism.
> It will probably make your endeavor look positive, but the practice is not
> appropriate.  The misuse of this flawed design was rampant in the FYE
> literature and presentations at one point.  There are a few higher
> education administrators that understand design issues (although not as
> many as one would think---sorry I'm a bit on the cynical side today.)
>
> Norman A. Stahl
> Professor and Chair
> Literacy Education
> GH 223
> Northern Illinois University
> DeKalb, IL 60115
>
> Phone: (815) 753-9032
> FAX:   (815) 753-8563
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