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Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)




Faculty of Science

First Advisor

Edward Bennett

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Thesis Supervisor


This thesis is an outcome evaluation of the Undergraduate component of the School of Human Services (SHS), New Hampshire College (NHC). The SHS is unique in the alternative college movement of the 1960’s and the early 1970’s in the U.S., both for its focus upon social change and for its ability to survive the conservative restoration of the late 1970’s and the 1980’s, that has forced the closure of most of the alternative colleges. This project involved collaboration with the faculty and staff of the SHS to mutually define all stages of the research process, including development, implementation, evaluation, and utilization. The goals of the Undergraduate program were defined through this collaborative process. The achievement of these goals was measured by interviewing seventy randomly selected graduates of the program, utilizing an interview instrument that was developed for this project. Examination of the data included content analysis, paired t-tests, and regression analysis. The results indicate that the SHS is achieving its objectives from the perspective of its graduates. In relation to existing education and evaluation literature, this thesis provides a useful contribution to evaluations of ‘traditional’ programs and to the literature describing alternative colleges. Recommendations for future research include the continuation of the present study by the SHS and exploring the evaluation of ‘process’ issues.

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