l In February 2003, Society presidents endorsed a research project that would, for the first time, survey all IEEE Societies. This project was named, “IEEE All Society Research Project.” l The project was coordinated by Elena Gerstmann, Director, IEEE Research. l Each Society appointed a point of contact (poc) to work on this project. l The Socpoc team, via email, oversaw the processes. This team included one person from each Society, a staff member from RAD, a staff member from TAD, and the two-person IEEE Research staff.
Goals l The goals of this project were to provide each Society with membership information in order to: l Plan for the future l Measure membership satisfaction with each Society and IEEE l Develop strategies for membership growth & retention l Assess the value and importance of existing programs and services (publications, conferences, websites, etc.) and of membership, in general l Highlight “hot” content areas l Determine membership demographics (employment status, industry, years of professional experience, etc.)
Methodology - Questionnaire l Questionnaire development l The Socpoc team came to a consensus on the format and wording of a template questionnaire. l This template questionnaire provided a framework for each Society’s questionnaire. l The template contained both standard questions that were the same for all Societies and questions that could be customized by each Society. l Each Society representative customized the questionnaire for his or her Society.
Methodology – Sample l Sample l The population of members that could have been selected for participation were Higher grade Society members (Associates, Fellows, Members, Senior Members; no Life members or Students) with an email address on file (approximately 88% of IEEE members have an email address on file) l 1,200 members were randomly selected per Society l A sampling plan was developed that assured that each member would only receive one questionnaire regardless of how many Society memberships she or he holds. l Comparisons between the randomly drawn sample and the Society populations were made to ensure representative samples
Methodology – Data Collection l Data collection began in early June 2003 1) Society Presidents had an option of sending an email message to the sample informing them of the survey 2) Elena Gerstmann, Director, IEEE Research, sent an email invitation to each sample explaining the project along with the URL to the Society’s web survey 3) Approximately 14 days after the initial email message was sent, a reminder email was sent. This message thanked those who had already completed the survey and encouraged those who hadn’t completed it to do so. l An additional sample of 1,800 IEEE non-Society members received a similar survey
Response Rate for IEEE Education Society l A total of 436 IEEE Education Society members responded to the questionnaire l Estimating that 1,100 email invitations were delivered, the response rate was 40% l Assuming these responses constitute a representative sample because the sample was randomly drawn and was representative of the population of IEEE Education Society members with email addresses l the margin-of-error is within ±4.3% with a 95% degree of confidence
Please select the main reasons why you maintain membership in the IEEE Education Society. (Select up to three that apply.)
ChoiceCountPercent of Sample To obtain technical information and resources23954.8% To meet and interact with others who share my professional interests (networking) 11827.1% To obtain IEEE Education Society publications (paper and/or electronic) 30269.3% To serve as a volunteer (for example, write or review articles, speak at conferences or serve on committees) 5312.2% To contribute to my profession11125.5% To keep myself informed of the advancements in my field27462.8% To attend local chapter activities61.4% To get access to continuing education opportunities306.9% Other, please specify204.6%
Please indicate how well you feel IEEE Education Society is providing opportunities and services in each of these areas. (Select one for each item.)
TopicVery well 1 234Very poorly 5 Not aware/ No opinion Technical information and resources841879823335 Opportunities to meet and interact with others who share my professional interests (networking) 32901074821126 IEEE Education Society publications (paper and/or electronic) 1501737615210 Opportunities to volunteer (for example, write or review articles, speak at conferences or serve on committees) 3571905017159 Ability to contribute to my profession5315312031563 Informed of the advancements in my field811789240633 Local chapter activities920555670209 Continuing education opportunities15571015421175
Overall, how satisfied are you with your IEEE Education Society and IEEE memberships? (Choose one for each item.)
How often do you visit the following websites? (Choose one for each item.)
Topic11+ times a month 4 to 10 times a month 1 to 3 times a month Less than once a month Aware of, but never visited Not aware IEEE Web site2260155174211 IEEE Education Society Web site 697115610286 IEEE Xplore®366364966887 Other professional associations' Web sites 25711181503432 General search engines (for example, Google, Yahoo, etc.) 3315719 51
How much do you agree or disagree with the following statements? (Choose one for each item.)
TopicCompletely agree 1 234Completely disagree 5 No opinion My employer provides adequate training to maintain my skills in my professional field. 3784901038831 The IEEE Education Society provides adequate products and services to maintain my skills in my professional field. 22100177691846 I have access to enough information to maintain my skills in my professional field from sources other than my employer and IEEE Education Society. 6217113143915 IEEE Education Society should offer more educational opportunities via the Internet. 1121348332865 IEEE Education Society should offer more educational opportunities via CD-ROM/DVD. 10211387481863
Number of Conferences Attended l How many technical conferences, meetings, or workshops do you attend in a typical two-year period? Mean=4.10; Median=3; Mode=2; Range = 0 to 24 l If you attend conferences in a typical two-year period, please indicate their sponsorship. l Sponsored or cosponsored by Education Society Mean=.48; Median=0; Mode=0; Range = 0 to 8 l Sponsored or cosponsored by another IEEE Society (not Education Society) Mean=1.50; Median=1; Mode=0; Range = 0 to 10 l Not sponsored or cosponsored by IEEE or an IEEE Society Mean=2.41; Median=2; Mode=1; Range = 0 to 17 l Conferences that I am unsure who sponsors Mean=.44; Median=0; Mode=0; Range = 0 to 8
Please indicate how useful the Frontiers in Education (FIE) Conference is to you? (Choose one for each item.)
TopicExtremely useful 1 234Not at all useful 5 I am familiar but cannot rate it I am NOT familiar with this conference Frontiers in Education (FIE) Conference 37493310 81207
Below are major publications sponsored or co-sponsored by IEEE or IEEE Education Society. How useful are these to you? (Choose one for each item.)
TopicExtremely useful 1 234Not at all useful 5 I am familiar but cannot rate it I am NOT familiar with this publication IEEE Spectrum99190107241040 The Institute237716093281633 The Interface1651107551134137 IEEE Transactions on Education 8519990306912 Frontiers in Education (FIE) Conference Proceedings 26554715662219
Have you read the following publications in the last two years? (Choose one for each item.)
TopicYes, I have readNo, I have not read IEEE Spectrum42212 The Institute34885 The Interface210219
Have you read IEEE Transactions on Education in the last two years?
ChoiceCountPercentage Answered Yes, I have read39991.7% No, I have not read368.3%
Please indicate your level of satisfaction with the following elements of the IEEE Transactions on Education. (Choose one for each item.) (Only asked of those who indicated they read this publication.)
TopicHighly satisfied 1 234Highly dissatisfied 5 No opinion Relevance of content to my professional needs 631781162839 Level of content642021012116 Quality of articles77202862227 Timeliness of content4217211126244 Breadth of topics covered5318110536517 Authors of the articles441638210094 Quality of design and layout721978817116
Have you read Frontiers in Education (FIE) Conference Proceedings in the last two years?
ChoiceCountPercentage Answered Yes, I have read8920.5% No, I have not read34679.5%
Please indicate your level of satisfaction with the following elements of the Frontiers in Education (FIE) Conference Proceedings. (Choose one for each item.) (Only asked of those who indicated they read this publication.)
TopicHighly satisfied 1 234Highly dissatisfied 5 No opinion Relevance of content to my professional needs 243619602 Level of content203326502 Quality of articles22 32802 Timeliness of content193921205 Breadth of topics covered263418405 Authors of the articles1637151018 Quality of design and layout243122307
Indicate the amount of content coverage in the following areas you would like to see in IEEE Education Society publications, conferences, products and services. (Choose one for each item.)
TopicMuch more content More content Same amount receiving now Less content No content No opinion Computer Science and Engineering Education6612815114251 Communication Systems Engineering Education3111116228375 Controls, Robotics, and Manufacturing Systems Engineering 278316243388 Digital Signal and Image Processing Engineering Education 428917628173 Digital Systems Engineering Education309117723372 Curriculum and Teaching Pedagogy1281657217236 Electromagnetics Education416715669874 Linear Systems and Circuit Design Education258117554671 Optics and Photonics Systems Engineering Education236115660994 Power Systems and Apparatus Education2748154821388 Telecommunication Engineering Education4010416328471 Distance and Asynchronous Learning Education and Integrated Circuit and MEMS Education 7312410334377 Analog Systems Education256916859581 Electronics Education4110216238468 Nanotechnology Education419913841887
Have you participated in a local chapter of the IEEE Education Society in the past two years?
ChoiceCountPercentage Answered Yes214.8% No, there is no local chapter.14232.8% No, and I do not know if there is a local chapter 21649.9% No, I know a local chapter exists, but I do not attend 5412.5%
Before you read the above, how familiar were you with the different ways to volunteer for IEEE Education Society? (Please check one.) Volunteers lead the IEEE Education Society at many levels and in many ways - including, among others, · Top-level leadership on the Executive Committee of the Society · Serving on local committees (for example, Chapter officers) · Serving on international committees · Editing or reviewing articles · Participating in standards development or balloting · Organizing conferences
Before you read the above, how familiar were you with the different ways to volunteer for IEEE Education Society? (Please check one.) ChoiceCountPercentage Answered Very familiar5713.2% Somewhat familiar13531.3% Somewhat not familiar7517.4% Not at all familiar16538.2%
Do you currently volunteer for IEEE Education Society?
ChoiceCountPercentage Answered Yes, I currently serve as a volunteer429.7% No, but I have in the past399.0% No, I have not served as a volunteer35181.3%
Overall, how satisfied are you with your current volunteer activities? (Asked only of those who indicated they currently volunteer.)
ChoiceCountPercentage Answered 30 or under133.0% 31 to 408319.2% 41 to 5014633.7% 51 to 6012528.9% 61 to 706114.1% Over 7030.7% Decline to answer20.5%
Identify the highest educational degree you hold. (Choose one.)
ChoiceCountPercentage Answered Some college10.2% Vocational/technical degree/certification (less than a baccalaureate degree) 20.5% Baccalaureate or equivalent225.1% Masters/graduate/professional degree10925.2% Doctorate or equivalent28465.7% Other, please specify143.2%
Indicate all of the fields in which you hold a degree. (Choose all that apply.)
ChoiceCountPercent of Sample Electrical or electronics engineering33977.8% Mechanical engineering133.0% Materials science/engineering40.9% Computer science/engineering7517.2% Mathematics245.5% Physics4911.2% Industrial engineering143.2% Systems engineering245.5% Business or Finance153.4% Medicine10.2% Other, please specify6715.4%
Identify the category that best describes your current employer type. (Choose one.)
ChoiceCountPercentage Answered Regions 1 to 6 (United States)18342.5% Region 7 (Canada)184.2% Region 8 (Europe, Middle East, Africa)12929.9% Region 9 (Latin America)4310.0% Region 10 (Asia and Pacific)5813.5%
Including your membership in IEEE Education Society, how many IEEE Societies do you currently belong to?
ChoiceCountPercentage Answered 1, just IEEE Education Society5713.3% 215335.6% 313130.5% 46014.0% 5 or more296.7%
Do you consider IEEE Education Society to be your primary IEEE Society? (Asked only of those who indicated they belonged to more than one IEEE Society.)
ChoiceCountPercentage Answered Yes, IEEE Education Society is my primary Society 7720.5% No, another IEEE Society is my primary Society 29979.5%