We, along with alumni from the Classes of 1971 through 2016, are being asked to participate in a comprehensive survey being conducted by the U.S. Naval Academy. The purpose of the survey is to expand their knowledge of the history of the Naval Academy curriculum over the last 40 years by seeking responses from the transition class of graduates of the Academy’s majors program in 1971 through graduates of the Class of 2016. The survey is designed to capture graduates’ responses to their educational experiences at the Academy from the time they decided to attend USNA through their time at the Academy and on into their Navy or Marine Corps career and subsequent civilian employment.
Survey responses will be linked to official USNA records with the objectives of:
- Examining how the USNA academic program has benefitted the Navy/Marine Corps
- Investigating how the physical mission/athletic program supports the various service assignments
- Quantifying how leadership opportunities at USNA benefit future leadership and promotion (as well as in future civilian positions)
- Determining how well does USNA prepare midshipmen: Morally? Mentally? Physically? For leadership?
What this means is that your inputs will be matched with your USNA academic info using your alpha code; then, your alpha code will be removed from the data so that your inputs will be anonymous.
The answers you provide will also be used to:
- Develop a picture of current class demographics
- Identify/understand value of the USNA experience to one’s military (and civilian) career
- Assist in recruiting, curriculum development and warfare community selection process
- Gain an understanding of reasons for the Academy’s national educational ranking/status
When you open the survey you will first find a “Participant Informed Consent Form” which explains the survey purpose, describes the anticipated benefits of the study, and provides contact information for the professor conducting the study if you have questions you would like to discuss with him. The survey will take about 30-45 minutes to complete. If at any time while taking the survey you decide you do not want to participate, you may stop the survey and your data will not be included.
The surveys can be found at the following links:
For alumni who are currently civilians: https://surveys.max.gov/index.php/289441?lang=en
For alumni who are currently on active duty: https://surveys.max.gov/index.php/514465?lang=en
I hope you will consider completing this survey that potentially could provide the data necessary to improve our Naval Academy and our next generation of Navy and Marine Corps leaders. Thank you for your consideration.
President, USNA Class of 1978