Investigators: Gordon Shepherd, PhD, Department of Sociology, University of Central Arkansas, Irby 306, Conway, Arkansas and Gary Shepherd, PhD, Honors College, Oakland University, 112 Vandenberg Hall, Rochester, Michigan


You are being asked to participate in a research study. Before you give your consent to volunteer, it is important that you read the following information to be sure you understand what you will be asked to do.

This study is designed to gather information about the educational preparation and political views of UCA and Oakland University Students. The data from this research will be used for publication in scholarly journals that investigate connections between higher education and politics in American society.

If you agree to participate in this study you will be asked to fill out a 29-item survey questionnaire. There are no foreseeable risks associated with your participation in this research. It will take you about 10 minutes to complete the questionnaire.

While there will be no immediate benefits for you personally, your participation in this study will contribute to social science understanding of the social and political values of contemporary college students.

The confidentiality of your information and answers will be carefully protected. Questionnaire responses will be numerically coded and entered into a data file for statistical analysis. Computer data files will remain in the custody of Drs. Gordon and Gary Shepherd for the duration of this project. Only they will have access to this data.

Your participation in this research study is voluntary. You may refuse to participate or stop participation at any time without penalty. To stop, simply stop answering the questions, tell the survey administrator, and log off the survey. If you have questions about the research, you may contact Gordon Shepherd ( or Gary Shepherd (

This research project has been reviewed and approved by the Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects at the University of Central Arkansas and Oakland University.

I have read the information provided above. I understand that by submitting a completed survey questionnaire, I am agreeing to participate in this study.