The 2002 Student Issues survey, sponsored by the College of Communication, reflects the opinions of 489 currently enrolled University of Tennessee undergraduates. The results reported are based on data gathered as part of a class project in Communication 300 (Mass Communication Research Methods). Students in three sections of the class conducted face-to-face interviews in various academic classroom buildings on the Knoxville campus from April 2-12. Depending on their group assignment, students interviewed either upperclassmen (juniors and seniors) or underclassmen (freshmen and sophomores).
A fixed interval sample was used to assign each interviewer a page from the Spring 2002 timetable. Intercept interviews were used to find students coming or going from classes chosen from the timetable pages. A quota sample was also used to ensure a balance of respondents by gender. A copy of the survey containing the actual question wording can be obtained at its Web site at A breakdown of the descriptive statistics to each question can be found at
Results are accurate within plus/minus 5 percent at a confidence level of 95 percent. The error rate for smaller samples may be even larger than the 5 percent overall error rate for the entire sample.
The authors subscribe to the American Association for Public Opinion Researches Code for Professional Ethics and Practices, and the Standards of Minimal Disclosure For Reporting Public Polls.

- By M. Mark Miller, professor of journalism and public relations, and Ronald W. Sitton, part-time instructor in College of Communication