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seems to indicate that these findings are valid for the current state
of library instruction without major institutional differences.
Figure 6: Student’s perceptions of library instruction’s helpfulness are shown to be uniformly low in
the 2015 COFHE ESS.
These disappointing results came as a stark contrast to the positive
view of the faculty. These results were also very different from
numerous satisfaction surveys that we had conducted immediately
following instruction sessions with the respective participants. For
instance, a specially convened assessment task force worked on an
instrument in the fall 2015 semester and recruited volunteer library
instructors teaching classes with a specially designed research
assignment to administer the survey at the end of their classes. Please
note that only classes with research assignments were assessed,
since one possible explanation of why the COFHE results were
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