ERIC Number: ED030918
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Reference Count: 0
How Objective Are Measures of Campus Climate?
Grande, Peter P.
Pace's College and University Environment Scales (CUES) fails to consider the interdependency of the individual and his environment. A random sample of students (A) and two samples of general psychology students (B) and (C) were used to determine the legitimacy of CUES claims of freedom from: (1) sampling bias, and (2) correlation with individual characteristics. Items on the CUES instrument answered in the keyed direction by at least 66% of the students in at least one of the groups were used in scoring. Results show statistically significant differences on 74% of those items among the three samples, questioning the CUES claim of freedom from sampling bias. Computations of a rate of agreement index indicate a high degree of item endorsement agreement between samples (A) and (B), but a low degree among all three samples. Several correlations exist between CUES and the Edwards Personal Preference Schedule, which was administered to sample (A). Thus, CUES is questionable as a measure of campus climate, both in elucidating common orientations and responding to sub-group variation. (AE)
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Authoring Institution: Notre Dame Univ., IN.
Identifiers: College and University Environmental Scales