ERIC Number: ED205086
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-May
Reference Count: 0
The Effect of Student-Faculty Interaction on Students' Educational Outcomes. AIR Forum 1981 Paper.
Endo, Jean J.; Harpel, Richard L.
The effect of student-faculty interaction on student outcomes after four years was examined within the context of a causal model adapted from a general college impact model. This model includes three sets of variables: students' background characteristics, four aspects of student-faculty interaction, and four categopies of outcomes. The four outcome categories were personal/social, intellectual, academic achievement, and satisfaction with education. Of the 2,830 entering fall 1975 freshmen at the University of Colorado who completed a freshman questionnaire, 480 were administered a graduating students' survey four years later. A number of items on the instruments were combined into scales that would measure one expectation variable, four student-faculty interaction variables, and nine outcome variables. Factor analysis was used. The results provided support for the importance of the impact of student-facutly interaction. Interaction that was characterized as friendly had the greater impact on these student outcomes, and the frequency of friendly student-faculty interaction had a positive effect on overall satisfaction with the college experience. The outcomes that were most affected were the intellectual outcomes, as opposed to personal/social outcomes. Liberal arts students had greater frequencies of friendly interaction with faculty than professional program students; and professional program students had greater frequencies of formal interaction with faculty than liberal arts students. A bibliography is appended. (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, College Faculty, College Freshmen, College Seniors, College Students, Educational Benefits, Graduate Surveys, Higher Education, Individual Development, Institutional Research, Intellectual Development, Interpersonal Relationship, Liberal Arts, Outcomes of Education, Professional Education, School Surveys, Student Characteristics, Student Development, Student Experience, Student Teacher Relationship
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: AIR Forum; University of Colorado
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (21st, Minneapolis, MN, May 17-20, 1981).