ERIC Number: ED031150
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-May
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Campus Environment. An On Going Assessment of Student Attitudes.
Kansas City Regional Council for Higher Education, MO. Office of Institutional Research.
The task of administrative decision makers at diverse and complex institutions has been made more difficult with student confrontations, and there is an expressed need for improved tools to assess student attitudes and characteristics. The Campus Environment Scale (CES), a data-gathering tool, contains 150 statements that deal comprehensively with college life to which students' reactions may range from strong agreement to strong disagreement. The CES was used in a pilot study to assess campus environments in the Kansas City, Missouri region, and the resulting tables and charts presented in the report offer administrators in the participating institutions a basis for comparative analysis of their institutions with other campuses. Improved instrumentation of the CES for trend analysis, rather than comparative analysis, would offer increased effectiveness in administrative decision making, since trend analysis also detects whether areas of strength are deteriorating or whether a negative situation has undergone improvement, and provides an almost instantaneous informational feedback. The use of a computerized item sampling technique, in which students respond to a fraction of the CES questions, has refined the CES to the point where processing time from student response to feedback is only about 2 hours. This facilitates an ongoing trend assessment of student attitudes and characteristics for effective administrative decision making. (WM)
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Authoring Institution: Kansas City Regional Council for Higher Education, MO. Office of Institutional Research.