ERIC Number: ED305844
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
The Contributions of Institutional Agents to High Quality Out-of-Class Experiences for College Students.
Kuh, George D.; And Others
A qualitative study was conducted of the contributions that institutional leaders make to fostering conditions that encourage high-quality out-of-class experiences for college students. A nine-member research team conducted the study. A process of nominations, recommendations and review yielded the selection of 14 institutions for the study. Site visits of 3-4 days were conducted by teams of two to four investigators; second visits were made to six institutions. Data collection and analysis were conducted concurrently; data collection methods consisted of interviews (individuals and focus groups), observations and document analysis. Interviews were conducted with 1,076 individuals at 14 institutions: 138 faculty, 76 academic administrators (including presidents, chief academic officers and registrars), 300 student affairs staff, 487 students, and 75 others. Specific results are discussed for each group. The following conclusions are also discussed: (1) the continuity and consistency of philosophy across academic affairs and student affairs is a characteristic of involving colleges; (2) faculty members seem to be less influential today than two decades ago in shaping the quality of out-of-class experiences of students; (3) student affairs staff have become the de facto caretakers of the undergraduate experience; and (4) the whole of the contributions of institutional agents is greater than the sum of their individual contributions. A list of the types of materials collected for institutional profiles is appended. Contains 61 references. (KM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Lilly Endowment, Inc., Indianapolis, IN.; National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, Inc.; Marriott Corp., Bethesda, MD. Education Services Div.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, March 27-31, 1989). Best copy available.