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ERIC Number: ED385300
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-May-29
Pages: 49
Abstractor: N/A
Are Students Who Complete Questionnaires Different from Students Who Don't?
Lillibridge, Fred; Beck, Larry
In an effort to determine differences between students who respond to surveys and those who do not, New Mexico State University at Alamogordo (NMSU-A) undertook a study of students in fall 1992. Students were asked to complete an 18-item questionnaire while waiting in lines during registration. The 1,618 out of 2,114 (76.5%) students who completed the survey, completed registration, and attended classes were compared to the 496 (23.5%) of students who enrolled, attended classes but did not complete the survey. The study used data from the NMSU-A Student Information Files to determine characteristics of the two groups. Study results included the following: (1) while students in the 16-22 and 23-29 age groups were more likely not to complete the survey than was expected, the difference between other age groups was not significant; (2) no significant differences were found in ethnicity or enrollment status (i.e., continuing, readmitted, first-time, or transfer students) between responders and non-responders; (3) females were more likely to complete the survey than males; (4) full-time students and students taking between 6 and 12 credit hours were more likely to complete the survey; and (5) completers had a slightly higher grade point average (3.01) than those who did not (2.97). Study results suggest that students who respond to surveys may differ from those who do not and that researchers should exercise caution. (Contains 23 references.) (Twenty-two tables and the survey instrument are appended.) (KP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A