ERIC Number: ED422809
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-May
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Student Measures Associated with Favorable Classroom Experiences. AIR 1998 Annual Forum Paper.
Volkwein, J. Fredericks; Cabrera, Alberto F.
This study examines the undergraduate characteristics and factors in the undergraduate experience that appear to correlate with beneficial classroom experiences. The study was conducted at a large research university with an undergraduate population of about 10,000 students. Data were derived from a survey instrument that is part of the university's on-going assessment program, with 150 items of information collected in four categories: (1) background information (age, class year, sex, ethnicity, employment, admissions status, academic major, financial aid, residence), Scholastic Assessment Test scores, and high school grade point averages; (2) student plans, goals, and reasons for attendance; (3) level of student satisfaction with a variety of campus services and facilities, as well as with the institution's academic, administrative, and social environments; and (4) cognitive and noncognitive experiences, such as classroom experiences, faculty contact, course-taking patterns, and self-reported growth. Multivariate data analysis examined surveys of 740 undergraduates who entered the university as freshmen. The study found that the most beneficial classroom experiences were reported by students who perceived high levels of faculty concern and interaction with students, who reported active engagement in the academic and social structure of the institution, and who observed a campus climate of racial harmony and political tolerance. (Contains 52 references.) (CH)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Classroom Environment, College Environment, Correlation, Educational Research, Factor Analysis, Higher Education, Multivariate Analysis, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Student College Relationship, Student Surveys, Teacher Student Relationship, Undergraduate Students, Universities
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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