ERIC Number: ED469584
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Nov
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Analyzing the Relationship between Perceptions of the Research University Campus Climate and Student Outcomes: An Exploratory Analysis.
Armstrong, William B; Carty, Heidi M.
This exploratory analysis focused on questions regarding the relationship between student perceptions of the campus climate for diversity, student activities with respect to diversity, and student outcomes from a large Research I university in southern California. Using existing items from the College Student Experiences Questionnaire, dimensions of campus climate and student behaviors were derived using factor analysis. These newly developed climate scales and student behavior typologies were merged with institutional and student transcript data files. A total of 797 students responded to the survey, and the sample was split into historically underrepresented (minority) and not historically underrepresented groups. The regression analysis did not find a significant relationship between campus climate and student activities and grade point average, but this does not necessarily suggest that the campus climate is not related to student outcomes. Prior studies have found that, in some instances, a perceived negative climate actually improved outcomes for some underrepresented groups, a counter-intuitive findings that has been interpreted in terms of resistance theory. To improve this study, it is planned to incorporate additional environmental information into the student outcomes model. (Contains 7 tables and 24 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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