ERIC Number: ED480921
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-May
What Predicts Perceived Gains in Learning and in Satisfaction. Research Report 2001-02.
Belcheir, Marcia J.
This study is a followup to a study that reported on the results of the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) for Boise State University freshmen and seniors. This study examined which of the many activities on the NSSE best predicted personal estimates of growth while at Boise State as well as perceived satisfaction with the university. Data from 200 freshmen and 243 seniors indicate that asking students to work hard and think at higher levels pays off in growth. Students reporting more growth also reported working harder than they thought they could to meet an instructors expectations and taking courses that placed more emphasis on the mental activities of analysis, application, evaluation, and synthesis. Social experiences were also found to be an important part of growth, especially personal and analytical growth. Faculty feedback and interactions with students also help students grow, just as combining academic and community experiences increases growth. The most important variable in predicting satisfaction was whether the student would choose Boise State again if starting over. The quality of relationships with faculty and administration were also important factors. Demographic variables relate to growth, but are not as important as some other measures. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Boise State Univ., ID. Office of Institutional Assessment.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Survey of Student Engagement