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ERIC Number: ED491030
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 28
Abstractor: Author
Enhancing the Freshman Year Experience: Focus on What Makes a Difference
Delaney, Anne Marie
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) (45th, San Diego, CA, May 29-Jun 1, 2005)
This paper presents a model for studying the freshman year experience and identifying predictors of overall satisfaction with the first year in college. Results are based on a survey of 268 freshmen attending a private, selective college in the northeast. Findings confirm the importance of social experiences. Three of five significant predictors of overall satisfaction involved social relationships: satisfaction with sense of community (b = 0.42, p less than or equal to 0.001); success in developing close friendships (b = 0.18, p less than or equal to 0.01); and participation in student clubs (b = 0.11, p less than or equal to 0.05). These variables, together with satisfaction with campus resources (b = 0.18, p less than or equal to 0.01) and the quality and relevance of the education (b = 0.15, p less than or equal to 0.05), explained 53 percent of the variance in students' overall satisfaction with their freshman year experience. The following is appended: Questionnaire Items Comprising the Scales. (Contains 6 tables and 4 figures.)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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