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ERIC Number: ED511959
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 5
Factor Structure and Reliability of the 2008 and 2009 SERU/UCUES Questionnaire Core. SERU Project Technical Report
Chatman, Steve
Center for Studies in Higher Education
This technical report summarizes the third independent factor analysis of the SERU/UCUES questionnaire responses of students with majors. The 2009 solution employed the same quantitative analysis used in the prior solutions--varimax orthogonal rotation to determine principal components followed by promax oblique rotation to identify subfactors--supplemented by the collaborative judgment of a research team of faculty, institutional researchers, and a graduate student. Overall the three solutions have been remarkably similar. The most significant and substantive difference in factor structure was between 2006 and 2008 and was the result of several academic experience items being moved from a 2006 module to the core segment of the questionnaire. The most substantive differences from 2008 to 2009 were methodological: respondents from several AAU institutions were included, factor analysis was performed on a weighted random sample of University of California and participating AAU students, factor scores were computed using item loadings, and a reduced set of factor scores was computed for all students, whether they had declared majors or not. The 2009 structure is comprised of eight principal factors, each with two or more subfactors. The principal component factors are: Factor 1: Satisfaction with Educational Experience; Factor 2: Current Skills Self-Assessment (Nonquantitative); Factor 3: Engagement with Studies; Factor 4: Gains in Self-Assessment of Skills (Nonquantitative); Factor 5: Development of Scholarship; Factor 6: Campus Climate for Diversity; Factor 7: Academic Disengagement (Inverted Scale); Factor 8: Quantitative Professions. (Contains 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: University of California, Berkeley, Center for Studies in Higher Education
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