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ERIC Number: ED517043
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 93
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1240-3842-1
Rethinking College Choice Implications: An Analysis of Attitudes and Outcomes for College Satisfaction
Griggs, Nguyen
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Houston
The aim of the study was to understand how students' college choice decisions were associated with their subsequent satisfaction levels. This study utilized Hossler and Gallagher's college choice model and studies of college satisfaction. Data from 893 first-time enrolled freshman college students from three different college campuses in an urban center in the Southwestern part of the United States were employed to capture items that describe general, academic and social satisfaction as outcome variables. The five constructs of 1) social capital; 2) academic capital; and 3) cultural capital; 4) high school leadership attributes; and 5) self-expression and acceptance were used as predictor variables. Using multiple regression analysis, the study tested the strength and direction of the relationship between the predictor and outcome variables. Across all institution types, the variable "self expression and acceptance" was consistently significant in all nine iterations of the regression analysis. The variable "social capital" was significant in eight iterations and "academic capital" was shown to be significant five times. Finally, "cultural capital" was significant only twice and "high school leadership attributes" demonstrated significance only once. In total, the findings provided further understanding of how college choice decisions ultimately relate to student satisfaction. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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