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ERIC Number: ED546693
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 150
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-1-2675-0489-0
Student Engagement Profile: A Comparison of Traditional and Nontraditional Undergraduate College Students
Bonnetaud, Cricket
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, North Carolina State University
The purpose of this study was to examine if there were differences between traditional and nontraditional undergraduate students level of engagement on a traditional campus. In addition, the engagement profile of nontraditional students was examined to determine whether there were differences when considering moderator variables: such as gender, enrollment status, race/ethnicity, first-generation status, and transfer status. Understanding how this unique and varied population is educated and served effectively is central to practice in higher education. The target population for this study was graduating seniors for the 2009 academic year. An extant data set was obtained from the university that consisted of 1983 senior students of which 523 completed the National Survey for Student Engagement (NSSE) in Spring 2009. Descriptive statistics, factor analysis, and multiple regression were used to answer the four research questions. The results of this study did reveal a different profile of engagement between nontraditional and traditional students. Additionally, the results showed only one of the five moderator variables, enrollment status, predicted nontraditional student engagement. Since there are limited studies in higher education literature that directly examine the engagement patterns of nontraditional students, these results can provide the groundwork for further studies to track nontraditional student engagement on traditional campuses. Additionally, understanding nontraditional student needs and behaviors will provide administrators and faculty with practical guidance to enhance nontraditional student academic engagement and assist students to develop meaningful and positive success strategies. This research may have campus-wide benefits for both traditional and nontraditional students and the institution as a whole. [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; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Survey of Student Engagement