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ERIC Number: ED548324
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 159
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2673-9568-9
College Satisfaction among Students Enrolled at Religious Four-Year Colleges: A Longitudinal Study
Young, Darby J. W.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Iowa State University
The purpose of this study was (a) to explore descriptions of students who attended selected religious four-year colleges; (b) to explore relationships between background characteristics and overall college satisfaction and relationships between college experiences and overall college satisfaction; (c) to explore changes over time with respect to the goals of these students; and (d) to explore possible predictive elements, such as background characteristics, goals, and college experiences that may influence institutional satisfaction. A CIRP survey was used to collect data concerning the background characteristics, freshmen goals, college experiences, college integration, and senior goals of students who attended religious four year colleges. The researcher employed a hypothetical framework of student satisfaction primarily based on Tinto's (1993) theoretical framework of student integration. The hypothesized model was used to examine how selected variables--background characteristics, goals, activities, and integration--impacted student satisfaction with the overall college experience. Quantitative analysis, including descriptive statistics, correlations, paired samples t-tests, and hierarchical multiple regression, were used to analyze the data. A hierarchical multiple regression model was used to examine the background characteristics, goals, activities, and integration that predict satisfaction with the overall college experience. The results of this study suggest that degree aspiration, student engagement activities, relevance of coursework, a sense of community, and the classroom experience impacted student satisfaction with the overall college experience. This study also revealed the need to address students who attended religious four year colleges and were categorized as first generation college students. The study may be replicated in other two or four year institutions to explore impacts on student satisfaction. In addition, it is imperative that policymakers, faculty, and staff understand the factors that can influence student satisfaction and possibly student retention. [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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