ERIC Number: EJ1018009
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
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The Effects of Academic Programs and Institutional Characteristics on Postgraduate Civic Engagement Behavior
Ishitani, Terry T.; McKitrick, Sean A.
Journal of College Student Development, v54 n4 p379-396 Jul-Aug 2013
While monetary benefits from higher education are extensive, there appears to be an absence of empirical evidence on how higher education contributes to civic engagement behavior after college. This study investigated the relationship between college characteristics of students completing a bachelor's degree, such as academic programs and types of institutions, and their postgraduate civic engagement behavior. Coupled with hierarchical linear modeling, a sample of 2,443 college graduates drawn from a national database was used in this study. After controlling for collegiate volunteer behavior and other student demographic characteristics, study results suggest that students' academic programs were found to significantly impact civic engagement after college.
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, College Graduates, College Programs, Institutional Characteristics, Higher Education, Outcomes of Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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