ERIC Number: EJ1020060
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
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Measuring Students' Perceptions of Institutional Identity: Validating the DePaul Mission and Values Inventory at a Franciscan University
Matteo, Elizabeth K.; Bottom, Todd L.; Ferrari, Joseph R.
Journal of Catholic Higher Education, v32 n2 p173-188 Sum 2013
The "DePaul Mission and Values Inventory" ("DMV") was validated based on the mission, identity, and values of a large, urban, Catholic, Vincentian institution. We examined the suitability of the "DMV" at a small, suburban, Catholic, Franciscan university. A sample of 275 undergraduates (218 women, 57 men: "M" age = 23.47 years old: "SD" = 8.81) completed the inventory. The original DMV inventory items were maintained, however, some items were changed to reflect the identity of the current institution. Confirmatory factor analyses indicated a moderate fit on subscales for a "Franciscan-DMV" measure assessing "religious pluralism" (i.e., all faiths including Catholicism are supported) and "innovative/inclusive programming" (i.e., taking risks in programming and a campus that welcomes diversity). Results suggest that the "DMV" may be easily adapted for other religiously affiliated institutions. Given the paucity of valid and reliable inventories, other faith-based institutions might consider using the "DMV" in their regular mission assessment.
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Institutional Mission, Values, Measures (Individuals), Catholics, Church Related Colleges, Undergraduate Students, Factor Analysis, Cultural Pluralism, Religion, Religious Factors, Item Analysis, Social Desirability, Correlation, Questionnaires
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