ERIC Number: EJ1062815
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 67
They Do Not Buy It: Exploring the Extent to Which Entering First-Year Students View Themselves as Customers
Saunders, Daniel B.
Journal of Marketing for Higher Education, v25 n1 p5-28 2015
While a number of scholars have discussed the pervasiveness of the conceptualization of students as customers, to date there has been limited reliable research examining the extent to which students actually view themselves as customers. Using a survey that was administered to a census of entering first-year students at a large public research university (59.8% response rate), this study shows that students do not agree with many of the educational beliefs and planned behaviors associated with a customer orientation. Results of exploratory factor analysis suggested only 28.9% of respondents expressed a customer orientation. These results show that contrary to what has become common sense in postsecondary education, most students at this public university do not express a customer orientation towards their education. Such findings should make scholars and practitioners rethink some of their embedded assumptions with regards to the goals, motivations, and general educational orientations of today's college students.
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, College Freshmen, Attitude Measures, Factor Analysis, Free Enterprise System, Student Surveys, Purchasing, Income, Grading, Career Development, Thinking Skills, Outcomes of Education, College Role
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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