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ERIC Number: EJ1066421
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1913-9020
Service Satisfaction: The Case of a Higher Learning Institution in Malaysia
Jalali, AliReza; Islam, Md. Aminul; Ariffin, Ku Halim Ku
International Education Studies, v4 n1 p182-192 Feb 2011
This research attempted to find out factors that affect students' satisfaction in a higher learning Institution. The students were randomly selected from degree, masters and PhD programs to evaluate the level of students' satisfaction. The primary data source was a questionnaire that was distributed to the students. The researchers collected 165 completed questionnaires out of a total of 190. Four factors were chosen as independent variables namely; gender, race, student status and CGPA. This study showed that the overall services offered by the university were moderate from students' perspective. Findings showed that the academic-related activities are more important than non academic-related such as the availability of financial advice etc. It can be inferred from the findings that the academic activities should not be limited to classroom activities only. It must cover everything that can develop and instill good values, attitude, character and strong personality. Universities world-wide are now competing both nationally and internationally. In order to attain new students and retain current students they should aim to enhance student satisfaction and reduce student dissatisfaction. This can only be achieved if all services that are related to academic life such as implicit services, explicit services and physical services are delivered to a suitable standard. We also noticed that student status have an important influence on the perception of service quality. This is probably because student expectation increases as they have more contact with the university. Another element that also has influence on the perception of service quality is race and nationality. In relation to this, the academic or non-academic staffs that prepared services directly for the students should be able to identify and understand different levels of student expectations across years of study (from first year to final year) and races.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Malaysia
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