ERIC Number: EJ1067977
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
The Impact of Professor Reputation and Section Attributes on Student Course Selection
Brown, Christopher L.; Kosovich, Stephen M.
Research in Higher Education, v56 n5 p496-509 Aug 2015
In this paper, we analyze how students select particular sections of required undergraduate courses at a regional public university in Texas. Specifically, we study how perceived instructor quality and other course section attributes, such as meeting time, impact enrollment. We find strong evidence that publicly available information about professor reputation influences students' enrollment decisions. Sections taught by instructors who are more highly rated fill up more quickly, for our subset of required undergraduate courses. Sections taught by instructors rated as easier are also estimated to fill up more rapidly, in some specifications. We also find some evidence that the meeting times and days also influence enrollment decisions in systematic ways.
Descriptors: Selection Criteria, Undergraduate Students, Required Courses, Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Qualifications, Enrollment Influences, Reputation, Scheduling, Attribution Theory, College Faculty, Professional Identity, Teacher Effectiveness
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Texas