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ERIC Number: EJ1137605
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1536-3759
Predictors of Tuition Worth: Psychological Sense of Community, Institutional Integrity, and Student Thriving
Conn, Steven M.
Christian Higher Education, v16 n3 p142-158 2017
Using hierarchical multiple regression analysis, this study examined the factors that contribute to the variation in students' subjective perceptions of the value of their tuition dollars. This study utilized data on 6,322 undergraduate students from 11 institutions in the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) who completed the Thriving Quotient questionnaire. The results revealed that psychological sense of community (ß = 0.321) was the strongest predictor of students' perception that their tuition was a worthwhile investment. Financial difficulty was the second strongest predictor (ß = -0.245), and students' perception of institutional integrity was the third strongest (ß = 0.161). These findings indicate that helping students develop a sense of community on campus and perceive that their institutions are meeting the expectations created during the admissions process are important elements of helping students appreciate the value of their tuition. Further discussion on the theoretical and practical applications of the findings are included.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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