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ERIC Number: EJ955784
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 79
ISSN: ISSN-1358-3883
Using a Satisfaction Index to Compare Students' Satisfaction during and after Higher Education Service Consumption
Duarte, Paulo O.; Raposo, Mario B.; Alves, Helena B.
Tertiary Education and Management, v18 n1 p17-40 2012
This study explores the factors that influence students' satisfaction with higher education services and assess how they change after graduation, when students enter the labour market. To achieve the objectives, a survey was performed on two occasions, 2002 and 2008. Data on satisfaction were collected from current and former students in order to test the conceptual model of satisfaction formation using partial least squares path modelling and estimate the satisfaction index. The results show that the overall satisfaction level is almost similar in the two samples, nevertheless, the weights in the explanatory model of satisfaction changed between the two samples. With the exception of quality perception, all other factors show an increase in importance. This paper presents an innovative approach to students' satisfaction with higher education services as it compares current and former students' satisfaction and extends current knowledge on the importance of professional experience for satisfaction. (Contains 5 tables and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Portugal