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Li, Jing; Guo, Fei; You, You – Current Issues in Comparative Education, 2017
Study abroad can be a life-changing experience, but evidence of its effectiveness is mixed. We examine the experience of studying abroad at colleges in the US and China, which are the largest receiving and sending countries of international students respectively. Using data from two comparable national surveys that follow the same design, we…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Study Abroad, Program Effectiveness, Cross Cultural Studies
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Coker, Jeffrey Scott; Heiser, Evan; Taylor, Laura; Book, Connie – Journal of Experiential Education, 2017
This 5-year study of graduating seniors at Elon University (n = 2,058) evaluates the impacts of experiential learning depth (amount of time commitment) and breadth (number of different types of experiences) on student outcomes. Data on study abroad, undergraduate research, internships, service, and leadership experiences were pulled from…
Descriptors: College Seniors, Experiential Learning, Outcomes of Education, Study Abroad
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Ribera, Amy K.; Miller, Angie L.; Dumford, Amber D. – Journal of College Student Development, 2017
In this study we examined the role that high-impact practices play in shaping first-year students' sense of belonging as it relates to peers and institutional acceptance. We used data from the National Survey of Student Engagement (N = 9,371), and results revealed troublesome gaps for historically underrepresented populations in their sense of…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Peer Acceptance, Student School Relationship, College Seniors
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Mukherjee, Moumita; McKinney, Lyle; Hagedorn, Linda Serra; Purnamasari, Agustina; Martinez, Franco Santiago – Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 2017
Using 1,400 survey responses collected from two large urban community college systems in Texas, this study examined how students' financial habits, stress, and well-being influenced their enrollment behaviors. Working students, compared to their nonworking peers, reported significantly lower levels of overall financial well-being. After…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Enrollment
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Howe, Elijah C.; Fosnacht, Kevin – Journal of College and Character, 2017
Preparing students to be engaged participants in our democratic society has long been an important college outcome. Over the past few decades, postsecondary institutions have primarily attempted to improve civic outcomes by integrating service activities into their curricula. While research on the effects of service-learning are plentiful,…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Democratic Values, Communities of Practice, Institutional Characteristics
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Fosnacht, Kevin; Nailos, Jennifer N. – Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, 2016
Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) enroll the majority of Latina/o students in higher education; however, it is unclear how HSIs influence Latina/os' postsecondary experiences. In this study, we examined how the Latina/o student experience differed between students who did and did not attend 4-year HSIs. The results suggest that HSIs generally…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Hispanic American Students, Institutional Characteristics, Enrollment Trends
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Leach, Linda – Higher Education Research and Development, 2016
Student engagement has become increasingly important in higher education in recent years. Influenced internationally by government drivers to improve student outcomes, many countries and institutions have participated in surveys such as the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) and its progeny, the Australasian Survey of Student Engagement…
Descriptors: Intellectual Disciplines, Learner Engagement, Higher Education, College Freshmen
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Hopper, Mari K. – Advances in Physiology Education, 2016
Calls for reform in science education have promoted active learning as a means to improve student engagement (SENG). SENG is generally acknowledged to have a positive effect on student learning, satisfaction, and retention. A validated 14-question survey was used to assess SENG in a variety of upper- and lower-level physiology courses, including…
Descriptors: Physiology, Learner Engagement, Student Participation, Course Content
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Zerr, Ryan J.; Bjerke, Elizabeth – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2016
Students in two different types of first-year experience seminar courses at a moderately sized public university were compared using a large variety of measures--both direct and indirect. One of these first-year experience types was a three-credit academic-themed course offered in sections with variable content; the other was a two-credit…
Descriptors: First Year Seminars, Qualitative Research, Focus Groups, College Freshmen
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Rettig, Jean; Hu, Shouping – Journal of College Student Development, 2016
Using data from a random sample of first-year students in the 2009 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), we compared engagement in educationally purposeful activities in college, a set of educational outcomes, and the relationship between student engagement and educational outcomes for nonathletes and student-athletes participating in low-…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Student Participation, College Athletics, Athletes
Osagie, Shelley E. – ProQuest LLC, 2016
The major purpose of this study was to investigate whether the level of engagement, as measured by the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) correlates with veterans' academic success as measured by cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA). Participants were senior college students, at a four-year urban public university who completed the…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Academic Achievement, Postsecondary Education, College Seniors
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Smith, Philip A. – Communications in Information Literacy, 2016
This article is an account of how one small liberal arts university undertook a large scale curriculum integration and assessment project under the auspices of a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). After a review of relevant literature, the integration and assessment process is outlined, and the assessment data is analyzed and discussed. The…
Descriptors: Information Literacy, Undergraduate Students, Liberal Arts, Small Colleges
Gonyea, Robert M.; Kinzie, Jillian – Council of Independent Colleges, 2015
Critics of traditional, residential, liberal arts colleges and universities contend that this form of higher education is outmoded, too costly, and no longer educationally relevant for 21st century students. Economies of scale, large classes taught by contingent faculty members and graduate students, and increasing reliance on technology and…
Descriptors: Private Colleges, Learner Engagement, Institutional Characteristics, National Surveys
Hendrickson, Jo M.; Therrien, William J.; Weeden, Dustin D.; Pascarella, Ernest; Hosp, John L. – Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, 2015
A phenomenon is spreading across institutions of higher education (IHEs)--the participation of students with intellectual disabilities (ID) in inclusive postsecondary education programs. Data on two cohorts of first-year students with ID indicate that these students are experiencing college life, as measured by the National Survey of Student…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Intellectual Disability, Learner Engagement, Student Experience
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Fauria, Renee M.; Fuller, Matthew B. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2015
Researchers evaluated the effects of Educationally Purposeful Activities (EPAs) on transfer and nontransfer students' cumulative GPAs. Hierarchical, linear, and multiple regression models yielded seven statistically significant educationally purposeful items that influenced undergraduate student GPAs. Statistically significant positive EPAs for…
Descriptors: College Students, College Transfer Students, Grade Point Average, Regression (Statistics)
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