ERIC Number: EJ1227455
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
The Connection of Study Abroad to Students' Positive Feelings of Institutional Action
Di Maggio, Lily M.
Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, v21 n3 p326-341 Nov 2019
Previous empirical inquiry into study abroad has consistently shown that students who study abroad have higher graduation rates than students who do not study abroad. In the current study, it was theorized that study abroad increased students' perceptions of the college or university that they attended. Using data from the National Survey of Student Engagement, the supportive campus environment scores of students who studied abroad were compared with students who did not study abroad. The measurement of supportive campus environment was shown to be consistent to measuring students' perception of Tinto's concept of institutional action. The current study controlled for race/ethnicity, gender, and major. The findings indicated that students' feelings of institutional action were more positive if they studied abroad; however, there was some variance based on academic major and race/ethnicity. At the end of the current study, policy implications were given related to the findings, and ideas for further research were presented.
Descriptors: Study Abroad, Student Attitudes, Positive Attitudes, College Students, Majors (Students), Racial Differences, Ethnicity, School Holding Power, Academic Persistence, Graduation Rate, Learner Engagement, National Surveys, Student Surveys
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Survey of Student Engagement