Student Satisfaction with Higher Education during the 1970s - a Decade of Social Change (Mellen Studies in Education 86)

Student Satisfaction with Higher Education during the 1970s - a Decade of Social Change (Mellen Studies in Education 86)

By: Michael Delucchi (author)Hardback

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This study investigates student satisfaction with postsecondary education in the 1970s by using a wide range of individual and organizational characteristics obtained from the National Longitudinal Study of the High School Class of 1972. The results favour a conceptualization of student satisfaction as a product of both collegiate institutional forces linked to wider social definitions of the outcomes of higher education, and organizational processes that enhance access to social and structural support of the student role. The former is inspired by institutionalist theory, the latter by organizational inequality perspectives. These two approaches are integrated into a model to examine student satisfaction along the social dimensions of race, class and gender. Student satisfaction is fundamental to a better understanding of educational process and quality as it relates to groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education. It may also be a critical mediating variable between students' entering characteristics (i.e. race, class and gender) and academic achievement and degree attainment. Also, accountability pressures from state legislatures on postsecondary education have placed increasing importance on the enrollment, retention and satisfaction of minority students. Within this context, student ratings of their educational experience contribute to a better understanding and assessment of the outcomes of higher education. Finally, satisfaction is an important component of organizational analysis.


Higher education and student satisfaction; previous research on student satisfaction - a review and critique; analyzing student satisfaction in higher education - conceptual issues; analyzing race, class and gender in education - conceptual issues; a model of student satisfaction; satisfaction with instruction and curriculum; student satisfaction with work skill development and intellectual growth; satisfaction with social life and cultural activities; the dynamics of race, class and gender in student satisfaction; summary and conclusions.

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  • ISBN13: 9780773466890
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 196
  • ID: 9780773466890
  • ISBN10: 0773466894

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