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A Comparative Advantage Alumni StudyFORThe National Catholic CollegeAdmission Association


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What Matters in College

  • …although different types of institutions tend to have particular types of environments, … it is the environment created by the faculty and the students - rather than the type of institution per se - that really seems to matter.

  • Alexander Astin, What Matters in College?


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What Matters in College

  • Our review indicates two persistent themes in the research literature on college effects. The first is the central role of other people in a student’s life, whether students or faculty, and the character of the learning environments they create…The second theme is the potency of the student’s effort and involvement in the academic and non academic systems of the institutions they attend.

  • Ernest T. Pascarella and Patrick T. Terenzini, How College Affects Students.


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Methodology

Study conducted by Hardwick~Day

22 minute telephone interviews conducted September 20-29, 2006 to add to interviews in the Hardwick~Day database

308 alumni of CCAA colleges and universities (110 colleges represented)

Graduating classes of 1970-1999

Margin of error +/- 5.7 percentage points for sample size of 308


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Comparison Institutions

Catholic College Admission Association Collegesand Universities(308)

Flagship Public Universities*(530)

Other Church-Affiliated Private Colleges and Universities (611)

Non-Church-Affiliated Private Colleges and Universities (614)

* Flagship public universities = 147 public universities designated as “national universities” in U.S. News and World Report, America’s Best Colleges, 1999.


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Selectivity Rating of Alma Mater

Source: U.S. News and World Report


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Classroom & Campus Environment


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Many Small Classes with Fewer than Twenty Students

Q.1 Please tell me how much you personally benefited from your college offering . . . rating “benefited very much” (top box on a five-point scale)


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Teaching Assistants Often Used in Classes

Q.2 How often did your college experience include the following? (rating 4 or 5 on a five-point scale, where 1=never and 5=always)


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High Quality, Teaching-Oriented Faculty

Q.1 Please tell me how much you personally benefited from your college offering . . . rating “benefited very much” (top box on a five-point scale)


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Professors Often Challenged Students, But Personally Helped Them Meet the Challenge

Q.2 How often did your college experience include the following? (rating 4 or 5 on a five-point scale, where 1=never and 5=always)


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Professor Served as Mentor or Role Model in College

Q. 4 Who, if anyone, did you meet at your college who was a mentor or role model for you?


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Extensive Classroom Discussions

Q.2 How often did your college experience include the following? (rating 4 or 5 on a five-point scale, where 1=never and 5=always)


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Frequent Informal Student Study Groups

Q.2 How often did your college experience include the following? (rating 4 or 5 on a five-point scale, where 1=never and 5=always)


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There Was a Sense of Community Among Students

Q.12 How much do you agree or disagree with the following? (rating a 4 or 5 on a five-point scale, where 1=strongly disagree and 5=strongly agree)


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Friendships Often Developed from Classroom Experiences

Q.2 How often did your college experience include the following? (rating 4 or 5 on a five-point scale, where 1=never and 5=always)


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Residential Community: Lived on Campus for Most of College Years

Q.K For most of your college years, did you live...?


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A Safe Campus Environment

Q.1 Please tell me how much you personally benefited from your college offering . . . rating “benefited very much” (top box on a five-point scale)


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Co-curricular Opportunities


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Church or Religious Activities

Q.6A Were you involved in any of the following?


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Volunteer or Community Service Activities

Q.6A Were you involved in any of the following?


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Academic Clubs and Activities

Q.6A Were you involved in any of the following?


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Campus Publications or Student Government

Q.6A Were you involved in any of the following?


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Had a Leadership Role in Any Extracurricular Activities

Q.6B Did you have any leadership roles in. . .?


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VALUES


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Frequent Interaction with Students with Similar Values

Q.2 How often did your college experience include the following? (rating 4 or 5 on a five-point scale, where 1=never and 5=always)


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Integration of Values and Ethics in Classroom Discussions

Q.2 How often did your college experience include the following? (rating 4 or 5 on a five-point scale, where 1=never and 5=always)


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Benefited from An Emphasis on Personal Values and Ethics

Q.1 Please tell me how much you personally benefited from your college offering . . . rating “benefited very much” (top box on a five-point scale)


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Residential Community: Lived on Campus for Most of College Years

Q.K For most of your college years, did you live...?


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Benefited from Opportunities for Spiritual Development

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Q.1 Please tell me how much you personally benefited from your college offering . . . rating “benefited very much” (top box on a five-point scale)


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Learned More About Faith During College Years

Q.12 How much do you agree or disagree with the following? (rating a 4 or 5 on a five-point scale, where 1=strongly disagree and 5=strongly agree)


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College Helped Integrate Faith with Other Aspects of Life

Q.12 How much do you agree or disagree with the following? (rating a 4 or 5 on a five-point scale, where 1=strongly disagree and 5=strongly agree)


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ALUMNI OUTCOMES


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Have Graduate Degree

Screener Q.A What level of education have you completed?


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Graduated in Four Years or Less

Q.18 How many years did it take for you to complete your undergraduate degree?


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Consider Themselves Better Prepared than Students from Other Colleges

Q.9 How prepared were you for life after college, such as for graduate school or your first job, compared to students from other colleges?


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Effectiveness of College in Preparing for First Job

Q.10 How effective was your college in helping you develop . . .? (rating 4 or 5 on a five-point scale, where 1=not at all effective and 5=extremely effective)


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Effectiveness of College in Preparingfor Career Change or Advancement

Q.10 How effective was your college in helping you develop . . .? (rating 4 or 5 on a five-point scale, where 1=not at all effective and 5=extremely effective)


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Speaking Effectively

Q.10 How effective was your college in helping you develop . . .? (rating 4 or 5 on a five-point scale, where 1=not at all effective and 5=extremely effective)


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Writing Effectively

Q.10 How effective was your college in helping you develop . . .? (rating 4 or 5 on a five-point scale, where 1=not at all effective and 5=extremely effective)


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Solving Problems and Making Effective Decisions

Q.10 How effective was your college in helping you develop . . .? (rating 4 or 5 on a five-point scale, where 1=not at all effective and 5=extremely effective)


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Leadership

Q.10 How effective was your college in helping you develop . . .? (rating 4 or 5 on a five-point scale, where 1=not at all effective and 5=extremely effective)


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Relating to People of Different Backgrounds

Q.10 How effective was your college in helping you develop . . .? (rating 4 or 5 on a five-point scale, where 1=not at all effective and 5=extremely effective)


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Being Politically or Socially Aware

Q.10 How effective was your college in helping you develop . . .? (rating 4 or 5 on a five-point scale, where 1=not at all effective and 5=extremely effective)


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Fine Arts Appreciation

Q.10 How effective was your college in helping you develop . . .? (rating 4 or 5 on a five-point scale, where 1=not at all effective and 5=extremely effective)


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Developing Moral Principles that Can Guide Actions

Q.10 How effective was your college in helping you develop . . .? (rating 4 or 5 on a five-point scale, where 1=not at all effective and 5=extremely effective)


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Sense of Purpose in Life

Q.10 How effective was your college in helping you develop . . .? (rating 4 or 5 on a five-point scale, where 1=not at all effective and 5=extremely effective)


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Involvement with Church or Religious Organizations

Q.20 In the past five years, have you been involved in volunteer activity with the following . . .?


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Involvement with Elementary or Secondary School

Q.20 In the past five years, have you been involved in volunteer activity with the following . . .?


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Involvement with Foundations and Non-Profit Organizations

Q.20 In the past five years, have you been involved in volunteer activity with the following . . .?


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Involvement with Community Service

Q.20 In the past five years, have you been involved in volunteer activity with the following . . .?


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Involvement with Their Undergraduate College or University

Q.20 In the past five years, have you been involved in volunteer activity with the following . . .?


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Currently Member of an Organized Church

Q.21 Are you currently a member of an organized church?


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It is Extremely Important to Use Your Best Skills and Abilities

Q.19 How important is it to you to. . .? (rating a 5 on a five-point scale, where 1=not at all important and 5=extremely important)


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It is Extremely Important to Be Free to Consider the Moral and Ethical Side of Decisions

Q.19 How important is it to you to. . .? (rating a 5 on a five-point scale, where 1=not at all important and 5=extremely important)


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It is Extremely Important to Raise a Family

Q.19 How important is it to you to. . .? (rating a 5 on a five-point scale, where 1=not at all important and 5=extremely important)


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It is Extremely Important to Promote Racial Equality or Social Justice Issues

Q.19 How important is it to you to. . .? (rating a 5 on a five-point scale, where 1=not at all important and 5=extremely important)


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It is Extremely Important to Contribute to the Community

Q.19 How important is it to you to. . .? (rating a 5 on a five-point scale, where 1=not at all important and 5=extremely important)


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It is Extremely Important to Integrate Faith or Spirituality in Your Life

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Q.19 How important is it to you to. . .? (rating a 5 on a five-point scale, where 1=not at all important and 5=extremely important)


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Financing and College Value Issues


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Alumni Primarily Responsible for Paying For Own College Education

Q.16 Not including any grant or scholarship sponsors, who was primarily responsible for paying for your college education?


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Took Out Loans to Attend College

Agree loans were a good investment: 96%

Q.14 Did you take out loans to attend college?

Q.15 Were the loans a good investment on your part?


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Importance of Financially Supporting Alma Mater

Q.19 How important is it to you to. . .? (rating a 4 or 5 on a five-point scale, where 1=not at all important and 5=extremely important--not available for public universities)


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Financially Supported Undergraduate College or University in Past 5 Years

Q.20 Have you financially supported (organization) within the past five years?


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Completely Satisfied with Overall Quality of Education Received

Q.7 How satisfied are you with the overall quality of the education you received from your college? Rating a 5 on a five-point scale


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NEXT STEPS


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For more information, please contact:

Brian Lynch

Executive Director

National CCAA

10 West Hubbard 2C

Chicago, IL 60610

312.321.2726

lynch@nationalccaa.org

Thank You


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