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Student Engagement at the Research University (SERU) at UW: Student Life. Student Life Assessment Meeting 02 October 2014. SERU Background. Project began as part of a research grant University of California Berkeley's Center for Studies in Higher Education

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student engagement at the research university seru at uw student life

Student Engagement at the Research University (SERU) at UW:Student Life

Student Life Assessment Meeting

02 October 2014

Debbie McGhee

seru background
SERU Background
  • Project began as part of a research grant University of California Berkeley's Center for Studies in Higher Education
  • Eleven (18%) of 62 AAU institutions participated in 2014
  • UW-Seattle participated for the first time this year
  • The survey population was the entire undergraduate population
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SERU Background
  • The SERU questionnaire takes approximately 25 minutes to complete.
  • The main topic areas:
    • Academic Engagement
    • Time Allocation
    • Academic and Personal Development
    • Institutional Climate for Diversity
    • Plans and Aspirations
    • Overall Satisfaction
    • Evaluation of the Major
    • Background (demographics)
seru 2014 uw participants
SERU 2014:UW Participants
  • All degree-seeking, undergraduate students enrolled at UW-Seattle in Winter 2014 were invited
  • Overall, 26% of students completed the online questionnaire
  • Women were over-represented among respondents (52% of sample vs. 61% of respondents)
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SERU 2014:Representativeness
  • Men and underclassmen were under-represented among respondents
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SERU 2014:Representativeness
  • Under-represented minority (URM) and International students were under-represented
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SERU 2014:Areas of Interest

Content areas of interest for today

  • Background characteristics (demographics)
  • Activities
  • Campus climate and diversity
  • Global evaluations
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SERU 2014:Background Characteristics

Several items about students’ backgrounds

  • Current residence
  • “Social class growing up” (SES)
  • Spiritual/religious preference
  • Physical and learning disabilities
  • Sexual orientation
  • Political orientation
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SERU 2014:Background characteristics

Where is your current residence?

Categories will be collapsed as: Campus housing, Sorority/Fraternity, and Elsewhere

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SERU 2014:Background characteristics

What was your social class growing up?

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SERU 2014:Background characteristics

What is your spiritual/religious preference?

Not spiritual or religious includes: Not particularly spiritual, No preference, Agnostic, and Atheist

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SERU 2014:Background characteristics

Do you have a physical or learning disability?

45% of those reporting a physical or learning disability indicated they receive disability accommodations

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SERU 2014:Background characteristics

What is your sexual orientation?

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SERU 2014:Background characteristics

What is your political orientation?

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SERU 2014:Weekly Activities
  • What was the average number of hours per night you slept on weeknights? [4 or less, 5, 6, …, 9 or more hours]
  • How many hours do you spend in a typical 7-day week in paid employment? [type in numeric value, enter 0 for none]
  • How many hours do you spend in a typical 7-day week … [0=0 hrs, 1=1-5 hrs, 2=6-10 hrs, 7=30+]
    • Attending classes/labs
    • Coursework outside of class
    • Student clubs or organizations
    • Leisure (entertainment, time with family, socializing)
    • Other (community service, exercise, religion, commuting)
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SERU 2014:Weekly Activities

Average weeknight hours of sleep?

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SERU 2014:Weekly Activities

How do students spend their week?

* The graph includes only those students who responded to all of the activities items.

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SERU 2014:Weekly Activities

About how many hours do you spend per week working for pay (on- or off-campus)?

  • The overall average was 8.8 hours, but 48% of students reported 0 hours of work for pay
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SERU 2014:Weekly Activities

About how many hours do you spend per week participating in student clubs or organizations?

  • Overall, 49.6% of students reported 0 hours
  • Participation varied with student’s current residence. The percentages of students reporting at least 1 hour/week were:
    • 59% among those living in campus-owned housing
    • 66% among those in sororities/fraternities
    • 45% among those living elsewhere
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SERU 2014:Weekly Activities

About how many hours do you spend per week performing community service or volunteer?

  • Overall, 47% of students reported 0 hours
  • Participation varied by student sex and current residence.
    • 56% of women reported at least 1 hour/week, vs. 47% of men
    • Student in sororities/fraternities were the most likely to report non-zero hours (65%), while students in campus housing were the least likely (47%).
    • About half (53%) of students living elsewhere reported at least 1 hour/week.
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SERU 2014:Weekly Activities

About how many hours do you spend per week engaging in exercise, sports, or physically active hobbies?

  • Overall, only 15% of students reported 0 hours
  • Participation varied by student sex, class, and current residence.
    • 46% of men reported at least 6 hours/week, vs. 30% of women
    • Student in sororities/fraternities were the most active: 42% reported 1-5 hours/week and 36% reported 6-10 hours/week.
    • 50% of students living elsewhere reported 1-5 hours/week.
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SERU 2014:Co-curricular Activities
  • Overall, 4.7% of students reported participation in a living-learning program
    • Among those currently living in campus housing, 6.6% responded ‘Yes’
    • 8.2% of first-year students living in campus housing responded ‘Yes’
  • Approximately 19% of students had participated in a study abroad program (27% of seniors)
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SERU 2014:Evaluative Items

Several items and item-sets asked students to rate their UW experiences at a global level

  • Campus climate
  • International student experience
  • Overall academic satisfaction and overall social satisfaction
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SERU 2014:Campus Climate

Rate the general climate for students at the UW. The UW is… “Safe [1] … Dangerous [5]”

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SERU 2014:Campus Climate

The UW is… “Safe [1] … Dangerous [5]” by Sex and Residence

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SERU 2014:Campus Climate

Indicate level of agreement with the following in terms of yourself.

1 = Strongly disagree, 3 = Somewhat disagree, 4 = Somewhat agree, 6 = Strongly agree

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SERU 2014:Campus Climate

Students of my race/ethnicity are respected on this campus.

1 = Strongly disagree, 3 = Somewhat disagree, 4 = Somewhat agree, 6 = Strongly agree

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SERU 2014:Campus Climate

Students of my socioeconomic background are respected on this campus.

1 = Strongly disagree, 3 = Somewhat disagree, 4 = Somewhat agree, 6 = Strongly agree

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SERU 2014:Campus Climate

Students of my gender are respected on this campus.

1 = Strongly disagree, 3 = Somewhat disagree, 4 = Somewhat agree, 6 = Strongly agree

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SERU 2014:Campus Climate

Students of my political beliefs are respected on this campus.

1 = Strongly disagree, 3 = Somewhat disagree, 4 = Somewhat agree, 6 = Strongly agree

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SERU 2014:Campus Climate

Students of my sexual orientation are respected on this campus.

1 = Strongly disagree, 3 = Somewhat disagree, 4 = Somewhat agree, 6 = Strongly agree

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SERU 2014:Campus Climate

Students with a physical, psychological, or learning disability like mine are respected….

1 = Strongly disagree, 3 = Somewhat disagree, 4 = Somewhat agree, 6 = Strongly agree

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SERU 2014:Campus Climate

Students of my immigration background are respected on this campus.

1 = Strongly disagree, 3 = Somewhat disagree, 4 = Somewhat agree, 6 = Strongly agree

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SERU 2014:International Student Experience

How satisfied are you with each of the following?

The three items marked with arrows were the strongest correlates of perceived respect for international students.

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SERU 2014:Overall Evaluation

Four items asked about general satisfaction.

1 = Very dissatisfied, 3 = Somewhat dissatisfied, 4 = Somewhat satisfied, 6 = Very satisfied

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SERU 2014:Overall Evaluation
  • Social and Academic experience ratings were moderately related (r = .50)
  • Satisfaction with UW grade point average was strongly correlated with actual UW GPA(r = .61)
  • Ratings of Educational Value correlated with academic satisfaction (r = .61), but less with social satisfaction (r = .37) and actual UW GPA (r = .17)
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SERU 2014:Overall Evaluation

Social satisfaction varied by class and residence.

1 = Very dissatisfied, 3 = Somewhat dissatisfied, 4 = Somewhat satisfied, 6 = Very satisfied

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SERU 2014:Overall Evaluation

Academic satisfaction* varied by class and residence.

* Average of “my UW GPA” and “overall academic experience”

1 = Very dissatisfied, 3 = Somewhat dissatisfied, 4 = Somewhat satisfied, 6 = Very satisfied

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SERU 2014:Overall Evaluation

Actual UW GPA supports the observation that living in campus housing is preferred for first-years and sophomores.

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SERU 2014:Overall Evaluation

The effect of housing situation on academic satisfaction and UW GPA is not due to self-selection: Across the range of high school GPA; those living in campus housing perform better.

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SERU 2014:Overall Evaluation

Academic satisfaction* varied by average hours of sleep.

* Average of “my UW GPA” and “overall academic experience”

1 = Very dissatisfied, 3 = Somewhat dissatisfied, 4 = Somewhat satisfied, 6 = Very satisfied

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SERU 2014:Overall Evaluation

Students use the time that they are not sleeping to do coursework (in-class + studying).

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SERU 2014:Overall Evaluation

The extra hours of coursework do not translate into a better GPA.

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SERU 2014:Overall Evaluation

Two items asked about commitment to UW.

1 = Strongly disagree, 3 = Somewhat disagree, 4 = Somewhat agree, 6 = Strongly agree

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SERU 2014:Overall Evaluation
  • Both social and academic satisfaction ratings were related to feelings of belongingness(r= .61 and r = .59)
  • Academic experience satisfaction was a somewhat better predictor than social experience of re-enrollment (r = .60 vs. r= .49)
  • Ratings of educational value correlated moderately with belongingness (r = .46) and re-enrollment (r= .51)
  • Working class and middle class students were the least satisfied with educational value
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SERU 2014:Overall Evaluation

Commitment to UW* varied by ethnicity/resident status.

* Average of “I belong at the UW” and “I would re-enroll at the UW”

1 = Strongly disagree, 3 = Somewhat disagree, 4 = Somewhat agree, 6 = Strongly agree

summary
Summary
  • Students are candid about themselves and their UW experience.
  • Our students express a strong sense of belonging and commitment to UW, but also feel free to point out areas of dissatisfaction.
  • Safety issues for women, especially those living in sororities.
  • International students want to interact with the UW and larger U.S. community, but may have trouble achieving this.