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An Examination of the Predictive Validity of National Survey of Student Engagement Benchmarks and Scalelets

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Title: An Examination of the Predictive Validity of National Survey of Student Engagement Benchmarks and Scalelets
Author: Korzekwa, Amy M.
Advisor(s): Marley, Scott
Committee Member(s): Parkes, Jay
Root, Tom
Department: University of New Mexico. Division of Individual, Family and Community Education
Subject: National Survey of Student Engagement
NSSE
Validity
Benchmarks
Scalelets
GPA
Retention
LC Subject(s): Prediction of scholastic success--United States
College freshmen--United States
National Survey of Student Engagement--Validity
College dropouts--Prevention
Degree Level: Masters
Abstract: Universities use the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) to evaluate university quality. Student engagement is theorized to relate to student outcomes. Recently, the validity of the NSSE has been questioned, with studies finding limited predictive validity. This study investigates the relationship between NSSE subscale scores (benchmarks and scalelets) and student outcomes, specifically first-year college GPA and third semester retention status. Linear and logistic regressions were used to evaluate the relationships, controlling for high school GPA, gender, and race/ethnicity. The subscales were minimally predictive of first-year GPA, but not at all predictive of third semester retention status. Implications and future directions for research are discussed.
Graduation Date: May 2010
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1928/10829


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