Research on seniors' sense of belonging at their institution will be the subject of a presentation by NSSE analyst Angie Miller and graduate students Samantha Silberstein and Latosha Williams at the annual Jon C. Dalton Institute on College Student Values, to be held in Tallahassee, FL, Feb. 2-4. Their research explores the impact of student-faculty interaction and teaching practices on students' feelings of acceptance at their schools. Catch them on Friday, February 3rd at 2:40 p.m. for the Scholarly Paper Session in room 218 SSB. Read the study abstract below, and find the conference program here.
"The current study sought to explore whether senior students' faculty-related engagement influences their sense of belonging, particularly their feelings of institutional acceptance. This study utilizes data from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) to explore these relationships. Results suggest that increased student-faculty interaction, effective teaching practices, and participation in research with faculty have a positive impact on feelings of institutional acceptance for seniors. Furthermore, certain student demographics, college experiences, and institutional characteristics also play a role in this aspect of belongingness. Institutions can use this information to increase programming and resources directed at improving student engagement with faculty."