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Student-Faculty Interaction in the First Year of College

Title: Student-Faculty Interaction in the First Year of College: Exploring the Effects of Policy on Student Engagement.
Name(s): Roberts, Kari L., author
Cox, Bradley E., professor directing thesis
Perez-Felkner, Lara, committee member
Jones, Tamara Bertrand, committee member
Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2014
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Institutions are constantly seeking ways to facilitate and improve student-faculty interaction, especially in the first year of college, a time when students are facing a transition to a new academic environment. One approach institutions take to facilitate student-faculty interaction is to implement policies that create ideal environments for student-faculty interaction to occur. In order to fully understand the effects (and non-effects) of these policies, we must first understand the ideal conditions that enable student-faculty interaction, and the barriers that can prevent student-faculty interaction. Supporting the creation of such environments through policy can be difficult for institutions because student-faculty interaction manifests in multiple ways. Student-faculty interaction looks very different from student to student, and it varies on three major components across situations: quality, quantity, and content. This study examines the effects of institutional policy that aim to create optimal conditions for student-faculty interaction in the first year of college. While the literature reinforces the idea that student-faculty interaction supports student success and engagement, the data shows weak and inconsistent correlations between student engagement scores and levels of policy adoption. Enacting institutional policy is a top-down approach to creating student-faculty interaction, but can still have direct and indirect effects on student engagement.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-8876 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2014.
Date of Defense: April 9, 2014.
Keywords: Engagement, Faculty, Institutional Policy, Interaction, Student
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Bradley E. Cox, Professor Directing Thesis; Lara Perez-Felkner, Committee Member; Tamara Bertrand Jones, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Educational leadership
Education and state
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Owner Institution: FSU

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Roberts, K. L. (2014). Student-Faculty Interaction in the First Year of College: Exploring the Effects of Policy on Student Engagement. Retrieved from