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2016FallSymposiumURCreativityEngagement has ended
Tuesday, December 6 • 11:15am - 11:35am
Do Perceptions Of Undergraduate Experience Influence The Decision To Attend Graduate School? - A Case Study Of UNC Asheville Alumni

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Using data from surveys completed by UNC Alumni, this research examines whether or not a relationship exists between the perceptions of undergraduate experience and the decision to attend graduate school. The purpose of this research is to explore a deeper understanding of the undergraduate experience and how it relates to future study. Several variables are used in the model, such as a composite undergraduate perception score related to research experience, career preparation, and satisfaction with overall education. Other variables considered in the model are graduation year, gender, race, internship participation, and academic division (natural sciences, humanities, or social sciences). Using SAS, a logistic regression model was developed in order to determine the effect of the aforementioned variables. Results indicate that a unit increase in undergraduate perception score (p=0.0021) and majoring within the humanities (p=0.0092) significantly increases the odds that an alumnus will attend graduate school. Furthermore, the odds of attending graduate school for a major within the humanities were 2.368 times the odds for the natural sciences and 1.78 times the odds for the social sciences. The odds of attending graduate school for majors within the social sciences were 1.306 times the odds for the natural sciences. This information could potentially benefit students, faculty, and administration by contributing to a deeper understanding in regards to helping students achieve their goals for the future.

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Tuesday December 6, 2016 11:15am - 11:35am
035 Karpen Hall