A comparison of the Oregon State University environment as perceived by two student age groups, faculty, and student services staff Public Deposited

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  • The purpose of this study was to analyze the Oregon State University environment as perceived by students, faculty and student services staff. The students were divided into two age groups to determine if there were any major differences in perception based on age. Three hundred and twenty-three people, representing four population groups, were selected for participation in this study. The groups selected, and the percentage of questionnaire return are as follows: students 17-24 years of age (58%); students 25 years of age over (66%); faculty (52%); and student services staff (64%). The responses of this population to the 160 items, College and University Environment Scales, provided the basic data for this study. An analysis of variance design was used to determine the significance of the differences between the perceptions of the four groups. Within the limitations of this study the following major conclusions were drawn: 1. There were no significant differences found in the environmental perceptions made by any of the four groups. 2. The age of the students did not effect their perception of the university environment. 3. There was no difference between student and staff perceptions of the university environment. 4. On the basis of the results of this study changes in the Oregon State University environment should not be made solely to accommodate older students. Further study of age difference should be carried out prior to any decision making in this area.
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