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Research conducted at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM) provided comparisons for 1990, 1993, and 1996 of undergraduate students' satisfaction and participation at college. The survey instrument used was the College Student Experiences Questionnaire, which included measures of the amount of progress perceived by students in 23 different academic and social/personal areas. The overall satisfaction of students with their educational experiences at UHM increased slightly from 1990 to 1993, but decreased from 1993 to 1996. Respondents also rated the emphasis given by UHM to the following aspects of their college environment: academic, aesthetic, analytical, vocational, and course relevancy. While there was little change in student involvement in academic, personal/social, student union, and campus residence activities over the period studied, declines were found in student involvement in library activities, art activities, use of athletic and recreational facilities, and clubs and organizations. While students reported an upward trend in their familiarity with computers, a downward trend was reported in vocational competence, mainly in gaining career information, specializing for further education, and acquiring training for a specific job or field. No significant differences were found in student ratings of their college relationships with other students, faculty, and administrators. Seven data tables are appended. (Contains 12 references.) (SW)

Descriptors: Academic Achievement, College Environment, Education Work Relationship, Higher Education, Institutional Research, Learning Experience, Student Attitudes, Student College Relationship, Student Experience, Student Participation, Trend Analysis, Undergraduate Students

Autor: Harms, Joan Y.


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