A Multivariate Study of Graduate Student Satisfaction and Other Outcomes Within Cooperative Research Centers

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dc.contributor.advisor Robert Serow, Committee Member en_US
dc.contributor.advisor Denis Gray, Committee Chair en_US
dc.contributor.advisor Lori Foster Thompson, Committee Member en_US
dc.contributor.author Schneider, Jennifer Shields en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2010-04-02T17:52:50Z
dc.date.available 2010-04-02T17:52:50Z
dc.date.issued 2007-04-24 en_US
dc.identifier.other etd-03202007-083548 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/resolver/1840.16/52
dc.description.abstract Graduate students who participate in Cooperative Research Centers are perceived as having educational advantages such as interactions with industry members, career opportunities, increased scholarly production, and development of soft skills (teamwork, communication, leadership). However, these educational advantages are mostly speculative assumptions. Evaluation of Cooperative Research Centers occurs regularly on several components of the program; yet, there is a lack of information and analysis concerning graduate students involved with the centers. Consequently, center programs are missing opportunities to enhance their educational outcomes. A cross-sectional predictive analysis was conducted to identify which individual center mechanisms positively or negatively influence graduate student outcomes. Data was collected from graduate students (n=190, 37% useable response rate) working in National Science Foundation's I⁄UCRC and STC programs (34 centers, 87% response rate) via a web-based questionnaire. Student outcomes include satisfaction, perceived skills, organizational commitment, scholarly achievements, career goals, and feelings of a competitive advantage. Results indicate that consistent and powerful predictive variables include: Multidisciplinary Center Experience, Experiential Expanded Center Experiences, Technical Project Involvement, and frequency of interactions with thesis/dissertation committee and Center industry members. Another major finding of the study was that students' center experiences predict outcomes but center groupings do not. en_US
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dc.subject Industry University Collaboration en_US
dc.subject Graduate Education en_US
dc.subject Engineering Education en_US
dc.subject Cooperative Research Centers en_US
dc.subject Experiential Education en_US
dc.subject National Science Foundation en_US
dc.subject Soft Skills en_US
dc.title A Multivariate Study of Graduate Student Satisfaction and Other Outcomes Within Cooperative Research Centers en_US
dc.degree.name MS en_US
dc.degree.level thesis en_US
dc.degree.discipline Psychology en_US


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