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Peer and Graduate Leader Contributions to the University 101 Student Experience

 

Summary

End-of-course evaluations from fall 2016 show the vast majority of UNIV 101 students agreed their peer or graduate leader made valuable and beneficial contributions to their UNIV 101 classroom and first-semester experience (see Table 1). End-of-course evaluations presented students with a series of six statements about their peer or graduate leader and asked them to indicate their level of agreement (strongly agree, agree, neutral, disagree, or strongly disagree) with each item. Statements measured the peer and graduate leaders’ contributions in the classroom, their approachability, their stature as a role model and resource, as well as their role in helping students make a successful transition to college. Students also were asked to evaluate the peer and graduate leaders’ impact on their overall UNIV 101 experience.

Figures 1 and 2 present longitudinal data showing that students’ satisfaction with their peer and graduate leaders’ contributions is high each year, with satisfaction in four of the six areas increasing in fall 2016.


Table 1

Student Satisfaction with Peer and Graduate Leader Contributions, Fall 2016  
n Mean
% Agreed
My peer/graduate leader made important contributions to the class.
3454
4.83 97.4%
My peer/graduate leader was approachable.
3453
4.88
98.1%
My peer/graduate leader was an appropriate role model.
3451
4.87 97.9%
My peer/graduate leader was a valuable part of my University 101 experience. 3449 4.82 96.4%
My peer/graduate leader helped me make a successful transition to the university. 3456 4.74 93.9%
My peer/graduate leader was a valuable resource. 3453 4.80 96.2%
       

Note. Data from fall 2016 UNIV 101 end-of-course evaluation. Mean on 5-point scale. Percentage represents the number of students who strongly agreed or agreed with the statement.

 

Figure 1. Student satisfaction with peer and graduate leaders’ role and contributions, fall semesters 2012-2016. Data retrieved from UNIV 101 end-of-course evaluations and presented on a 5-point scale. Note: Peer and graduate leaders’ approachability not addressed on end-of-course evaluations prior to 2014.

Figure 2. Student satisfaction with peer and graduate leaders’ role and contributions, fall semesters 2012-2016 (cont.). Data retrieved from UNIV 101 end-of-course evaluations and presented on a 5-point scale.