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        Project 5.3 on Student Learning and Assessment

                The Undergraduate Student Survey:                 

Use of Factor Scales and Individual Variables in Survey Data Analysis

Current research conducted by Project 5.3 of the National Center for Postsecondary Improvement (NCPI) indicates that several variables factor particularly well into scales that can be used to analyze survey data.  Researchers may want to consider the following list of variables and factor scales when designing survey instruments and/or analyzing survey data. 

NCPI scale reliabilities are listed for those interested in using some of the variable sets as factors.  The scale reliabilities are based on a sample of seven institutions (two community colleges, one liberal arts college, two comprehensive institutions, and one research university).

Variables and Factors extracted from the Undergraduate Student Survey

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