Robert M. Gonyea

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Because it is often impractical or impossible to obtain school transcripts or records on subjects, many researchers rely on college students to accurately self-report their academic record as part of their data collection procedures. The purpose of this study is to investigate the validity and reliability of student self-reported academic performance. As(More)
Distance learning is the fastest growing segment of postsecondary education. Almost 3 million students took at least one online course in fall 2005, an increase of more than 800,000 over the previous year (Allen and Seaman 2006). At the same time, questions persist about the quality of online learning. In one recent study, about two-fifths of senior(More)
This paper examines the engagement patterns of male and female undergraduates in different types of baccalaureate-granting institutions. Descriptive statistics and hierarchical linear modeling show that on balance, undergraduate women participate more frequently than their male counterparts in educationally purposeful activities. Male first-year and senior(More)
Although institutional characteristics are assumed to influence student learning and intellectual development, this link has not been confirmed empirically. This study examined whether institutional mission, as represented by Carnegie classification, is related to student learning and development. After controlling for student background characteristics, no(More)
Engagement is in vogue. The term has proliferated widely in higher education, with civic engagement, community engagement, scholarship of engagement, and student engagement peppering the discourse. It has even penetrated the upper reaches of the organizational chart, with vice presidents, vice provosts, associate or assistant vice presidents and provosts,(More)
students took at least one online course in fall 2005, an increase of more than 800,000 over the previous year (Allen and Seaman 2006). At the same time, questions persist about the quality of online learning. In one recent study, about two-fifths of senior academic officers at U.S. degree-granting higher education institutions expressed a belief that(More)
Conducted through a collaboration between the Council of Writing Program Administrators (CWPA) and the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), this study identified and tested new variables for examining writing’s relationship to learning and development. Eighty CWPA members helped to establish a consensus model of 27 effective writing practices.(More)
This study examines the nature and value of undergraduate students’ experiences with the academic library. The data represent responses from more than 300,000 students between 1984 and 2002 to the Col­ lege Student Experiences Questionnaire. Although library use did not appear to make independent contributions to desirable outcomes of college, such(More)
Using data from the 2006 cohort of the Wabash National Study of Liberal Arts Education, we examined the relationships between three approaches to measuring student learning outcomes (direct-assessment learning gains, self-reported gains, and college grades) and student persistence from the first to second year. Results from a series of logistic regressions(More)
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