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CSULB Student Satisfaction 2005: Talent Development

Colleges and universities are intensely interested in understanding the extent to which they develop the talents of their students, both cognitively and affectively. In the CSULB Student Satisfaction Survey of 2005, students were asked to rate themselves in each of the following skills before and after attending CSULB. Paired samples t-tests revealed that in nearly all cases, students reported significant growth in key skill areas. Responses were coded on a scale of 1-5, with 1=low and 5=high self-ratings.

Ability to lead groups/projects

Mean

N

Std. Deviation

Std. Error Mean

Before attending: Ability to lead groups/projects

3.39

522

1.144

.050

After attending: Ability to lead groups/projects

3.94

522

.894

.039

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Acquiring new skills/knowledge

Mean

N

Std. Deviation

Std. Error Mean

Before attending: Acquiring new skills/knowledge

3.75

531

.935

.041

After attending: Acquiring new skills/knowledge

4.30

531

.740

.032

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Acquiring a foreign language

Mean

N

Std. Deviation

Std. Error Mean

Before attending: Acquisition of a foreign language

2.88

404

1.241

.062

After attending: Acquisition of a foreign language

3.01

404

1.352

.067

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Analyzing quantitative data

Mean

N

Std. Deviation

Std. Error Mean

Before attending: Analyzing quantitative data

3.19

497

1.073

.048

After attending: Analyzing quantitative data

3.82

497

.972

.044

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Contributing as part of a team

Mean

N

Std. Deviation

Std. Error Mean

Before attending: Contributing as part of a team

3.85

508

1.053

.047

After attending: Contributing as part of a team

4.21

508

.925

.041

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Coping with change

Mean

N

Std. Deviation

Std. Error Mean

Before attending: Coping with change

3.58

520

1.087

.048

After attending: Coping with change

4.16

520

.877

.038

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Enhancing personal health

Mean

N

Std. Deviation

Std. Error Mean

Before attending: Enhancing personal health

3.57

498

1.063

.048

After attending: Enhancing personal health

3.54

498

1.185

.053

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Functioning in a culturally diverse society

Mean

N

Std. Deviation

Std. Error Mean

Before attending: Functioning in a culturally diverse society

3.95

509

1.004

.044

After attending: Functioning in a culturally diverse society

4.31

509

.843

.037

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Integrating various types of information

Mean

N

Std. Deviation

Std. Error Mean

Before attending: Integrating various types of information

3.65

514

.889

.039

After attending: Integrating various types of information

4.14

514

.826

.036

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Interpersonal communication

Mean

N

Std. Deviation

Std. Error Mean

Before attending: Interpersonal communication

3.62

517

1.023

.045

After attending: Interpersonal communication

4.10

517

.875

.038

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Making logical judgments

Mean

N

Std. Deviation

Std. Error Mean

Before attending: Making logical judgments

3.88

525

.930

.041

After attending: Making logical judgments

4.32

525

.730

.032

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Making moral decisions

Mean

N

Std. Deviation

Std. Error Mean

Before attending: Making moral decisions

4.13

516

.925

.041

After attending: Making moral decisions

4.38

516

.809

.036

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Public speaking

Mean

N

Std. Deviation

Std. Error Mean

Before attending: Public speaking

3.08

524

1.221

.053

After attending: Public speaking

3.80

524

1.077

.047

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Understanding and appreciating aesthetics

Mean

N

Std. Deviation

Std. Error Mean

Before attending: Understanding and appreciating aesthetics

3.51

479

1.055

.048

After attending: Understanding and appreciating aesthetics

3.88

479

.976

.045

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Understanding arts/sciences/humanities

Mean

N

Std. Deviation

Std. Error Mean

Before attending: Understanding arts/sciences/humanities

3.49

495

.998

.045

After attending: Understanding arts/sciences/humanities

3.95

495

.904

.041

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Understanding own strengths/weaknesses

Mean

N

Std. Deviation

Std. Error Mean

Before attending: Understanding own strengths/weaknesses

3.57

521

.940

.041

After attending: Understanding own strengths/weaknesses

4.24

521

.769

.034

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Understanding scientific approaches

Mean

N

Std. Deviation

Std. Error Mean

Before attending: Understanding scientific approaches

3.21

498

1.054

.047

After attending: Understanding scientific approaches

3.76

498

1.047

.047

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Volunteering

Mean

N

Std. Deviation

Std. Error Mean

Before attending: Volunteering

2.95

476

1.331

.061

After attending: Volunteering

3.20

476

1.356

.062

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