Culminating Project Title
Date of Award
Culminating Project Type
Higher Education Administration: M.S.
Educational Administration and Higher Education
School of Education
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Keywords and Subject Headings
Graduate Student, Engagement, Master’s Student, Graduate Degree
This study evaluated the way in which master’s degree students report engagement at three institutions within the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System (MnSCU. Utilizing a quantitative online survey, participants’ perspectives were compared based on age, relationship status, and family status to determine factors which influence their engagement. Overall, the population reported engagement as related to both academic and social factors; however, their views of the statistically significant factors differed.
Key factors included family, academic, and work demands. Single participants, 20-24 year olds, and single participants who either had no children or were expecting were more likely to report statistically significant factors as having a positive influence on their engagement, whether academically or socially. Conversely, those who identified as engaged or married, 31-61 year olds, or those who have children reported more challenges in their engagement. The study successfully provided framework as to the views and needs of master’s students, including examples of sub-populations who would benefit from increased support, it also demonstrated the need for additional research on master’s students, both overall and within sub-populations.
Lindsay, Caitlin, "Engaging Master’s Students: The Forgotten Population" (2016). Culminating Projects in Higher Education Administration. 5.