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Parent expectations of collegiate teaching and caring

W. Wayne Young, University of Nebraska - Lincoln


This exploratory research determined parent expectations of their traditionally-aged student's postsecondary institution with an investigator developed and validated survey entitled the PECTAC (Parent Expectations of Collegiate Teaching and Caring). The PECTAC instrument was predicated upon a culling from relevant literature to reflect topics and issues related to the teaching and caring functions of a private and religiously-affiliated Midwestern university. Parent participants were asked to provide basic demographic information in addition to ranking each item based on perceived importance. ^ A web-based survey software package was used to collect data from 475 participants. Dependent variables of parent gender and first-time college parent status were used to investigate differences between and among various sub-populations. ^ The findings from the study allowed for claiming the following: female parents expected significantly more from the university with regard to caring and teaching functions; status as a first-time college parent was not perceived to be of notable importance; and parents considered the caring functions to be of greater importance than the teaching functions.^

Subject Area

Education, Administration|Education, Guidance and Counseling

Recommended Citation

Young, W. Wayne, "Parent expectations of collegiate teaching and caring" (2006). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. AAI3236911.