Research in Higher Education

, Volume 16, Issue 2, pp 115–138

The effect of student-faculty interaction on students' educational outcomes

  • Jean J. Endo
  • Richard L. Harpel

DOI: 10.1007/BF00973505

Cite this article as:
Endo, J.J. & Harpel, R.L. Res High Educ (1982) 16: 115. doi:10.1007/BF00973505


This study examined the effects of four aspects of student-faculty interaction (frequency of formal interaction, frequency of informal interaction, quality of faculty advising, and helpfulness of faculty) on a variety of student outcomes after four years. These effects were examined within a context of a causal model adapted from Astin's general college impact model. Outcomes data were gathered from a 1975 Freshman Questionnaire and a 1979 Graduating Students Survey. The results provided support for the importance of student-faculty interaction on the intellectual and personal/social outcomes of college and students' satisfaction with their educational experience.

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© Agathon Press, Inc 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jean J. Endo
    • 1
  • Richard L. Harpel
    • 2
  1. 1.Office of Academic PlanningUSA
  2. 2.University of ColoradoBoulder