Quality of College Life (QCL) of Students: Developing and Validating a Measure of Well-Being
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- Sirgy, M.J., Grzeskowiak, S. & Rahtz, D. Soc Indic Res (2007) 80: 343. doi:10.1007/s11205-005-5921-9
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This paper reports a study designed to develop and validate a measure of quality of college life (QCL) of students. Using a theoretical model based on a build-up approach to QCL, the authors provide an empirical examination of various hierarchical components and their properties. The method is executed in two stages. The first stage is used to clarify the particular elements for inclusion in the model. The second phase uses a sample of students drawn for the campuses of three major universities in the United States. These samples were used to test several hypotheses regarding the model and its components. The results generally provide support. Finally, the discussion centers on the value of the model in application by both university officials and public policy officials in the at-large community.