Social Indicators Research

, Volume 80, Issue 2, pp 343–360 | Cite as

Quality of College Life (QCL) of Students: Developing and Validating a Measure of Well-Being

  • M. Joseph Sirgy
  • Stephan Grzeskowiak
  • Don Rahtz


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.

Key words

college student quality of life college student well-being quality of college life of students university student quality of life university student well-being 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Joseph Sirgy
    • 1
  • Stephan Grzeskowiak
    • 2
  • Don Rahtz
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of MarketingPamplin College of Business, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityBlacksburgUSA
  2. 2.Marketing DepartmentSt. Thomas UniversitySt. PaulUSA
  3. 3.Department of MarketingCollege of William and MaryWilliamsburgUSA

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