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Social Indicators Research

, Volume 129, Issue 2, pp 847–862 | Cite as

Students’ Satisfaction and Teaching Efficiency of University Offer

  • Matilde Bini
  • Lucio MasseriniEmail author
Article

Abstract

This study analyses the factors affecting students’ satisfaction with university experience, focusing on the aspects characterising the teaching efficiency of educational offer. For this purpose, organisation of teaching activities, available information, teaching materials, and other facilities offered to students to make their learning experience more successful, are considered as indicators of teaching efficiency. Our interest in this topic is justified by the importance that students’ satisfaction assumes, not only as indicator of the quality of educational services but also for its relationship with overall life satisfaction and subjective well-being. A structural equation model with latent variables is estimated by using survey and administrative data of the University of Pisa. Main findings seem to show that teaching efficiency has a positive effect on satisfaction and suggest that whenever it is inadequate, or at least, considered as such, students are less satisfied for their university experience. The effects of other factors on students’ satisfaction such as studies organisation, social capital and internship experience are also discussed.

Keywords

Students’ satisfaction University education Educational offer Structural equation models Latent variables 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Human SciencesEuropean University of RomeRomeItaly
  2. 2.Statistical ObservatoryUniversity of PisaPisaItaly

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