Exploring Undergraduate Students’ Perceived Sense of Belonging: Making Orange the New Black

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Abstract

The University of Johannesburg annually administers an Undergraduate Student Experience Survey to elicit important strategic information and feedback from its students. The questionnaire and collection methods have evolved over the years; however the core elements were kept the same. During that time, the composition of the diverse student body has also changed. Analyses of the student responses disclosed new factors that have gained importance in the minds of the students. An inquiry (2014) into one of the most influential indicators, namely, ‘student belonging’ unveiled interesting new connections with regard to the UJ student reality. Multiple CHAID (tree) analyses were administered on each subsection of the questionnaire in an attempt to identify items that significantly predict a sense of belonging. The results revealed practical suggestions to improve student support focused on cultivating the UJ students’ perceived sense of belonging.

Keywords

Student belonging Sense of belonging Student experience CHAID analyses Indicators 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of JohannesburgJohannesburgSouth Africa

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