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Running Head PART TIME ENROLLMENT AND STUDENT FACULTY INTERACTION The Individual and Environmental Effects of Part Time Enrollment Status on Student Faculty Interaction Thomas F Nelson Laird Ty M Cruce Indiana University Division J Section 3 Teaching Learning Assessment and Evaluation Please direct correspondence to Thomas F Nelson Laird Indiana University Bloomington 1900 East Tenth Street Eigenmann Hall Suite 419 Bloomington IN 47406 7512 tflaird indiana edu Abstract Based on over 55 000 responses from seniors at 224 public colleges and universities this study focuses on the difference between full time and part time students interactions with faculty the effect of those interactions on self reported gains in general education and the differential impact of institutions with greater percentages of part time students We found not surprisingly that part time students interact with faculty less and report slightly less gains in general education than their full time peers We also found that the proportion of part time students is a negative predictor of full time student interactions with faculty suggesting that campuses with greater percentages of part time students are negatively effecting the engagement of full time students The effect of student faculty interaction on self reported gains in general education was relatively strong for all students in fact slightly stronger for part time students which implies that campuses that can find a way to increase the student faculty interaction of full time and part time students will see a beneficial impact on student outcomes 2 The Individual and Environmental Effects of Part Time Enrollment Status on Student Faculty Interaction In a recent article offering ten directions for future research on the impact of college Pascarella 2006 praised the efforts of researchers in the 1990s who considered previously ignored students and institutions and he called for the expansion of that work in the current decade to include an



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