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An organizational analysis on thriving presented for a group project in an Organizational Behavior seminar.

An organizational analysis on thriving presented for a group project in an Organizational Behavior seminar.

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  • Thriving at San Francisco State University Patrick Cheng, Matt DeGennaro, Daniel Maurath, Sean White, & Kenson Wong
  • Our objective was to improve student life at San Francisco State University through an investigation of student thriving within the Psychology Department assessment of the state of the university
  • AGENDA Preliminary Survey Survey Data Analysis Recommendations Future Research
  • Thriving in the literature • Over 7,000 peer reviewed articles when thriving is entered in the ABI/INFORM database • How to define thriving? • Peak performance • Flow • Self-actualization } All speaks to maximizing our potential in a given environment.
  • THRIVING def: the psychological state in which individuals experience both a sense of vitality and a sense of learning at work. (Spreitzer et al., 2005)
  • Thriving at work • Split into Affective and Cognitive elements • Operationalized: • Vitality • Learning • Discrete construct separate from engagement, vigor, well-being, flow etc.
  • Thriving Importance • Fits with goals and mission of SFSU • Predicts: • 16 % better overall performance • 125% less burnout • 32% more organizational commitment • 46% more job satisfaction
  • Thriving Importance • Identify areas where SFSU can improve • Student life • Enhanced organizational image • Superior educational brand
  • Thriving Importance • Presidential Investiture: “XLR8 – New Momentum for a New Era” • Pulse Survey Biannual survey on a variety of campus issues. (link)
  • Thriving Survey Validated Thriving Scale (Porath, 2012) Learning Items I find myself learning often I continue to learn as time goes by I see myself continually improving I am not learning (reverse coded) I am developing a lot as a person Vitality Items I feel alive and vital I have energy and spirit I do not feel very energetic (reverse coded) I feel alert and awake I am looking forward to each new day
  • Research on college-life-related thriving will inform a critical missing information gap between childhood and livelihood thriving dimensions.
  • Literature Review Preliminary Survey Survey
  • Literature Review What are the Factors that Prevent or Promote Thriving?
  • Preliminary SurveyPaper and Pencil 2 Forms 16 Questions Sample 38 Undergraduate Students 97% Psychology Majors 304 Answers
  • At SFSU, what has assisted you to succeed academically? At SFSU, if you are having difficulty academically, do you know where to go for help? And where would you go?
  • Preliminary SurveyFactors (Facility): Expensive Books Library Lack of Sleep Sense of Community Class Availability Commute Time Academic Advisors Faculty’s Supervision Learning Assistance Center SF Career Center Quiet Environment Mental Health Service Safety
  • Preliminary SurveyFactors (Facility): Expensive Books Library Lack of Sleep Sense of Community Class Availability Commute Time Academic Advisors Faculty’s Supervision Learning Assistance Center SF Career Center Quiet Environment Mental Health Service Safety
  • Preliminary SurveyFactors: (Students Characteristics) Punctuality Club Involvement Strong Interest High Stress Focused Planning Goal-Oriented Flow Motivated Actively Engaged Leadership Ability Creativity Organizational Skills
  • Preliminary SurveyFactors: (Students Characteristics) Punctuality Club Involvement Strong Interest High Stress Focused Planning Goal-Oriented Flow Motivated Actively Engaged Leadership Ability Creativity Organizational Skills
  • Preliminary SurveyOther Factors: Networking with Professionals Friends and Family Music Exercise Learning something new on your own time Nutrition Financial Stability Connectedness Social Support Perception of Success
  • Department Survey Online via Qualtrics Biodata and Questions on the factors 44 Questions Thriving Scale(Porath, 2012) 10 Questions Sample: Undergraduates and Graduate Students
  • Demographics Male Female Other Total Graduate Students 8 18 0 26 Undergraduate Students 10 24 1 35 Total (N) 18 42 1 61
  • SFSU vs. Young Professionals 0 2 2 26 30 1 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 SFSU M = 4.86 SD = .70
  • 0 2 2 26 30 1 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 SFSU M = 4.86 SD = .70 SFSU vs. Young Professionals d = 1.48 Norm M = 5.96 SD = .78
  • Characteristics: • Punctual • Motivated • Goal Oriented • Engaged • Leadership • Creative • Organized Experiences: • Learning new things often • Always developing themselves • Feeling alive and vital • Having energy and spirit • Feeling alert and awake • Looking forward to each new day Profile Of High Thriver (rs = .30 to .51) (rs = .48 to .76)
  • School-Related Experiences that Lead to Thriving 1. Perceiving a fair grading system by professors 2. Having an interest in the subject matter 3. Feeling connected with the university 4. Perception of being satisfied with grades1 1. Having a quiet place to study 2. Participating in school spirit events 3. Feeling safe on campus 4. The classes that I want to take are available to me 1There was no statistical relationship found between thriving and actual reported GPA; (r = -.051, p = .698, n.s.) (rs = .35 to .45) (rs = .26 to .32)
  • High Negative Responses 1. Perceiving a fair grading system by professors 2. Having an interest in the subject matter (10, 16%)1 3. Feeling connected with the university (25, 41%) 4. Perception of being satisfied with grades 5. Having a quiet place to study (9, 15%)2 6. Participating in school spirit events 7. Feeling safe on campus 8. The classes that I want to take are available to me (15, 25%)3 1I have the opportunity to take classes that interest me; 256% of these 9 students visit the library at least one a week or more; 3New item found. (rs = .35 to .45) (rs = .26 to .32)
  • Comparison of Groups on Thriving No significant difference found between: • 35 undergraduate and 26 graduate students. • 18 male and 42 female students.
  • Impact of SFSU Being a Commuter School • 55% commuted over 30 minutes • Slight inverse relationship with Thriving 47minute Average Commute Time
  • 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 NumberofStudents Thriving Score Thriving N = 61 M = 4.86 SD = .70
  • Thriving Interventions Apply to All • No differences found for Education Level, Gender or Commute Time
  • Member 10 Not A Member 51 Student Experience 92% want more school spirit events 77% feel connected to the university ORGANIZATIONAL MEMBERSHIP
  • Quiet Place to Study for Psychology students 95% commute 72% visit library more than 2x month
  • Class Availability 99% learned on their own time
  • Class Availability 99% learned on their own time
  • • Presidential Investiture: “XLR8: New Momentum for a New Era” Improve branding and image of SFSU
  • Limitations • Small sample of Psychology students • Graduate Students expected to have high GPA • Assessing “learning” in a learning institution
  • Future Research • Attain more representative sample from all majors • Results can be used as a comparison to future changes (SF state president trying to change image right now) • Expand to a longitudinal study to examine if low thriving sustains
  • Q & A