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 w...
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 t...
THRIVING
def: the psychological state in
which individuals experience both
a sense of vitality and a sense of
learning at ...
Thriving
at work
• Split into Affective and
Cognitive elements
• Operationalized:
• Vitality
• Learning
• Discrete constru...
Thriving
Importance
• Fits with goals and mission of SFSU
• Predicts:
• 16 % better overall performance
• 125% less burnou...
Thriving
Importance
• Identify areas where SFSU can improve
• Student life
• Enhanced organizational image
• Superior educ...
Thriving
Importance
• Presidential Investiture:
“XLR8 – New Momentum for a New Era”
• Pulse Survey
Biannual survey on a va...
Thriving Survey
Validated Thriving Scale (Porath, 2012)
Learning Items
I find myself learning often
I continue to learn as...
Research on college-life-related
thriving will inform a critical missing
information gap between childhood
and livelihood ...
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 wh...
Preliminary
SurveyFactors (Facility):
Expensive Books
Library
Lack of Sleep
Sense of Community
Class Availability
Commute ...
Preliminary
SurveyFactors (Facility):
Expensive Books
Library
Lack of Sleep
Sense of Community
Class Availability
Commute ...
Preliminary
SurveyFactors: (Students Characteristics)
Punctuality
Club Involvement
Strong Interest
High Stress
Focused
Pla...
Preliminary
SurveyFactors: (Students Characteristics)
Punctuality
Club Involvement
Strong Interest
High Stress
Focused
Pla...
Preliminary
SurveyOther Factors:
Networking with Professionals
Friends and Family
Music
Exercise
Learning something new on...
Department Survey
Online via Qualtrics
Biodata and Questions on the factors
44 Questions
Thriving Scale(Porath, 2012)
10 Q...
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:
• Learn...
School-Related Experiences
that Lead to Thriving
1. Perceiving a fair grading
system by professors
2. Having an interest i...
High Negative Responses
1. Perceiving a fair grading
system by professors
2. Having an interest in the
subject matter (10,...
Comparison of Groups
on Thriving
No significant difference found between:
• 35 undergraduate and 26 graduate
students.
• 1...
Impact of SFSU Being a
Commuter School
• 55% commuted over 30 minutes
• Slight inverse relationship
with Thriving
47minute...
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
ORGAN...
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 ...
Future Research
• Attain more representative sample from all
majors
• Results can be used as a comparison to future
change...
Q & A
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An Investigation of Student Thriving

  1. 1. Thriving at San Francisco State University Patrick Cheng, Matt DeGennaro, Daniel Maurath, Sean White, & Kenson Wong
  2. 2. 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
  3. 3. AGENDA Preliminary Survey Survey Data Analysis Recommendations Future Research
  4. 4. 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.
  5. 5. 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)
  6. 6. Thriving at work • Split into Affective and Cognitive elements • Operationalized: • Vitality • Learning • Discrete construct separate from engagement, vigor, well-being, flow etc.
  7. 7. 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
  8. 8. Thriving Importance • Identify areas where SFSU can improve • Student life • Enhanced organizational image • Superior educational brand
  9. 9. Thriving Importance • Presidential Investiture: “XLR8 – New Momentum for a New Era” • Pulse Survey Biannual survey on a variety of campus issues. (link)
  10. 10. 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
  11. 11. Research on college-life-related thriving will inform a critical missing information gap between childhood and livelihood thriving dimensions.
  12. 12. Literature Review Preliminary Survey Survey
  13. 13. Literature Review What are the Factors that Prevent or Promote Thriving?
  14. 14. Preliminary SurveyPaper and Pencil 2 Forms 16 Questions Sample 38 Undergraduate Students 97% Psychology Majors 304 Answers
  15. 15. 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?
  16. 16. 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
  17. 17. 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
  18. 18. Preliminary SurveyFactors: (Students Characteristics) Punctuality Club Involvement Strong Interest High Stress Focused Planning Goal-Oriented Flow Motivated Actively Engaged Leadership Ability Creativity Organizational Skills
  19. 19. Preliminary SurveyFactors: (Students Characteristics) Punctuality Club Involvement Strong Interest High Stress Focused Planning Goal-Oriented Flow Motivated Actively Engaged Leadership Ability Creativity Organizational Skills
  20. 20. 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
  21. 21. Department Survey Online via Qualtrics Biodata and Questions on the factors 44 Questions Thriving Scale(Porath, 2012) 10 Questions Sample: Undergraduates and Graduate Students
  22. 22. Demographics Male Female Other Total Graduate Students 8 18 0 26 Undergraduate Students 10 24 1 35 Total (N) 18 42 1 61
  23. 23. SFSU vs. Young Professionals 0 2 2 26 30 1 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 SFSU M = 4.86 SD = .70
  24. 24. 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
  25. 25. 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)
  26. 26. 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)
  27. 27. 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)
  28. 28. Comparison of Groups on Thriving No significant difference found between: • 35 undergraduate and 26 graduate students. • 18 male and 42 female students.
  29. 29. Impact of SFSU Being a Commuter School • 55% commuted over 30 minutes • Slight inverse relationship with Thriving 47minute Average Commute Time
  30. 30. 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
  31. 31. Thriving Interventions Apply to All • No differences found for Education Level, Gender or Commute Time
  32. 32. Member 10 Not A Member 51 Student Experience 92% want more school spirit events 77% feel connected to the university ORGANIZATIONAL MEMBERSHIP
  33. 33. Quiet Place to Study for Psychology students 95% commute 72% visit library more than 2x month
  34. 34. Class Availability 99% learned on their own time
  35. 35. Class Availability 99% learned on their own time
  36. 36. • Presidential Investiture: “XLR8: New Momentum for a New Era” Improve branding and image of SFSU
  37. 37. Limitations • Small sample of Psychology students • Graduate Students expected to have high GPA • Assessing “learning” in a learning institution
  38. 38. 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
  39. 39. Q & A
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