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Capturing Student Satisfaction: A Case Study on the National Student Survey Results to Identify the Needs of Students in STEM Related Courses for a Better Learning Experience

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School of Computing and Engineering, University of West London, London W5 5RF, UK
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School of Engineering and the Environment, Kingston University, London KT1 2EE, UK
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Educ. Sci. 2020, 10(12), 378; https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci10120378
Received: 18 November 2020 / Revised: 5 December 2020 / Accepted: 8 December 2020 / Published: 14 December 2020
The UK higher education has been one of the top destinations for international students over the last few decades, and it is beneficial to the UK local and national economy. However, recent changes of the governmental policies on the way UK universities are funded and the recession that still affects economies around the world have left many universities around the UK at financial survival risk. With relatively limited access to reduced research funds, student recruitment has a vital importance for most universities. It has been well established in the literature that academic reputation and the level of services have the most significant impact on national and international students. Thus, universities, to maintain their market share, must spend much energy and resources to improve the level of services offered to their students. The recently introduced National Student Survey (NSS) has become one of the most important metrics to assess student satisfaction that influences directly the university league tables and the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), which in turn effects international and national student recruitment. It is not surprising that underpinning student satisfaction has become the major target of UK universities. Therefore, a research investigation has been carried out to identify the most influential factors that comprise to the decision of overall satisfaction for the students studying Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects. On this purpose, a detailed statistical analysis was carried out on the NSS results and it was concluded that there is strong evidence, that “teaching” and “organisation and management” are the vital influential factors on the overall satisfaction of students. View Full-Text
Keywords: statistics; national student survey; student satisfaction statistics; national student survey; student satisfaction
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Sofroniou, A.; Premnath, B.; Poutos, K. Capturing Student Satisfaction: A Case Study on the National Student Survey Results to Identify the Needs of Students in STEM Related Courses for a Better Learning Experience. Educ. Sci. 2020, 10, 378. https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci10120378

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Sofroniou A, Premnath B, Poutos K. Capturing Student Satisfaction: A Case Study on the National Student Survey Results to Identify the Needs of Students in STEM Related Courses for a Better Learning Experience. Education Sciences. 2020; 10(12):378. https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci10120378

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