Motivating College Students: Evidence from 20 Years of Anonymous Student Evaluations
Higher Education Research
Volume 4, Issue 2, April 2019, Pages: 42-45
Received: May 12, 2019; Accepted: Jun. 15, 2019; Published: Jun. 26, 2019
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Steven B. Oppenheimer, Department of Biology and Center for Cancer and Developmental Biology, California State University, Northridge, U.S.A
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Abstract
The career outcomes of hundreds of college students, mostly biology majors, mentored by U.S. Presidential Awardee (PAESMEM) Steven Oppenheimer, over a 47 year period, at California State University, Northridge, were tracked and recorded. The motivational strategies that putatively helped lead to these career outcomes were gleaned from 20 years of anonymous student evaluations. In addition, evidence is presented that the motivational strategies, in some cases, were a likely cause of student career success and not just correlated with it. The student evaluations suggest that boundless energy, enthusiasm, clarity and organization keep students excited and engaged, helping to motivate them to succeed. Motivation at the pre-college level is also discussed, as by the time students enter college their career choices are often already made. These programs helped win a U.S. Presidential Award, the highest U.S. Award for student mentoring.
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Motivational Strategies, US. Presidential Award, 20 Years of Anonymous Student Evaluations
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Steven B. Oppenheimer, Motivating College Students: Evidence from 20 Years of Anonymous Student Evaluations, Higher Education Research. Vol. 4, No. 2, 2019, pp. 42-45. doi: 10.11648/j.her.20190402.14
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