Parent Expectations of Collegiate Teaching and Caring and its Relationship to their Financial Profile
Alger, Justin Michael
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Parents have been referred to in the popular media as being over-involved and expressing this over-involvement by allegedly boasting they pay the costs of their student’s higher education. Literature regarding parent expectations and its relationship to the mechanics of how parents pay for college has not been studied. The purpose of this study was to determine the expectations parents have of higher education institution and its relationship with their financial profile. This quantitative study merged the Parent Expectations of Collegiate Teaching and Caring (PECTAC) instrument with the COFHE 2007 Parent Survey. This web-based survey explored the expectations of parents of residential, first-year students at a large, public, research university in the north. The web-based merged survey was utilized to collect data from 351 parents at the beginning of the Spring 2011 semester. Parents were asked to rate their expectations using PECTAC teaching and caring item concept and then asked their expectations regarding financial profile concepts. Expectations were analyzed using a one-way MANOVA examination. Findings suggest parental expectations and financial profile were statistically related for the PECTAC Teaching concept of Technology Resources Provided in Support of Learning. Additionally, the study found similar parent expectation scores from the PECTAC Teaching and Caring constructs as the two other applications of the instrument. Finally, this study discussed recommendations for future research including further study of the mechanics of how parents are paying for college, maintenance and further use of the PECTAC, and identifying other independent variables to determine their relationship to Parent Expectations of Collegiate Teaching and Caring.