Student Affairs by the Numbers: Quantitative Research and Statistics for Professionals

Student Affairs by the Numbers: Quantitative Research and Statistics for Professionals

by Rishi Sriram


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Student Affairs by the Numbers: Quantitative Research and Statistics for Professionals by Rishi Sriram

Student Affairs by the Numbers aims to be the go-to book for student affairs professionals who want to know the basics of quantitative research and statistics for their work. Books on assessment in student affairs tend to discuss processes more than research design and statistics. Most books on statistics share too much information for practitioners, overwhelming them and making it difficult to discern what they need to know. Since these books do not use examples from student affairs, it is even more difficult for practitioners to connect with new concepts.

Student Affairs professionals need to know how to design a study, collect data, analyze data, interpret results, and present the results in an understandable manner. This book will begin by establishing the need for these skills in student affairs and then quickly move to how to develop a research culture, how to conduct research, how to understand statistics, and concluding with how to change our research/assessment behaviors in order to make higher education better for students.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620364529
Publisher: Stylus Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 06/30/2017
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Rishi Sriram serves as Associate Professor of Higher Education & Student Affairs, Associate Chair for the Department of Educational Leadership, and Residential College Faculty Steward of Brooks Residential College–a living-learning community of approximately 400 students, at Baylor University.

Dr. Sriram spent eight years as a higher education and student affairs administrator before beginning his current role as a professor. He played a primary role in the development of residential colleges and living-learning programs at Baylor, as well as the establishment of a faculty-in-residence program. His administrative work won him a NASPA Excellence Award (Gold Honoree) and a Promising Practices Award from the NASPA Student Affairs Partnering with Academic Affairs Knowledge Community.

Dr. Sriram’s research interests include student affairs practice, collaboration between academic and student affairs, and college student retention, engagement, achievement, and learning. His work has been published in respected journals such as the Journal of College Student Development, the Review of Higher Education, the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, and the Journal of College Student Retention. He has served on the editorial/review boards of several higher education journals and also served as the first Director of Research for the Texas Association of College and University Student Personnel Administrators.

Table of Contents


1) Student Affairs, Fast and Slow
2) An Introduction to Research
3) Developing a Research Paradigm
4) Research Design
5) The Theory Behind Survey Design
6) Survey Design in Practice
7) Basic Statistics
8) Statistical Approach for the Question of Relationship
9) Statistical Approach for Comparing Groups
10) Statistical Approach for Predicting Groups
11) Statistical Approach for Analyzing Structure
12) How This Book Should Change Your Life

Appendix: Final Exam


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