Factors influencing student choice : A study of a Malaysian Public University

Peter, Songan and Hong, Kian Sam and Gabriel, Tonga and Mustafa, Abdul Rahman and Tan, Kok Wah (2010) Factors influencing student choice : A study of a Malaysian Public University. Asian Journal of University Education (2010) Vol. 6 No.1, 75-89.

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Abstract

This paper discusses a study of the information sources employed by students to get information regarding University Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) and also the factors influencing students' choice of UNIMAS. In addition, differences in sources of information and factors of influence based on types of faculty and selected student demographics were also examined. This crosssectional survey research was carried out with a sample consisting of 1,396 first-year students in UNIMAS. The findings of the study showed that "Word of mouth through friends and relatives" and "UNIMAS website" were the two main sources of information. Furthermore, "Academic Program Choice ", "Quality of Teaching and Academics", "Employment Prospect" and "University Choice" were factors contributing towards students selecting UNIMAS to pursue their studies. Inferential statistical analyses consisting of independent t-tests and One-way ANOVA yielded mixed results that could have implications for UNIMAS and other public higher education institutions in employing appropriate strategies to target different segments of prospective students.

Item Type: E-Article
Additional Information: Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, UNIMAS
Subjects: A General Works > AC Collections. Series. Collected works
A General Works > AC Collections. Series. Collected works
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Cognitive Sciences and Human Development
Depositing User: Karen Kornalius
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2014 07:13
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2014 02:11
URI: http://ir.unimas.my/id/eprint/3452

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