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Title:Tuition loans and their effect on college student spending habits.
Author(s):Comes, Peter; Franzwa, Joe; Sommer, Everett
Subject(s):Tuition loans
college student debt
college student spending habits
salary expectations
Issue Date:2008
Course / Semester:ACE 398, Research Methods for Consumer Economics and Finance, Prof. Mary Arends-Kuenning: This course was designed as a critical inquiry course, where students came up with questions that they wanted to answer and then learned how to answer them. As part of the Ethnography of the University (EUI) initiative at the University of Illinois ( students created new knowledge about the university, with the goal that their research would become part of a permanent archive for other students and researchers to use in the future. The research questions they defined focused on the topics of the savings, consumption, and time allocation behavior of University of Illinois students. As a class, students collected both qualitative and quantitative data to answer their research questions. Qualitative data included data from in-depth interviews and from focus group discussions. Quantitative data involved data that could be codified and analyzed using statistical methods. To this end, students collected quantitative data through use of an online survey. Finally, students analyzed their data and produced research papers. The course syllabus is available at:
Date Available in IDEALS:2010-02-07

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