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The Meaning of Academic Life
The Review of Higher Education
  • Linda Serra Hagedorn, Iowa State University
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
4-1-2012
DOI
10.1353/rhe.2012.0024
Abstract

This address reports the findings of a survey of higher education colleagues on the degree of happiness associated with personal definitions of “meaning of life” and “purpose in life.” Using a unique sliding scale, the survey draws items from the Oxford Happiness Project among other sources and began with all ASHE members (N = 1,904) with a final response rate of 38%. The highestscoring responses were “serving others” and having meaningful relationships. Responses from graduate students and emeriti faculty/administrators showed particularly interesting patterns. The article includes the original survey so that those who did not participate initially can still take the survey and calculate their own ratings.

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This article is from The Review of Higher Education 35 (2012): 485–512, doi:10.1353/rhe.2012.0024. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner
Association for the Study of Higher Education
Language
en
File Format
application/pdf
Citation Information
Linda Serra Hagedorn. "The Meaning of Academic Life" The Review of Higher Education Vol. 35 Iss. 3 (2012) p. 485 - 512
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/linda_hagedorn/33/