Education Doctorate

Year Approved


First Advisor

Dahl, Diane


The use of the cohort model within higher education has produced outcomes that have been either positive and adaptive or dysfunctional and maladaptive due to the unique identities formed by cohorts. The purpose of this study was to examine the cohort model through the lens of group level affect. The study examined whether cohorts of university students developed a group affective tone and whether or not the formation of group affective tone impacted student satisfaction with the cohort experience. The study also examined if susceptibility to emotional contagion and emotional expressivity was related to the degree of affective convergence of cohort members. The study found that student cohorts do form a positive group affective tone and this positive group affective tone is positively related to student satisfaction with their cohort experience. The study also found that susceptibility to the emotion of anger within a cohort was positively related to affective convergence of cohort members. The study discusses the implications of these findings for the use of the student cohort model in higher education.

Degree Name

Education Doctorate

Document Type

Doctoral dissertation