ERIC Number: ED060827
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Jan
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The Relations Between Student Organizations and the Wider University. Final Report.
Gamson, Zelda F.
This report presents the findings from a study of student organizations at the University of Michigan. Four religious groups, 5 political groups, 10 sororities and 10 fraternities were chosen to represent a range of groups within each of the types. The study was undertaken to determine (1) the impact of formal student organizations on their membership, (2) the diversity and similarity of group characteristics, (3) the recruitment process into these groups, and (4) the relations between the groups and the larger university. The study documents the variability among student organizations across types and within types. Attempts to understand the basis of similarities and differences among groups led to 2 major sets of findings: (1) groups develop different ways of integrating their members based on values, on the one hand, and affective ties on the other; and (2) groups' internal processes are connected with their relationships with the larger university. Bringing these 2 themes together, the study shows that value integration inside groups is related to a high sense of value difference with the university. Affective integration is related to interaction with other parts of the university. (Author)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor. Survey Research Center.