ERIC Number: ED243043
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
An Evaluation of Life in the Residence Halls at Indiana University from an Ecosystem Perspective: 1983.
Bumba, Russ; And Others
An ecosystem approach to evaluation attempts to involve those responding to the evaluation in the process of redesigning the environment. To evaluate residence hall life at Indiana University in 1983 using an ecosystem approach, 799 systematically selected college residence hall inhabitants (58% female, 49% freshmen) completed a questionnaire including forced-choice items and an environmental referrant section. In the environmental referrant section, students identified not more than five items on which they felt strongly, and described why they felt as they did and how the issues could be enhanced. The results of the 1983 study were compared with previous survey results from 1978 to 1982. Conlusions drawn from the results indicated that residence hall programming efforts had improved over the years and students were more satisfied with the programs available in the halls in 1983 than over the past six years. Residence hall staff were highly regarded by students, especially custodians and resident assistants. Student government was doing a good job of providing leadership opportunities for students and responded well to student needs. Printed material that was provided to students was adequate, and study conditions and the general atmosphere in the halls were perceived positively by students. Food service was doing a fairly good job of meeting student needs. Finally, students liked living in the residence halls. (The evaluation questionnaire and data analysis per questionnaire item are appended.) (BL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Indiana University
Note: For related documents, see ED 170 665, ED 200 884, ED 217 302, and ED 232 086.