ERIC Number: ED082640
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973
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A Comparison of University Residence Halls.
Lewis, Joan A.; Sedlacek, William E.
New freshmen living in dorms during the academic year 1971-72 were compared on several dimensions, depending on the type of dorm in which they lived, in three ways: (1) coed students vs. students in all male or all females dorms; (2) students in high-rise dorms vs. those in low-rise dorms; and (3) students in unlimited visitation hours dorms vs. those in dorms with limited visitation hours. They were compared on the following dimensions: (1) academic achievements; (2) attrition from the university; (3) University Student Census responses; (4) cost of physical damage to buildings; and (5) number of reported incidents such as theft, vandalism, and disturbances. No significant differences were found among residents in the different types of dorms on academic achievement or attrition. Some scattered differences were found on responses to the census. Coed and male dorms reported generally more building damage and incidents than female dorms. High-rise dorms generally reported more damages and incidents than low-rise dorms. Limited visitation hours dorms reported less incidents overall than unlimited visitation hours dorms, but reported higher damage costs than the unlimited hours dorms. This study suggests that type of housing is not a key element in the lives of most students. (Author)
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Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Counseling Center.