ERIC Number: ED122720
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Dec
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Commuting Student Lacks Advantages of Dorm Resident.
Peterson, Nancy A.
Comment, n23 p1-12 Dec 1975
College and university students who live in campus residence halls are found to have a significant educational advantage over those who commute to campus, either from their parents' homes or from apartments or other off-campus housing. Residence hall dwellers are better off financially, educationally, and in other ways to begin with. Then, largely because of their greater involvement in various educational and developmental activities, they make significantly greater gains, particularly in nonacademic personal development. Methods for accommodating the special needs of commuters at the University of Minnesota and elsewhere are described. They include procedures and plans for dealing with transportation, food service, lounge space, and programming. The establishment at Minnesota of "dorm houses" and suburban study centers by the Institute of Technology is described. It is felt that these facilities have probably helped raise the performance and retention rate of each entering class since the mid-1960's. (LBH)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Commuter Colleges, Commuting Students, Dining Facilities, Dormitories, Extracurricular Activities, Higher Education, Residential Schools, School Holding Power, Student Participation, Student Transportation, Study Facilities
Center for Educational Development, 317 Walter Library, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455
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