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ERIC Number: ED124097
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Jun
Pages: 13
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Residence Halls Perceptions Study: A Report of the Perceptions of Students Regarding the Residence Halls at the University of South Carolina. Research Notes No. 33-76.
Wertz, Richard D.; And Others
In an effort to elicit student attitudes concerning residence hall living on campus a questionnaire was designed and administered to a random sample of 1,100 resident students at the University of South Carolina. The survey instrument consisted of a set of sixteen statements that required an "is" and a "should be" response. The greatest disparity between the percentages of respondents who agreed or strongly agreed to an "is" statement and a "should be" statement was with the item "the residence hall is/should be a place where one can study quietly" (52.6 percent/93.3 percent). The item with the highest percentage of agreement was "the residence hall is/should be a place to make new friends" (over 95 percent agreed). The high response rate of the item dealing with opportunities for interaction with the opposite sex reinforced the thinking of the staff about the need for co-ed living. Results were analyzed to compare dormitories and to compare male and female responses and were used by the Residential Life Services staff in planning for residence halls. In general the students expressed satisfaction with the residence hall program of the University. Over 50 percent feel the residence hall is a place to seek advice, to make new friends, to be known as a person and not as a number, to study quietly, to be alone, to find help with courses, to help with one's judgments in solving problems, to provide an opportunity to complete one's growth into adulthood, to sleep, and to party. Questionnaire items and data are included in this report. (JT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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