ERIC Number: ED319275
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
A Schine-ing Example: How To Evaluate the College Union.
Peters, Thomas J.; Yonai, Barbara A.
ACU-I Bulletin, v57 n6 p25-30 Nov 1989
The idea of making college students more comfortable with their campus environment through involvement in extracurricular activities, thus helping them remain in school, has never been argued by those in the college union field. Nevertheless, efforts and theories in this endeavor have been rarely supported by research and evaluation. Reliable and valid research data can help higher education institutions properly invest in housing, student centers, and recreational facilities and programs for students. The Schine Student Center (Syracuse University, New York) administration and directors of units housed in the student center developed a comprehensive plan for the evaluation of their center including the physical environment, programs offered, and the impact of the Center on student quality of life. With the use of interviews, surveys, focus groups, and record analysis, the Center administrators learned two major lessons: (1) that this type of research is time-consuming and expensive requiring a major commitment, and (2) that most of the college student's intellectual development occurs outside of the classroom, and if a proper space is provided, adequate programs developed, and adequate public notice given about scheduled events, the learning environment becomes stronger, and thus, the university becomes stronger. Contains 4 references. (GLR)
Descriptors: College Students, Educational Environment, Evaluation Methods, Evaluation Research, Extracurricular Activities, Higher Education, Organizational Development, Quality of Life, Student College Relationship, Student Personnel Services, Student Unions, Student Welfare
Association of College Unions-International, 400 East Seventh Street, Bloomington, IN 47405 ($4.00).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
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