ERIC Number: ED507068
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Campus Snapshot: Assessing the Campus Environment through a Student Lens
Pizzuti-Ashby, Jacqueline G.; Alary, Donna G.
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Association for Institutional Research Conference, (Seattle, Washington, May 2008)
This qualitative study represents perceptions of students regarding campus environment and campus life at University College of the Fraser Valley (UCFV), a public four-year university-college located in British Columbia, Canada. Employing a unique methodology, referred to as reflexive photography, student participants were asked to photograph and journal about spaces on campus they thought represented the institution's uniqueness, in addition to what they liked about the campus, and what they observed should be changed. These three categories were created to determine: (1) symbolic images of the campus environment and campus life that reveal the institution's identity; (2) services, programs, or spaces students enjoy; and (3) areas that create barriers to a student's academic experience. Analysis of the participants' photographs and journals indicated five interrelated themes: student support services, student space, venues for self-expression, the physical environment of the campus, and its physical growth. The results of this study were presented to policymakers as recommendations to the planning and development of the institution's academic and physical environment.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada