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ERIC Number: ED545806
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 252
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2674-9161-9
Living and Learning: "Does Residence Hall Roommate Placement of Traditional Freshman Students at MSOE Effect Their Satisfaction with the Residence Halls?"
Breese, William Ellis, II
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Cardinal Stritch University
The purpose of this study is to examine if residence hall roommate placement of traditional freshman students at MSOE affects their satisfaction with the residence halls. The idea behind this study is that if residence hall roommate placement is done purposefully, with the participation of incoming freshmen through appropriate placement questionnaires, new freshmen will face less conflict within their living environment and therefore be more satisfied in the residence halls. The study addressed these three research questions: 1. Who are MSOE's traditional freshmen resident students? 2. What effect does roommate placement in the MSOE's residence halls have on traditional freshmen resident satisfaction? 3. What is the best practice to place MSOE's traditional freshmen residents as roommates? The research approach that was employed to answer the research questions was a mixed-method approach. The data were collected through the use of surveys, focus groups, institutional and high school GPA's, SAT scores, and housing records. The data analyzed in this study suggests that roommate placement does have an effect on the satisfaction of MSOE's traditional freshmen residential hall students. The data showed that four areas had a significant impact on the placement of traditional residence hall freshmen students: 1. MSOE needs to develop a placement matching system that encourages early contact between incoming freshmen and their possible roommate choices. 2. Male and female freshmen students should be given slightly different placement surveys that will take into account the differences in expectations that male and female freshmen have with respect to their roommate. 3. Resident Assistant (RA) training should include specialized training on roommate interactions and improve their understanding of the differences between female-to-female and male-to-male interactions. 4. The type of floor a freshman was placed on, (such as a quiet, study or academic floor) had an effect on their roommate satisfaction. MSOE should continue to research and study how to place freshmen on a floor that will encourage growth and help with their satisfaction within the residence halls. By utilizing this study, the researcher hopes to implement new roommate placement systems based on actual data from MSOE students. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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