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ERIC Number: EJ1006705
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-0882-7249
The Tale of Three Campuses: A Case Study in Outdoor Campus Assessment
Eckert, Erica L.
Facilities Manager, v29 n1 p32-37 Jan-Feb 2013
In a study for APPA's Center for Facilities Research (CFaR), Cain and Reynolds (2006a; 2006b) linked the quality of campus facilities and the attractiveness of campus to college choice among their study's participants but also noted that facilities may not always be the primary motivation. Further, the physical campus environment can impact student feelings of safety and inclusion, their level of involvement in campus life, and their sense of community on campus (Strange & Banning 2000). The importance of the campus environment is clear, but how does an institution know how their campus environment is being perceived? The answer is, quite simply, assessment--and that will be the focus of the remainder of this piece. The data provided here were collected as part of a doctoral dissertation, completed by the author in 2012. The results for three of the eight participating institutions will be detailed as a case study on how a campus planning unit could use an instrument like the Outdoor Physical Campus Assessment to engage in self-study to identify areas of strength and areas for improvement. The campuses presented (with identities removed) in this article were selected for their diverse campus settings and features. (Contains 6 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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