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ERIC Number: EJ785252
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 26
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0361-0365
The Impact of On-Campus Student Growth on First-year Student Engagement and Success
LaNasa, Steven M.; Olson, Elizabeth; Alleman, Natalie
Research in Higher Education, v48 n8 p941-966 Dec 2007
During the past two decades institutions of all types have sought to expand and enhance residential facilities. Institutional focus on scale, configuration, amenities, and academic integration has sought to leverage prior research documenting the multiple and often positive impacts of on-campus residence. Although institutional size has been documented to differentially impact student engagement [Kezar, A. J. (2006). "NASPA Journal" 43(1): 87-114], few studies, however, have directly explored the effect of residential expansion on student engagement. This study, based on a sample of 731 first-time freshmen explores NSSE results before and after the opening of a residential facility that doubled on-campus living at a single, metropolitan institution. Results indicate limited positive differences after opening, and suggest that structure, in the form of size, does not, in and of itself, contribute significantly to shifting engagement. Additionally, these results suggest an alternative method for using NSSE data in institutional analyses.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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