ERIC Number: EJ882668
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
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When It Rains It Pours: Crises at Oakmont University SACSA Case Study
Akers, C. Ryan; Heiselt, April K.
College Student Affairs Journal, v27 n2 p275-283 Spr 2009
This article presents a case study at Oakmont University where a presidential debate will be held on campus. Oakmont University is a large public research institution located in the Southeastern United States. This Carnegie Doctoral/Research I institution enrolls more than 35,000, 75% undergraduate and 25% graduate students. Located in somewhat of a rural setting, Oakmont is still considered predominantly urban due to its proximity to a large city of 300,000 people within minutes of campus. The demographic breakdown of Oakmont includes approximately 45% White, 20% African-American, 15% Asian, 10% Latino/a, 7% who self-identify as multiple cultures, and 3% international students. At present, Oakmont is preparing for a week of events kicking off the U.S. Presidential Debate season. The end of the week will highlight the Presidential Debate to be held on campus. While all presidential debates are of great historical significance, this is the first time a presidential debate is to be held on this campus. However, due to some of the initial reports that the campus may not be a safe place for the presidential candidates, the FBI is considering pulling the event from Oakmont University and changing to a new location. The authors discuss the course of action the vice-president for student affairs should take. In making a case study presentation, the authors present seven questions to be addressed when making decisions in this case.
Descriptors: College Environment, Urban Areas, Case Studies, Political Campaigns, Presidents, Political Candidates, Campuses, School Safety, Decision Making Skills, Reputation, Institutional Characteristics, Anxiety, Conflict, Attitudes, Student Development, Social Theories
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: United States