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ERIC Number: EJ885401
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-1533-015X
Leveraging Scarce Resources: A Case Study where Community Service Did the Work
Tarawneh, Tarek M.; Tarawneh, Mohammed S.; Majali, Sawsan A.
Applied Environmental Education and Communication, v3 n1 p29-38 2004
The University of Jordan is the first national university established in Jordan. Although first established in a suburban and secluded area of the capital Amman, the continuous urban development in its vicinity has led to excessive delays and traffic congestion on its surrounding street network. As a result, the University's administration requested two faculty members with transportation backgrounds to assess the situation and propose solutions. Due to the unavailability of funds to conduct the assessment, the authors utilized the University's community service program. University students were solicited to collect the data, assist in the analysis, and help develop solutions to the traffic congestion problem. Based upon the students' efforts a "traffic redirection" scheme was developed and proposed to the Greater Amman Municipality, which is currently considering the implementation of the proposed scheme. The involvement of students in solving campus problems was very well received by the student body, and promoted their sense of belonging to the University. The feeling of contributing to making a change has increased students' eagerness to engage in other campus related activities. It is recommended that the community service program become a national program in all Jordanian universities and that university administrations fully utilize such programs to involve students in solving campus related problems, thus increasing their sense of belonging to their campus. (Contains 5 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Jordan