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Robinson, Jessica; Glanzer, Perry – Journal of College and Character, 2017
The authors undertook a qualitative study involving a national sample of 75 college students to discover what factors influenced their purpose development. They found that students generally fit into four different purpose types: the Purposeless, the Self-Achievers, the Relationalists, and the Transcendents. Moreover, these different purpose types…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Qualitative Research, College Students, Beliefs
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Durant, Tamara J. – Journal of College and Character, 2017
College students are increasingly interested in spiritual and religious identity exploration. Factors influencing such inquiry at public institutions of higher education include rational empiricism, cultural norms, and faculty and student affairs professionals' uncertainty about what is permissible, as well as their perceived level of preparation…
Descriptors: College Students, Spiritual Development, Religion, Cultural Influences
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Chen, Hsin-Yu; Yarnal, Careen; Bram, Barry – Journal of College and Character, 2017
Combining the theory of emerging adulthood with self-authorship, the authors utilized students' reflection papers (n = 111) to explore their current lifestyles and reasons behind behavioral changes. Decreased physical activity, increased substance use, irregular sleep patterns, and unhealthy dietary habits emerged after students transitioned to…
Descriptors: Health Behavior, Life Style, Diaries, Health Promotion
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Eells, Gregory T. – Journal of College and Character, 2017
Over the past decade, there has been considerable attention given to college students' experience of pressure to pursue perfection through hyper-achievement and the psychological and emotional toll this process takes on them. The popular press has highlighted this phenomenon and raised specific questions about some of the related consequences like…
Descriptors: High Achievement, Humor, College Students, Personality Traits
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Neumeister, James R. – Journal of College and Character, 2017
Higher education faces heightened scrutiny regarding student misconduct, but collegiate disciplinary processes often have minimal impact on students. Their ineffectiveness is partially attributable to the absence of a conceptual framework that guides conduct administration by linking theory, practice, and outcomes. This article presents a…
Descriptors: Moral Values, Student Behavior, Student Needs, Evidence Based Practice
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Snipes, Jeremy T.; Correia-Harker, Benjamin – Journal of College and Character, 2017
Nearly a decade ago, Alyssa Rockenbach, the editor of the "Journal of College & Character's" "Spirituality on Campus" section, issued a call to action. First, she invited scholars to better assess campus spiritual and religious climate. Then, she urged practitioners to redouble their efforts to share and promote best…
Descriptors: Spiritual Development, Best Practices, Change Strategies, Beliefs
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Cliburn Allen, Cara; Glanzer, Perry – Journal of College and Character, 2017
Recent research has shown the importance of the positive benefits of high-levels of self-control for both individuals and society. Yet, we know only a limited amount about how college students understand and apply self-control. This qualitative study examined how a national sample of 75 students defined self-control, whether or not they believed…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Self Control, College Students, Qualitative Research
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Buzo, Carina – Journal of College and Character, 2017
This article explores the role that higher education has in ethical compliance to Title IX and the Clery Act. The discussion includes a curious look at common practices as potential future approaches to consent and sexual assault education. Articles and research are included to ground understanding in the current context, while examples from a…
Descriptors: Ethics, Compliance (Psychology), Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation
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Gill, Rahuldeep Singn – Journal of College and Character, 2017
This article builds on theories of safe and brave spaces to demonstrate how to transform higher education institutions to be better able to incorporate multivalent forms of diversity. In particular, the article suggests leveraging the civic-oriented methodology of interfaith cooperation (Patel & Meyer, 2011) in order to encourage people to…
Descriptors: Resilience (Psychology), Role of Religion, Religious Cultural Groups, Higher Education
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Callina, Kristina Schmid; Ryan, Diane; Murray, Elise D.; Colby, Anne; Damon, William; Matthews, Michael; Lerner, Richard M. – Journal of College and Character, 2017
A paucity of literature exists on the processes of character development within diverse contexts. In this article, the authors use the United States Military Academy at West Point (USMA) as a sample case for understanding character development processes within an institution of higher education. The authors present a discussion of relational…
Descriptors: Military Schools, Military Service, Leaders, Moral Development
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Dolby, Nadine – Journal of College and Character, 2017
Faculty and staff are rightly concerned with the moral and ethical dimensions of human relationships on campus. Yet, they rarely discuss the animals with whom they share their campuses and larger world. In this article, the author reflects on her experience on an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee to raise questions about animals in…
Descriptors: Animals, Research, Higher Education, College Faculty
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Massey, Kyle D.; Massey, Jennifer – Journal of College and Character, 2017
Research on hazing in higher education has primarily focused on Greek-letter organizations and athletes, with little research beyond these two subsets of college students. The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore the attitudes of students from the general student population at a Canadian university with regard to hazing and identify…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Students, Fraternities, Sororities
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Bialka, Christa S.; Morro, Danielle – Journal of College and Character, 2017
Although much research addresses prejudice toward and discrimination of individuals with disabilities, few studies engage with the concept of "ability privilege," or the benefits that typically abled individuals are afforded in relation to their position within the hegemony. Given the fledgling nature of research on ability privilege, it…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Disabilities, Advantaged, Introductory Courses
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Jacoby, Barbara – Journal of College and Character, 2017
The "new student activism," as it is often called, is a hot topic in higher education as well as in the popular press and social media. As a college student in the late '60s and early '70s, a long-time student affairs professional, a scholar and practitioner of service-learning, and an academic teaching a course on social change, the…
Descriptors: College Students, Activism, Social Change, Service Learning
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Roper, Larry D. – Journal of College and Character, 2017
Locker rooms are a fixture in the athletic culture of colleges and universities. Given the important roles those spaces play in the learning, growth, and development of student-athletes, collegiate leaders should consider how to influence locker room environments in positive ways.
Descriptors: College Athletics, Athletes, Recreational Facilities, Student Behavior
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