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A study of upper-class housing at the University of Wisconsin-Stout

by Jha, Dipra.

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The purpose of this study was to research pre-living perceptions and post- living experiences and perceptions of upper-class students who were housed as part of the North Campus Experience program at UW-Stout. Data for this study was collected through a pre-test survey in August, 2005 and a post-test survey was distributed in January, 2006. The objectives of this study were to determine whether there is a relationship between preconceived perceptions of 1) a new campus living environment and ownership of student behavior at the upper-class residence halls; 2) a new campus living environment and alcohol usage following the move; 3) a new campus living environment and development of interpersonal relationships in the residence hall communities; and 4) a new campus living environment and academic success following the move. The data analysis indicated statistical significance for all items at the .001 level except for one item which was found at the .05 level. This led to rejection of all four null hypotheses. It was also found that the means for all items were higher in the pre-tests compared to the post-tests leading to the conclusion that students' preconceived perceptions of the North Campus Experience were more positive than what they experienced in actuality. The results tend to indicate that there is a need for improvement in the upper class residence halls which may lead to bridging the gap between students' expectations and their actual living experiences. Recommendations suggested by this researcher include a review of the North Campus Experience program in its current state as well as development of future strategies for residence hall programming based on andragogical and cognitive development theories. Limitations of this study include possible sample bias due to lack of paired sample between the pre-test and the post-test. Also, data analyzed for this study was collected during August, 2005 and January, 2006, thereby limiting the scope of this research to six months only. The Graduate School University of Wisconsin Stout Menomonie, WI
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School:University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

School Location:USA - Wisconsin

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:university of wisconsin stout student housing

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