Author(s)

Sarai Campbell

Date Approved

10-6-2011

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. Higher Education

Department

Educational Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Sisco, Burton

Subject(s)

College students--Political activity--New Jersey

Disciplines

Higher Education

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to gain insight into selected student attitudes towards the role of civic engagement at Rowan University, Glassboro, New Jersey, in spring, 2011. The study investigated the impact of selected demographic factors on civic engagement. Civic engagement levels were measured by a self-reporting survey distributed during a Student Government Association Senate meeting. The survey had four components measuring demographic factors, civic indicators, electoral indicators, and indicators of political voice. The study found correlations between Student Government Executive Board membership, petition signing, and participating in protests. Data collected by means of one focus group were analyzed using content analysis. Data analysis suggests that the majority of students at Rowan are inactive, not apathetic. Focus group participants reported targeting groups and guest speakers as ways to promote civic engagement.

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