Author(s)

Sarah M. Olsen

Date Approved

11-18-2015

Embargo Period

12-17-2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. Higher Education

Department

Department of Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Burton R. Sisco

Subject(s)

Student affairs services; Undergraduates--Services for

Disciplines

Higher Education

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine the attitudes of student participants of the Rowan After Hours’ program on mattering. The subjects of this study were 400 Rowan University student participants of the Rowan After Hours program. Data were collected using a variation of the College Mattering Inventory (Tovar et al., 2009) which contains a 37 Likert scale statements consisting of seven subscales that sought to determine students’ attitudes toward mattering in seven subscales. Results indicated that students participating in the Rowan After Hours program had a positive attitude towards mattering overall, and the highest subscale was the subscale that dealt with mattering to the Rowan After Hours program. The lowest subscales were mattering versus marginality and mattering to instructors. The results of the current study were compared to the normative sample from the 2009 study by Tovar, Simon, and Lee as well as a previous study on mattering conducted at Rowan University (McGuire, 2012) with undergraduate students. Correlations were found between frequency of attending the RAH program and connection to campus.

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