Author(s)

Stephanie Staple

Date Approved

8-9-2011

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. Higher Education

Department

Educational Services, Administration, and Higher Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Sisco, Burton

Subject(s)

College students;Social participation;Campus police

Disciplines

Higher Education

Abstract

The use of student development theories such as student involvement and student engagement has become extremely important to administrators and student affairs professionals in higher education; however, few have examined their use in the Department of Public Safety. The purpose of this study was to investigate the involvement patterns of students in the Student Community Policing Program (SCPP). The study also investigated the impact of student involvement in these programs on students' satisfaction with the Rowan University campus. The study was conducted at Rowan University, in Glassboro, New Jersey. The target population for this study was students at Rowan University during the academic year of 2010-2011. The instrument to assess students' levels and patterns of engagement at Rowan University was adapted from a survey of student involvement used by Ohio University. An overall look at the responses dealing with student involvement levels and patterns of current student employees of SCPP at Rowan University indicated that student employees are generally involved on the Rowan University campus and with the program. A significant correlation was discovered during the analysis of the data involving involvement in specific activities. By a large majority, students at Rowan University were very involved in both academic and social activities. They reported a high level of satisfaction with their social involvement, academic atmosphere, campus atmosphere, and personal goal achievement.

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