Date Approved

12-12-2007

Embargo Period

3-28-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Higher Education Administration

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Sisco, Burton R.

Subject(s)

Education, Higher--New Jersey; Graduate students--Services for--New Jersey

Disciplines

Higher Education Administration

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate how graduate assistants at Rowan University, Glassboro campus connect to the campus community using socialization theory. Data collection consisted of interviews of 10 randomly selected first and second year graduate students during the 2006-07 academic school year. The interviews were conducted at Rowan University during the spring 2007 semester. On average the interviews took about 25 minutes to conduct. Participants were interviewed to see how the graduate assistants felt about graduate school and their programs of study. Interviews were transcribed into a word document and then analyzed for common themes.

The study provides insight into how graduate assistants connect to a campus community. Participants indicated positive relationships when it came towards peers in the classroom environment, but a definite lack of socialization outside of the classroom. Faculty were found to be a strong support system, but the availability outside of the classroom was lacking.

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