Date Approved

5-10-2007

Embargo Period

3-24-2016

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)

Campus planning--New Jersey; Education, Higher--New Jersey

Disciplines

Higher Education Administration

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine attitudes during the early stages of planning for an educational garden at Rowan University. This study also attempted to fill the gap in the literature that exists between garden planning and development and planning at higher education institutions. The investigator surveyed 20 committee members involved in this large-scale project, in addition to interviewing six committee members who were considered key stakeholders and have displayed high levels of involvement during the initial stages of the project. Participants were administered a Likert-scale survey that looked for the emergence of heterarchical practices during the development of the Rowan University Learning Garden. The interviews were conducted to develop a deeper understanding the elements of heterarchy. Survey data suggested that while committee members support interdisciplinary projects that are relevant to the institution's culture, such projects might lack clear communication and direction. The interview data indicate this project has emerging elements of heterarchy, though some of the participants expressed financial concerns, unclear direction, and lack of project development.

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