Date Approved

6-21-2007

Embargo Period

3-29-2016

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)

College students--New Jersey; Student activities--New Jersey

Disciplines

Higher Education Administration

Abstract

This study was designed to determine the reasons why students get involved in student organizations, the benefits perceived by being involved, and the impact of the "highly involved" student. Seventy-five undergraduate students from Rowan University participated in the study by completing a survey that asked about involvement in a Student Government (SGA) chartered organization, Greek Life, and Varsity Athletics and the perceived learning outcomes associated with involvement. A follow-up interview was conducted with four students who completed the survey in order to more fully answer the question of what motivated and characterized the highly involved student. The survey inquired about three areas: (a) why students get involved, (b) perceived benefits of involvement, and (c) perceived learning outcomes associated with involvement. Findings from this study supports previous research, while expanding the knowledge base of Greek Life Leaders and Varsity Athletics, in addition to highly involved members of Student Government Association (SGA) chartered organizations at Rowan University.

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