Date Approved

5-11-2005

Embargo Period

4-10-2016

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--Societies and clubs; Student government--New Jersey

Disciplines

Higher Education Administration

Abstract

This study was designed to determine why students get involved in student organizations, the perceived benefits of being involved, and the role of student affairs professionals in enhancing out-of-class learning. Fifty-two undergraduate students from Rowan University participated in the study by completing a survey that asked about involvement in a Student Government Association (SGA) chartered organization, perceived learning outcomes associated with involvement, and the student's perceptions about current services offered to student organizations. A follow-up interview was conducted with six students who completed the initial survey in order to more fully answer the question of what student affairs professionals can do to enhance out-of-class learning. The survey inquired about four areas: (a) why student get involved, (b) perceived benefits of involvement, (c) perceived learning outcomes associated with involvement, and (d) perceived actions that can be taken by student affairs professionals to enhance the intentionality of involvement. The results were similar to the research about student involvement theory.

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