Date Approved

5-24-2019

Embargo Period

6-4-2019

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. Higher Education

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Tinnin, Andrew S.

Second Advisor

McCombs, Tyrone

Third Advisor

Walpole, MaryBeth

Subject(s)

Student unions; Rowan University--Buildings

Disciplines

Higher Education

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine the impact that physical spaces in The Chamberlain Student Center had on participants' sense of community on campus. A survey was distributed to 600 undergraduate students to determine the extent to which participants believed various locations within the facility either enhanced or diminished their sense of community on campus. Of the 600 surveys distributed, 73 responses were collected, yielding a response rate of 12%. Results show that there is no statistically significant relationship between any specific space in The Chamberlain Student Center. However, data showed that there is a relationship between students that are enrolled in more credit hours, students that report having a positive experience in The Chamberlain Student Center, and students that believe Rowan University does promote building campus community, and whether or not The Chamberlain Student Center plays a major role in building campus community.

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