College student involvement and leadership: Studying learning and living communities at Lasallian institutions

Gabrielle Occhiogrosso, Fordham University

Abstract

With the cost of college education increasing exponentially, colleges have used learning and living communities as a major retention practice in higher education. Learning and living communities have been assessed in recent years using the National Survey for Living-Learning, however, the survey focused on the academic outcomes of the communities at larger universities. The purpose of this quantitative study was to discover outcomes of learning and living communities at Lasallian institutions--specifically, the satisfaction of the students, the effectiveness of the program, and the planned retention of the students. The study was an evaluation of college students' roles and relationships in learning and living communities at three Lasallian institutions in the United States: The focus of these institutions was on community. The variables used included student involvement and programming, leadership opportunities, and relationships within the learning and living communities to determine satisfaction, effectiveness, and planned retention of the students and the communities. Results indicated that the college students in learning and living communities were satisfied, the communities were effective, and the students were likely to return to the community and the college.^

Subject Area

Education, Leadership|Education, Higher

Recommended Citation

Occhiogrosso, Gabrielle, "College student involvement and leadership: Studying learning and living communities at Lasallian institutions" (2014). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI3620239.
http://fordham.bepress.com/dissertations/AAI3620239

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