The effects of a commuter collegium on Christian college commuter students' sense of community
Through a review of pertinent literature, theological study, and both qualitative and quantitative analysis, this study considered the effect of a "Collegium" facility and program on Christian college commuter students' sense of community, as indicated by self-reported attitudinal and behavioral measures of the quality of their relationships with fellow students and faculty, their level of involvement in university co-curricular offerings and events, and their level of identification and satisfaction with the institution.
The literature review provided important foundational information, parameters, definitions, and examples of previous studies, while the theological chapter both correlated and shaped the guiding principles of this study, simultaneously affirming its importance. This research climaxed in an analysis of the results of a study of WCCU commuter students themselves.
In answer to the question, "what is the effect of a Commuter Collegium on commuter students' sense of community?" it was found that those who participated in the Collegium did have a greater sense of community on some but not all measures. Collegium members tended to feel better connected to the institution, feel more satisfied as commuters, feel better connected with faculty, were more likely to spend out-of-class time on campus, and had overwhelmingly positive things to say about the Collegium itself. Whether these states can be attributed directly to the Collegium, or indirectly due to the Collegium's provision of a support community that enabled members to develop these attributes, or whether the Collegium attracted students who already possessed these attributes, is a distinction that can be made only through further research.
0527: Religious education
0700: Social structure
0340: Educational sociology