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Schmidt, Wesley I.||McDonald, Keith H.

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M.S. Ed. (Master of Education)

Legacy Department

Department of Guidance and Counseling


Church and college; Dormitories


Problem: The purpose of this study was to survey selected, small, church-related, liberal arts, colleges In Michigan and Illinois, to determine the degree of agreement between the objectives of the institution, and the objectives of men's residence halls. Furthermore, the study considered what activities exist to meet the objectives of the residence hall and the college. It also was concerned with the evidence there is at each college that men's residence hall and college objectives are being net. Procedure: A survey study was conducted utilizing the structured interview technique. Data was collected by interviewing the dean of men in the selected colleges. The college catalog and other materials distributed by the college were also used. Findings and conclusions: (1) Each of the twelve colleges does have stated objectives for their overall program. (2) Ten out of the twelve sample schools do not have clearly stated objectives for their men's residence halls. (3) Although the interviews revealed that ten out of the twelve sample schools had no stated objectives for their residence halls, objectives implied by the activities in these residence halls appear to be closely related to stated institutional objectives. (4) Most of the colleges of this sample have no clearly formulated aim for the various activities engaged in by their residence halls. (5) The lack of any clearly stated residence hall objectives makes it difficult to make any evaluation of the effectiveness of the residence hall in aiding the accomplishment of college objectives. (6) The generally accepted assumption that smaller colleges have fewer residence hall facilities than larger colleges, was supported by the findings of this study. (7) Smaller colleges tend to emphasize campus-wide activities, while larger schools use the residence halls as centers of activity. (8) The responsibility of the men’s residence halls is given to the dean of men in each of the sample schools. (9) Although college objectives at eleven of the twelve sample schools emphasize the development of Christian principles and character, little is being done in the men’s residence halls to implement this college objective. (10) Most of the schools in this survey are in a period of change, building, and transition. Educators and administrators who formerly saw relatively little value in men’s residence living are now beginning to see the great potential of developing these halls to meet college objectives.


Includes bibliographical references.


ix, 74 pages




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