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Jaekel, Kathryn S.

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Ed.D. (Doctor of Education)

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Department of Counseling and Higher Education (CAHE)


Campus dining does more than provide sustenance to a campus community. Campus dining is an integral part of student success and learning. Limited research has looked at the impact of campus dining, particularly in the areas of student success and learning. The purpose of this qualitative case study was to explore how campus dining directors in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) perceived how themselves and their dining programs impact student learning and success. Data was collected through interviews with MAC campus dining directors and through observations made on their campus dining websites. Three themes emerged from the research on ways campus dining impacted student learning and success: (a) learning leadership and life skills; (b) creating community; and (c) persistence. Recommendations for further research and implications for practice are discussed.


95 pages




Northern Illinois University

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