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Bishop, Terrence R.

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B.S. (Bachelor of Science)

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Department of Management


This study examines the role of compensation in relation to the resident assistant position. The purpose of the research is to evaluate if the compensation packages currently offered affect RA retention. This is the first type of research completed on RA compensation so there is little former research to refer to. Yet, ample research has been done on general compensation practices, and the most recent shows the theory, "you get what you pay for," as a current industry trend. This study used a survey to collect information from volunteer resident assistants by means of five public, Illinois universities. Subjects were asked to rate how certain outcomes of being an RA met their expectations, questions were used to see their strength of agreement to positive comments regarding the RA position, and finally the subjects had to rate how important both topics were to them. A five point Likert scale was used to reply. Once the surveys were returned and the raw data was transformed, analysis using mean comparisons and T-tests was completed. The results showed that there is enough evidence to conclude that compensation may have an effect on retention. But the results also provided reasons to believe that compensation is not the only aspect of the position that needs to be improved in order to increase retention.


14 pages




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