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Increasing Affinity toward a University through Meaningful Student-Centric Activities


Abstract How does a university create a culture of affinity where students seek and maintain life-long connections to the institution? The purpose of this action research study was to examine how affinity increased or developed for undergraduate students at the Arizona State University Polytechnic campus through meaningful student-centric activities. Three theoretical frameworks guided the study including the work of Baumeister and Leary, Kuh, and Ajzen.

In this mixed method study, quantitative data about affinity, attitude, toward Arizona State University was collected using pre- and post-intervention surveys and qualitative data were gathered through individual semi-structured interviews at the conclusion of the study. Study participants we... (more)
Created Date 2019
Contributor Matos, Maria Regina (Author) / Buss, Ray (Advisor) / Krasnow, Aaron (Committee member) / Givans Voller, Julie (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Higher education / Educational leadership / Higher education administration / Affinity / Belonging / Loyalty / Mixed method / Retention / Transition
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 95 pages
Language English
Copyright
Note Doctoral Dissertation Educational Leadership and Policy Studies 2019
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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