Impact of Students' Perception of Resident Life Staff and Sense of Community on Student Grades and Retention

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Student Housing at any university has the opportunity to positively impact student experiences. This exploratory study looks at how frequency of interaction with the Resident Assistant and community, sense of community, social self-efficacy, and academic self-concept affect academic success. The relationships between these factors are partly facilitated with an understanding of the Symbolic Interactionism perspective. This theory states that how people view themselves influences how they interact with others and react to ideas, concepts, objects, etc. Results show strong correlations between the number of interactions with the community and sense of community and also between GPA and academic self-concept. What was unexpected was the mild negative correlation between GPA and sense of community. By identifying which variables have a significant impact on academic success, those in Student Housing can facilitate student success.

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