Master of Arts in Higher Education (MAHE) Theses

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

First Advisor

Tim Herrmann

Second Advisor

Kim Case

Third Advisor

Scott Gaier


College students spend their time in a variety of activities outside of the typical classroom setting. These activities range from academic, such as spending time discussing opinions with peers, to more non-academic, such as spending time on social media. The purpose of the study was to examine free time as it relates to Habits of Mind or habits that lay a foundation for lifelong learning (HERI, 2017d). The study utilized archival data from a small, private, liberal arts university in the American Midwest. Using the results from the 2015 College Senior Survey, the research examined the relationship between how students spend their time and their development of Habits of Mind. Furthermore, this research investigated if certain uses of time affect students’ Habits of Mind in positive or negative ways. Results indicated that how students spend their free time does have an affect on their levels of Habits of Mind in potentially positive ways.