Students' Experience of Their Campus Closure: A Phenomenological Investigation
Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
This study examined students’ experience of their university campus closing. Participants included eleven traditional-aged, full-time, residential, undergraduate students. Phenomenological research methods were employed to extract the “essence” of students’ campus closure experience. Research findings indicated students’ experiences were both significant and difficult. Students’ campus closing experiences were influenced by individual characteristics, experiences prior to the campus closure, and institutional actions throughout the campus closing. Students’ experiences were characterized by considerable detachment from academic and social systems, and marginal development of students’ self-systems. Students’ disengagement from social and academic systems resulting from the campus closure poses a significant threat to student learning and involvement. The study’s findings include a model of Students’ Campus Closure Experience.
Mabie, Nathaniel J., "Students' Experience of Their Campus Closure: A Phenomenological Investigation" (2009). Master of Arts in Higher Education Theses. 132.