Master of Arts in Higher Education (MAHE) Theses

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

First Advisor

Scott Barrett

Second Advisor

Kimberly Case

Third Advisor

Scott Gaier


The purpose of this study is to explore college students' parents and their perspective on involvement when it comes to contacting residence life professionals on behalf of their student. In this quantitative study, the researcher collected survey responses from fifty parent participants. The study explored the research questions: What causes parents to become involved with residence life personnel on the behalf of their student? What does this involvement look like, as well as, what type of involvement is it? The study found that parents of freshman and sophomore students are most likely to reach out about housing and health concerns due to three reasons which include (a) a general curiosity about their student's experience; (b) a perceived obligation to contact residence life to assist their student in securing housing; or (c) a general curiosity about the institution's lack of concern for their student, rather than because of their student's request for their involvement.