Masters Thesis

Graduate Residential Ecology: The Needs and Effects of Graduate Residential Halls at One Southern California Suburban HSI

The following research study assessed the behavioral and emotional effects of postbaccalaureate students, specifically graduates, relationship with on-campus residence halls at one suburban Southern California Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI). The cross-sectional study employed the theoretical framework known as Campus Ecology, designed by C. Carney Strange and James H. Banning (2001; 2015), for a convergent parallel mixed-methodology comprising both quantitative and qualitative data analysis. The study employed a modified version of Campus Ecology’s Campus Design Matrix for environmental and behavioral survey assessment. Additionally, to add descriptive testimony a modified version of Kurt Lewin’s (1936) Field Theory equation B=f (P, E) such that behavior (B), is a function f), of the person/organism (P), in their environment (E) for the one-on-one interview. Ultimately, the study sought to provide credible information and psychological insight into graduate students, specifically within six post-baccalaureate programs, the perceived need for current/future on-campus housing options, at said institution, by identifying any environmental design features in need of purpose redesign and institutional action. Keywords: post-baccalaureate, graduate student(s), residence hall(s), Campus Ecology, Lewin’s Field Theory, Campus Design Matrix, behavior(s), perception(s), need(s), programmatic success.