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Title:Sense of community in collegiate student groups
Author(s):Musser, Allison J
Director of Research:Welty Peachey, Jon
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Welty Peachey, Jon
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Green, B. Christine; Sydnor, Synthia; McDermott, Monica
Department / Program:Recreation, Sport and Tourism
Discipline:Recreation, Sport, and Tourism
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Sense of Community
Collegiate Student Groups
Abstract:This study examined sense of community and how it is experienced on campus relative to participation in different types of student groups. A qualitative methodology utilizing the Zaltman Metaphor Elicitation Technique was employed to examine to what extent students participating in student fan groups experience sense of community differently than participants in other kinds of student groups. Thirteen students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign were interviewed to explore how their participation in student groups impacts their sense of community on campus. Findings indicated that student fan groups may be particularly suited to enhance sense of community on campus due to their capacity to foster building blocks of sense of community including family connection, insider access, representation of the university, and interaction with staff of the university. The results showed that student fan groups can be more impactful than other kinds of student groups in creating sense of community. Student fan groups are also more impactful in fostering the brand community in that they strengthen the connection between the student and the university brand. This study advances theory on sense of community by shedding light on these building blocks, contributes to scholarship on student retention in higher education, and provides sport managers and student affairs practitioners with new information to nurture sense of community on campus.
Issue Date:2020-04-14
Rights Information:Copyright 2020 Allison Musser
Date Available in IDEALS:2020-08-26
Date Deposited:2020-05

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