Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Semester of Degree Completion

2017

Thesis Director

Dena R. Kniess

Abstract

This study explored the relationship between participation in community service and students' academic success at a mid-sized Midwestern institution. A quantitative study was conducted by distributing a survey through the Civic Engagement and Volunteerism Office listserv. The results from the t-test showed that there was no statistical significance in the participation in community service and students' academic success. Results from the Chi Square test showed that there was no statistical significance in the type of service students chose and their major, the gender participation, and the race participation. Recommendations were made to student affairs professionals to include more opportunities for service-learning and to make sure they are meeting the needs of all students at the institution. Suggestions for further research were made to broaden the group surveyed to attain more participants of academic, gender, and race diversity.

Graduate Program

Counseling and Student Development

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