Alysha K Rauen



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The purpose of this qualitative, phenomenological study is to understand the motivations of commuter students in universities and colleges in the United States who get involved in co-curricular activities, such as recognized student organizations. This study will increase the already very minimal amount of research on commuter students on college campuses and will provide insight that has not been addressed. Understanding these motivations will help professionals better understand this population of students and be able to improve practices to better address their needs. Data was collected through in person interviews (n = 5) between the researcher and students who fit the criteria of being a commuter students and involved in at least one recognized student organization. Themes that emerged from the data were that commuter students are self-motivated to get involved and the distance of their commute does not affect their motivation.

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Graduate Research

Primary Advisor

Graham F. Hunter

Primary Advisor's Department

Counselor Education


Stander Symposium project, student affairs, School of Education and Health Sciences

Motivation Indicators of Involved Commuter Students at the University of Dayton