Term of Award

Summer 2002

Degree Name

Master of Education

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (restricted to Georgia Southern)

Department

Department of Leadership, Technology, and Human Development

Committee Chair

Dale Grant

Committee Member 1

Stephen Jenkins

Committee Member 2

Leon Spencer

Abstract

One hundred and twenty randomly selected Black college students were surveyed to determine if a relationship existed between student group involvement and feelings of isolation for Black students on a predominately white campus. A bivariate conelation test was conducted between items measuring isolation and involvement. The results of the study indicated that a significant relationship existed between attending campus events with student groups, and reduced levels of isolation through interactions with student groups. A one-way analysis ofvariance was used to determine if isolation levels differed based on class level (freshmen, sophomore, junior, senior). There was no significant difference found in isolation levels among the four groups. Respondents did report that student group membership provided a support base, and helped to facilitate connections with the campus environment.

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