Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Literary Review #5

Citation: Gianoutsos, Dan, Dr., and Vicki Rosser, Dr. "Is There Still a Considerable Difference? Comparing Residential and Commuter Student Profile Characteristics at a Public, Research, Commuter University." "" by Gianoutsos, D.; Rosser, Vicki. College Student Journal, Dec. 2014. Web. 01 Dec. 2015.

Summary: The purpose of this article is comparing the student profile characteristics between residential students and commuter students at a public, research commuter university.  Using status attainment as the framework, researchers classified differences between residential students and commuter students.  Background information such as parents educational status, socioeconomic status, and ethnicity determined whether or not a child commutes to school or lives on campus. 

Author(s): Dr. Dan Gianoutsos and Dr. Vicki Rosser

Key Terms: academic achievement, college enrollment, educational aspects

Quotes: "Yet, higher education literature suggests that the two student groups possess inherent differences that stretch beyond their living location. In general, commuter students are a more heterogeneous population who are viewed, although somewhat less as research progresses, as being "disadvantaged" to residential students because they lack the opportunities offered by the residential hall experience"

Value:  This article shows that background determines whether or not you will live on campus or commute.  More research is needed to finish this study, however it is important to learn all characteristics that show the framework for commuting and residental students. 

#9 Counter Argument

My research paper focuses on commuting and dorming and their pros and cons.  My counter-argument to this research paper is that despite all the positive feedback about living on campus, there can be some drawbacks that hinder students in their studies when they do live on campus.  Although residential students are provided with computer labs, libraries, and parking, they cannot control who/where they live most of the time.  Being an on-campus student means living with a roommate, or on a floor of people.  This can cause disturbances in their studies, social life, or overall experience at a university. 

Armstrong and Hamilton talk about the downsides to living in an on campus apartment or dorm.  They say, *To flash forward briefly, only 38% of women who were socially integrated into the floor were, five years later, either at risk of a failed mobility project or downward mobility. In contrast, 64% of social isolates were, and the number would be even higher if leaving the university had not turned out to be a positive for many less privileged women” (108). 

This shows that although living on campus can be an amazing thing for students, it can depend on the individual and how they react to the specific environment around them. 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

#8 - Interview

For my interview, I chose two people.  One, Ryan Schocket, is a senior at UNC Chapel Hill, who lives on campus.  The second, Tyler Martin, is a commuter student who travels from Brick, NJ to Stockton University in Galloway, NJ.

Interview #1:

  • My name is Ryan Schocket, and I am a senior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. My cumulative GPA is a 3.5. I am involved both on and off campus. I am the assistant editor — and former staff writer/reporter — for the arts & entertainment desk of the award-winning, student-run, independent newspaper, The Daily Tar Heel. I also blog for Tar Heel Transfers, where I write a column, called "Awkward Encounters." In addition, I serve on the editorial board for UNC's academic history journal, "Traces." 
  • I like living on campus for many reasons. First, living on campus enables me to connect with peers outside the classroom, which transitively reflects as an academic advantage. I am close to other classmates, whom I often reach out to for help, guidance and advice. 
  • In addition, living on campus gives me access to the various resources that the University offers, which undoubtedly help me succeed academically. At all times, I am only a minutes away from instructional technology, library databases, on-call tutors, writing and science centers, and faculty members. I can also remain an active journalist and editor, where I can interview sources and attend workshops.
  • rschock1894@gmail.com
Interview #2:
  • My name is Tyler Martin and I am a Junior at Stockton College.  I commute Monday-Thursday and play Ice Hockey for Stockton.  
  • I chose to commute because of the fact that staying at home is cheaper.  I am not into the party scene as much as everyone else because I like to focus on my academics.
  • However, commuting is hard.  It is difficult to schedule classes on the same days without being overloaded with work.  
  • I do wish that I lived on campus sometimes so I could get the resources that every other college student gets when they live on campus. 

These two interviews helped me to learn that on campus living students truly do receive "special treatment" compared to commuters.  I chose both of these people so I could compare the way college students think about their living situations. 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

#6 visual


#7 - Case

My case for this paper is to discuss how students who live on campus are more inclined to do well in school.  Because of the resources provided for them on campus, they are more likely to succeed in their academics.  Commuting can create challenges for students regarding their classes.  Living on campus provides a college setting included with libraries, resource centers, and office hours, all allowing students to gain extra help when needed.  As a commuter it is harder to make time to visit all of these opportunities presented.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Literary Review 4

Comparing Satisfaction, Life-Stress, Coping and Academic Performance of Counseling Students in On-Campus and Distance Education Learning Environments

Furlonger, Brett, and Emilia Gencic. "Comparing Satisfaction, Life-Stress, Coping And Academic Performance Of Counselling Students In On-Campus And Distance Education Learning Environments." Australian Journal Of Guidance And Counselling 24.1 (2014): 76-89. ERIC. Web. 3 Nov. 2015.

Brett Furlonger, Emilia Gencic

Key Words:
Life satisfaction, Academic Achievement, Comparative Analysis


Distance education students are confronted with a range of additional challenges as part of their tertiary study experience. A quantitative approach was used to identify the challenges they face, their relative levels of satisfaction, coping strategies, and academic performance. Two hundred and ninety-five students (64 male and 231 female) participated by completing a survey that included measures of satisfaction, stress, coping, and academic performance. All were enrolled in an Australian university and studied either on campus or in one of two distance education (DE) modes, off-campus and offshore. While there were some differences in satisfaction expressed between DE and on-campus students, there were no significant differences between the groups on measures of stress or academic performance. The differences between the three groups' use of coping strategies was less clear. Possible explanations for the differences between the groups are discussed.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Literary Review #3

Literary Review #3

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·      Armstrong, Elizabeth and Laura Hamilton. Paying for the Party: How College Maintains Inequality. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 2013. Print.
·      Elizabeth Armstrong and Laura Hamilton describe how social class is able to hinder or enable students to make certain choices during their college years.  Armstrong and Hamilton describe how some students are able to get more involved in the college life because they are around on campus action all the time.  Although these students are able to get directly involved in social connection on campus, the effects of partying constantly may create a strain on their academic achievement.  Being a commuter creates more of a struggle to become involved, but it may allow the student to focus more on their academics instead of partying too much with their peers.

·      Elizabeth Armstrong and Laura Hamilton

Key terms:
·      College, College Dorms, College Life

·      ,“Social networks are one of the most critical conduits for information. Students without many friends are less likely to learn about an exciting major, critical deadline, fraternities (due to reputations for sexual assault), good places to park, or opportunities for internships,” (Hamilton and Armstrong 113).


·      This article has specific parts that speak about the life that college students live while living on campus.  It speaks about the pros and cons of life on campus, which can be compared to living off campus as a commuter.