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Connecting The Dots: Campus Form, Student Perceptions, and Academic Performance
  • Amir Hajrasouliha, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
This research is an attempt to evaluate the role of campus built environment and its immediate surroundings on a major concern of universities: student retention and graduation. The relationship of both objective and perceived measures of physical campuses with students’ academic performance was examined, using the California State University (CSU) campuses as its sample. The objective campus environment was measured by a Campus Score scale, and the perceived campus quality and perceived restorativeness were measured through an online survey from 446 students. The results demonstrate that both objective and perceived measures were significantly associated with students’ academic performance. However, the aggregated perceived measures at the campus level were not associated with the objective measures of campus form. The observed mismatch between objective and perceived measures leads to additional questions and potential research. This research gives an insight to universities about the role of their physical campus in enhancing student retention and graduation rates.
  • Campus Score,
  • Perceived Environment,
  • Restorative Environment,
  • Freshman Retention,
  • Graduation Rate
Publication Date
Summer August 1, 2018
Society for College and University Planning
Citation Information
Amir Hajrasouliha. "Connecting The Dots: Campus Form, Student Perceptions, and Academic Performance" (2018)
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