Open Access Dissertation
Doctor of Education (EdD)
Department or School
Leadership and Counseling
Eboni Zamani-Gallaher, Ph.D Chair
Dr. Jay R. Cooper, Ph.D
Dr. Pat Oldt, Ph.D.
The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of involvement in student organizations as it relates to perceptions of campus climate. The researcher conducted a crosssectional, ex-post facto secondary data analysis of a 2005 institutional survey on diversity at Great Falls State University. The researcher utilized a Chi Square Test for Independence, as well as a Forward Thinking Logistic Regression Model to analyze the data. Although the main emphasis of the research was student involvement in student organizations, the researcher also analyzed data pertaining to background demographics and campus climate. The data results demonstrated differences in perception in demographics such as race, gender, sexual orientation, ability, religious beliefs, and political views. The researcher also found a relationship between campus climate and perception.
The findings of this study enhance the body of knowledge in the areas of student involvement, student development, and campus climate. Although limited to one campus, this study gives institutions a better understanding of involvement, student backgrounds, and campus climate as they relate to student perceptions of institutional commitment to diversity.
Haight, Aaron Klein, "Examining the impact of student involvement and intercultural experiences on perceptions of institutional commitment to diversity" (2010). Master's Theses and Doctoral Dissertations. 293.