An Evaluation of Student Participation in the Student Alumni Association Program at the University of South Florida
Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
Degree Granting Department
Elizabeth Shaunessy-Dedrick, Ph.D.
Howard Johnston, Ph.D.
Sarah Kiefer, Ph.D.
Mary Beth Corace, Ph.D.
Involvement, Engagement, Motivation, Student Success
This paper is an evaluation of undergraduate college students’ participation in the Student Alumni Association (SAA) at the University of South Florida. I evaluated benefits of participating in the program, why students do not participate in the program, and if participation affected students’ persistence through college. Undergraduate students and alumni who are or once were members of the SAA participated in focus groups and interviews to evaluate their involvement in the program. Questions addressed benefits of being involved in SAA, why students do not participate in SAA, and factors that contribute to students’ involvement or lack of participation in SAA. Data from the evaluation were used to identify common themes within the framework of participation and involvement to determine students’ perceptions of benefits from being involved and persistence through college. Recommendations for practices are provided based on the finding from this evaluation.
Scholar Commons Citation
Wider, LaToya, "An Evaluation of Student Participation in the Student Alumni Association Program at the University of South Florida" (2021). USF Tampa Graduate Theses and Dissertations.