Title

Relation of campus involvement to self-reported capacities for socially responsible leadership

Date of Award

2007

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Teaching and Leadership

Advisor(s)

Catherine Engstrom

Keywords

Leadership development, Higher education, College students, Campus involvement, Socially responsible

Subject Categories

Education

Abstract

In a study of leadership skills at a large, comprehensive private university, a student's degree of involvement in campus activities and programs served as the most significant predictor of high scores on the Socially Responsible Leadership Scale Revised (SRLS-R). Within campus involvement, the degree to which a student participated in organized community service and as part of campus-registered student organizations explained most of the variance. Gender also served as a significant predictor. A student's class standing was also a predictor, but not when controlling for campus involvement. Race did not predict SRLS-R score. This study served as part of the Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership (MSL), a national study involving several diverse campuses to, in part, determine factors that affect a student's development of socially responsible leadership skills.

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