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Creating Intentional Paths to Citizenship: An Analysis of Participation in Student Organizations

Julianne Gassman, Jennifer M. Beck, Jonathan Klein


This study examines undergraduate students’ that graduated from a Midwestern university in May 2013 through December 2015 and their perception of their development of core competencies identified by Bok (2006), related to their participation in student organizations. The results indicated that students who participate in student organizations are significantly more likely to develop citizenship and other related skills and abilities. Furthermore, their degree of involvement, measured by the number of organizations they participate in, their level of involvement and the role students have within the organization can impact their development of competencies.



Core competencies; student organization; civic engagement

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