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Examining How Interactions
Contribute to Thriving for Sophomore,
Junior, and Senior Living-Learning
Community Students
INTERACTIONS ACROSS CAMPUS have long been documented as an important
component of understanding the college student experience. This is especially
salient in relation to interactions with faculty and peers during a student's first year,
when susceptibility for departure is high. However, it is likewise critical to understand
how distinctive types of interactions with various constituents inform the experience
of sophomore, junior, and senior college students. The purpose of this study was
to examine a theoretical model of the relationships between various interaction
factors hypothesized to predict student success in college, as operationalized in the
construct of thriving. A survey research design was utilized to collect data for this
study from sophomore, junior, and senior living-learning community students at eight
large research institutions in four states. Data was analyzed using structural equation
modeling (SEM) to determine the relationship between eight interaction variables
and five thriving variables. The final model indicated acceptable fit (CFI > .90,
RMSEA < .06) and explained between 30 and 53% of the variance across thriving
factors. Additionally, results indicated that individual interactions are able to
predict student thriving in unique and significant ways with varying effect sizes.
Recommendations from these findings for housing professionals are also discussed.
Note: We would like to thank ACUHO-I for funding assistance to successfully recruit study
participants. We are also thankful for the Thriving Project at Azusa Pacific University under the
leadership of Dr. Laurie Schreiner for permission to use the Thriving Quotient.
H
igher education leaders continually search for ways to capitalize on the power
of students' relationships. Felten and Lambert (2020) proclaim that " relationships
are the beating heart of the undergraduate experience " (p. 2), and the
interactions that trigger such connections occur across campus, from classrooms and
laboratories to dining halls and sport fields. One environment poised to heavily promote
interaction and relationship building on campus is a living-learning community
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