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Phia S. Salter * Dustin K. Grabsch * Jaren D. Crist * Jagadesh Lagisetty * Lane B. Dyer * Estephanie Olvera

Settings
This study took place at a large public university in the southern region of the United States.
We conducted observations in four on-campus
residential academic support spaces. These
support spaces first appeared on the campus
in 2014 after a new residence hall was built
following a period of more than 20 years of
no new construction. This new residence hall
incorporated a RASS on the first floor, which
was available to all students at the institution,
along with other public amenities like tour
rooms, office space, meeting space, and dining
retail. Following this construction, departmental leadership strove to construct or renovate

residential spaces in a way that offered one
RASS per geographic area or neighborhood
on campus. These spaces provide additional
learning support to students (e.g., access to
academic resources, tutors, etc.), are located in
residence halls and apartments for on-campus
residents, and are operated by the housing department within student affairs. The majority
of them are staffed by students employed by
the department. Each RASS gives students
access to computers and printers and is designed with unique features that allow it to
best serve the nearby students (Figure 1). Collectively, the spaces help serve the academic
needs of students outside of the classroom.

Figure 1
Layouts of As-furnished RASSs

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