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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.

Residential Academic Support Spaces

The first RASS (Northside; Figure 1A) is
located next to an apartment complex. It is
open 24/7, 365 days a year to students, primarily graduate students, upper-division students,
and students with families, who live in the adjacent apartment complexes. Residents must
use their student identification cards to enter.
Northside is equipped with a separate computer lab within the space for residents to use.
A unique aspect of this RASS is that it features a kitchen that is available for use. This
feature accommodates upper-division, graduate, and older students who are most likely to
utilize this RASS and least likely to have traditional meal plans. It also has more open space

than the other RASSs and allows for group and
individual studying (Figure 2).
The second RASS (Eastside; Figure 1B) is
located on the first floor of a residence hall on
campus. It is open to all students at the institution during its daily scheduled hours and has
one part-time student worker available for assistance. Students are asked to swipe in with their
student identification cards. The space features
areas designated for individual and group study.
Sliding curtains help separate students from
other individuals or groups in the space (Figure
3), and two private rooms in the RASS can be
used for group or individual study.
The third RASS (Westside; Figure 1C) is
located near an on-campus apartment complex

	 Figure 1
	 Layouts of As-furnished RASSs

	 Figure 2
	 Northside RASS with Separate Work Area, Kitchen Area, and Computer Lab

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