How a Community is Built in a University

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How a Community is Built in a University Community is something you will find in any formal or informal setting where people are in the same area for long periods of time, especially on many college campuses. Community is thought of as, although different to specific individuals or subcultures, basically a group of informally bound people sharing similar passions (Wenger, 2000). Majority of universities will push the idea of “community” and “togetherness” on its students. They will do this a number of ways including, Freshman Convocation, Freshman Colloquium, and Welcome Week Activities (Nathan, 2005), just to name a few. By using different methods of bringing students closer to one another, universities intend to make a happier environment to excite freshman students and to lay the foundation for a learning community (Nathan, 2005). This “community” that 97 percent of university presidents believe is necessary in acquiring positive results (Nathan, 2005), is not a shared feeling of most students. As most students have repeatedly stated, mandatory and habitual experiences is unpopular (Nathan, 2005). Although these pleas for change are heard, they are not always acted upon. For instance, many universities act upon a non-obligatory participation method, which means that a student cannot be forced to attend or partake of any activity and has the choice to create their own clubs/groups. The activities that many students do not attend or very few students show up for is seen as a feeble attempt at college community and student involvement. In reality, it is not that students do not wish for a close knit community, most wish not to admit the strain that community activities put on their resources, schedule, individuality, choice, and f... ... middle of paper ... ...rnal of College and Character. Web. 9 Apr. 2014. Pascarella, Ernest T., Patrick T. Terenzini, and Lee M. Wolfle. "Orientation to College and Freshman Year Persistence/Withdrawal Decisions." The Journal of Higher Education 57.2 (1986): 1-20. The Journal of Higher Education. Web. 9 Apr. 2014. Cooper, Catherine R., Jill Denner, Edward M. Lopez, and Nora Dunbar. "Beyond "Giving Science Away"." Social Policy Report:Society for Research in Child Development XIII.1 (1997): 1-13. Web. 7 Apr. 2014. Snyder, William M., and Etienne C. Wenger. "The Organizational Frontier." Communities of Practice 1 (2000): 139-145. Communities of Practice. Web. 9 Apr. 2014. Zeldin, Theodore. An intimate history of humanity. New York: HarperPerennial, 1996. Print. Astin, Alexander W.. What matters in college?: four critical years revisited. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1993. Print.
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