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Commuter students represent 80% of the undergraduate students in the United States (Stewart and Rue, 1983), and projections rise to 90% for the near future (Hardwick and Kazlo, 1977). While commuter students seek the same benefits from higher education as resident students, their lifestyles vary considerably. Programs developed for traditional, residential students fail to meet the needs of non-resident students, traditional or non-traditional. Stewart and Rue (1983) found commuter students easy to ignore, because they generally arrive on campus after student affairs personnel go home. Ignoring commuter student programming prevents 1 the involvement Astin (1984) considers vital for student development. Involvement theory emphasizes the active participation of the student in the learning process. The learning process encompasses both the curriculum and the extracurriculum.

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Educational Administration and Counseling

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J. F. Kimball


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