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					Freshmen Transfer Rates in
Single-Sex vs. Coed Housing

     Kaelin Stivers, Meghan Delaney,
     and Alfonso Ribero
Importance of study

Could be of value to colleges and
 universities looking to improve their
 retention rates
Studies used were conducted when coed
 dormitories were new (1970s). We wanted
 to find the current relationship between the
 likelihood to transfer and dorm type.
Two factors
 Satisfaction                 Transfer
  Satisfying social needs      Likelihood to transfer
   of students: coed >           among female students:
                                 coed > single-sex ;
   single-sex (Corbett &
                                 male difference not
   Sommer, 1972).                significant (Moos &
  Increases in social           Otto, 1975).
   interactions among
   female students: single-
   sex > coed (Moos &
   Otto, 1975).
Research Questions

Is satisfaction with social interactions a
 result of dorm placement?
If so, do coed dorms or single-sex dorms
 foster more social interaction?
Are these differences in dormitory type
 reflected in transfer rates?
Dorm placement  social interaction 
 satisfaction  transfer
Participants
    48 Freshmen (age 18-19) at
     Hanover College- a small,
     Midwestern liberal arts
     college.
    Participants:                   SS   CE
     Males: 20 (42%)
                              Male   10   10
     Females: 28 (58%)
    Dormitory Type           Female 16   12
     Single-sex: 26 (54%)
     Coed: 22 (46%)
    Race
     White: 43 (90%)
     Other: 5 (10%)
Materials & Procedure
 Created a 21-item questionnaire. Sixteen of the
  questions were intended to measure:
    Dorm Satisfaction
       Example: “I am satisfied with my dorm placement.”
    Satisfaction with Social Interactions
       Example: “I am satisfied with my social interactions at Hanover.”
    Likelihood of Transfer
       Example: “I plan to transfer from Hanover.
 Participants responded to questions using a Likert Scale
  ranging from 1-7.
 The remaining 5 questions were demographic. (age,
  race, sex, dormitory)
 Freshmen were approached in their dormitory room and
  asked to complete the questionnaire.
Results: Dorm Satisfaction
 Satisfaction with                        7
  dormitory significantly
                                           6
  higher in single-sex




                            Satisfaction
  dormitory than in                        5

  coed dormitory, t(46)                    4
  = 2.19, p = .034.                        3               2.58
                                               1.77
                                           2

                                           1
                                               Coed     Single Sex
                                                Dormitory Type
Results: Social Interactions Satisfaction

 Satisfaction with                       7
  social interaction                      6
                                              5.86
                                                          5.55
  higher in coed




                           Satisfaction
                                          5
  dormitory than single-
                                          4
  sex dormitory, t(46) =
  1.47, p = .149                          3

                                          2

                                          1
                                              co-ed    single sex
                                               Dormitory Type
Results: Likelihood of Transfer
 Likelihood of transfer                             7
  significantly higher in




                            Likelihood of Transfer
                                                     6
  coed dorm than in
                                                     5
  single-sex dormitory,
                                                     4
  t(46) = 1.91, p = .021.
                                                     3   2.59

                                                     2               1.62

                                                     1
                                                         Coed     Single Sex
                                                          Dormitory Type
Discussion

Our study shows that freshmen living in
 single-sex dormitories were more satisfied
 and less likely to transfer than freshmen
 living in coed dormitories.
Limitations and further research:
  Need larger and more diverse sample
  Better to run study in fall because of first
   semester transfers

				
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