Bullying in higher education has become a global concern on college campuses and is occurring in face-to-face encounters and through social media. Bullying contributes to hundreds of thousands of students dropping out of their higher education programs annually. This qualitative study brings more awareness to the uncivil behaviors occurring on college campuses. The 4th of the Seven Vectors of Identity Development articulated by Chickering and Reisser: developing mature interpersonal relationships, provided the conceptual framework. Two research questions investigated whether bullying took place on a single college campus and how the bullying revealed itself. Eight alumni participated in face to face semistructured interviews on the institution’s campus. Findings are based on individual participant perceptions that were analyzed for themes recurring throughout the interviews. Five themes: bullying, campus setting, community members involved, institutional support, and impact provided insight into the overall campus climate in the local setting as it pertains to bullying activities in a higher education context. The findings revealed that bullying occur on the campus of the institution studied. These findings may contribute to positive social change by encouraging future research and may influence higher education administrators to take steps to mitigate the risks of bullying on their campuses.
|Commitee:||Stanciu, Ionut-Dorin, Karet, Joanna|
|School Location:||United States -- Minnesota|
|Source:||DAI-A 81/3(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Educational administration, Educational leadership|
|Keywords:||Antibullying, Bullying, Uncivil behavior|
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