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RLSH publishes first annual research review

The Residence Life & Student Housing interdisciplinary research team published their first annual RLSH Research Review.

The review is a collection of research projects conducted within SMU’s residential communities from the 2020 – 2021 academic year. Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of RLSH, Melinda Carlson shared, “In [RLSH] we strongly believe that using data to better understand our students and our own operations paves the way to developing new, innovative approaches for better serve students.” The review is one way to demonstrate the unit’s progress to this end. 

The research team has been investigating timely topics, like the impact of COVID-19 on the college student experience and longstanding questions related to the impact of the Residential Commons model on the residential student experience. Director of Academic Initiatives and a leader of the research team, Dr. Dustin Grabsch shared, “We’ve also been hard at work exploring ways we can better serve underrepresented students and improve our professional onboarding practices to enhance our effectiveness. Explore for yourself the research projects and their associated deliverables completed this academic year.”

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