You are hereHome › College of Education & Professional Studies (CEPS) › Department of Research and Advanced Studies › Schutts, Joshua › Impact Study Style APAChicagoHarvardIEEEMLATurabian Choose the citation style. Schutts, J. W. (2014). Impact Study: Delphi as Compared to Other Campus Residents at UWF. Download PDF Impact Study Details Title Impact Study: Delphi as Compared to Other Campus Residents at UWF Contributor(s) Schutts, Joshua W. (Associate Director, Institutional Effectiveness) (author) Date September 2014 Notes Accreditation, Strategic Planning, and Institutional Research & Effectiveness (ASPIRE) Abstract Joshua Schutts, the Associate Director for Institutional Effectiveness at the University of West Florida (UWF), conducted this study to determine whether student participation in the Delphi living-learning community serves as a viable predictor of student achievement and persistence on four specific measures when specifically compared to other students living in UWF Housing and Residence Life. Data from newly enrolled, full-time, degree-seeking, freshman, first-time-in-college (FTIC) students were aggregated into a single dataset composed of records from the Fall 2010, Fall 2011, and Fall 2012 cohort years. To reduce bias from potential confounding factors, the researcher matched Delphi and other residential students with similar characteristics (covariates) prior to analysis. The researcher then tested the resulting subset of students, with the characteristics themselves further serving as control variables. Summary-level data from the analyses are presented in the following table. Relationships are also described and interpreted for each research question. Overall, the results of these analyses fail to provide evidence to suggest that student participation in the Delphi living-learning community during one’s first year has a significant effect on several of the student success outcomes under study when compared to like peers also living elsewhere in residence. This lack of evidence guides leadership to explore recruitment, selection, programming, and community development around Delphi in direct comparison to other offerings in the Housing and Residence Life purview. A comparison between the UWF living learning community paradigms and those at peer or aspirant institutions is also suggested.