This thesis is a thoughtful examination of the communication habits of first-year college students
at a university in the Midwestern United States. It sought to discover which tools students use,
how they use them, and how they would prefer to use them in relation to messages from their
academic institution. Quantitative methods were used to analyze the results of a 21-item online
survey questionnaire. The results reveal a strong preference for email and social media, and a
distaste for print and digital signage. The data show that students consider academic personnel
that they share a relationship with (e.g., instructor, teaching assistant, advisor) to be the most
important source of information.
Capstone Project, Presented in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for
Tthe Master of Education Degree in the College of Education and Human Service Professions, May 2018. This item has been modified from the original to redact the signatures present.
University of Minnesota, Duluth. College of Education and Human Service Professions.
Radtke, Stacy L.
Communication Perceptions and Preferences of First-Year College Students.
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