Student Character Development: Relationships, Resources, and Considerations

Irving Epstein, Michael D. Thompson

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This case study examination assessed the significant contributions of college resources regarding students’ character development within a liberal arts institutional setting. The effects of attributed contributions from various interactions and experiences are analyzed within the context of Astin’s [1] input-environment-outcome model. Data elements from student participants in their senior undergraduate year were utilized and extracted from merged longitudinal databases that included matching student responses from Student Information Forms (SIF) and College Senior Surveys (CSS), both instruments from the Higher Education Research Institute. The results of this case study confirmed many established results concerning student character development, yet also continue to raise questions regarding which institutional relationships and experiences have the greatest impact in contributing to its enhancement.
Original languageAmerican English
StatePublished - 2019


  • College Students
  • Character Development
  • Liberal Arts


  • Education
  • Higher Education

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