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Big Ten Student Unions: A Delphi Policy and Planning Study

Ryan Lahne, University of Nebraska - Lincoln


The purpose of this dissertation was to serve as a problem of practice for the current and future vitality of Big Ten student unions and the study’s overall design was threefold. First, the study determined the mission, purposes, services, amenities, and attributes of Big Ten student unions that directors agreed were necessary in order to meet campus and student needs in the future. To understand the future purposes, amenities, and attributes a thorough review of the current status of these items was conducted. Second, the study identified barriers that may prevent future Big Ten union directors from achieving the future purposes, amenities, and attributes. Third, possible solutions to overcoming the barriers to change was presented. These items allow current and future student union directors in the Big Ten to serve their campus communities in the face of changes in the way traditional services are being provided to students outside of the classroom and provides the framework for future success of student unions at these institutions.

Subject Area

Educational leadership

Recommended Citation

Lahne, Ryan, "Big Ten Student Unions: A Delphi Policy and Planning Study" (2019). ETD collection for University of Nebraska-Lincoln. AAI13811497.