Publication Date

Spring 4-20-2021

Document Type

Action research project: Open access

Degree Name

MA Higher Education Leadership


Leadership Studies


In this action research project, I explored how the University of San Diego (USD) can better support graduate students, particularly through examining the accessibility of existing campus resources. The primary research question was: How can the Office of Graduate Student Life better meet graduate student needs by making existing campus resources more accessible to students? By collaborating with graduate student leaders and campus administrators, I aimed to improve development and well-being for graduate students at USD by eliminating challenges graduate students face when accessing campus resources. Through this research, I found communication and the breaking down of silos across schools and divisions are essential in ensuring resources are accessible to graduate students. More specifically, eliminating time barriers for students in accessing resources, providing student leaders with appropriate tools, and taking a learning organization approach are action steps administration and faculty can take to better support students.

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