According to Astin’s Theory of Involvement, what a student gains from being involved is directly proportional to both the qualitative and quantitative amount of involvement (Astin, 1999). In addition, research has proven that there is a positive correlation in student involvement with retention and academics (Kuh and Pike, 2005). Getting involved on campus is an ongoing process, and it is important for students to utilize a university’s recourses to help guide them in the possibilities. A university’s Student Activities office is just one of many areas on campus that students can find a myriad of ways to get involved. Students can seek guidance in finding the perfect club or organizations, run for student government, find a passion within a volunteer project, and much more. This video highlights the benefits of getting involved, such as gaining essential leadership skills and forming a core social group, in addition to ways the Student Activities office can be helpful in achieving these goals. Additionally, this video explains the reverse; the negative consequences that come from a lack of involvement.
Student Counseling and Personnel Services
Johnson, Laura and Jarrett, Amanda, "Getting Involved on a College Campus" (2015). Counseling Concepts and Applications for Student Affairs Professionals (CNS 577). Paper 41.