Date of Award

Fall 2015

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


School of Strategic Leadership Studies


T. Dary Erwin


In an era when the debate surrounding the value of a college education seems solely focused on the earning power of graduates, colleges and universities must make a concerted effort to include additional outcomes in the discussion. One area of promise is the examination of the impact of various college experiences on long term well-being. Using a multiple analysis of variance, this study explored the influence of collegiate leadership experiences on long term well-being and meaningful work. Results revealed that students engaged in activities with focused leadership development reported higher levels of positive meaning in their work and higher levels of meaning making through work than those with no leadership experience as well as those who held positional leadership roles without a focus on leadership development. Further, it was colleges provided this experience equally well through both paid and unpaid positions. Further research is necessary to better understand any additional post-collegiate experience that may have affected the results of the study.

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