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2013 (Vol. 5, Issue: 4)
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Relative Importance of Student Accommodation Quality in Higher Education

Simon Gyasi Nimako and Francis Kwesi Bondinuba
Corresponding Author:  Francis Kwesi Boundinuba 

Key words:  Accommodation quality, Ghana, hostel developers, higher education, student accommodation, ,
Vol. 5 , (4): 134-142
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March 12, 2013 April 02, 2013 July 25, 2013
Abstract:

This study, which was part of a large study, empirically examinesthe importance students attach to different dimensions of Student Accommodation Quality (SAQ) delivered by Student Accommodation Providers (SAP) in two tertiary (higher education) institutions in Ghana. The study involved a cross-sectional survey that used a structured questionnaire administered to 700 tertiary students in residential and non-residential accommodation. The survey yielded a usable 66.6% response rate for analysis. The findings indicate that utility facility quality is the most important SAQ dimension to the students, followed by the overall impression of hostel, security, physical environment, toilet, distance to lecture, bedroom, bath room, accommodation fee, among others. Moreover, it was found that kitchen facility, access to transport and entertainment facility are less important SAQ items while the least important is garage facility. Few differences were found in the priority for SAQ items between COLTEK and K-Poly respondents and between residential and non-residential respondents. Implications for theory and recommendations to management of the two higher education institutions and SAP have been discussed. The study contributes to the body of knowledge in student affairs and managing student accommodation quality in higher education.
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Simon Gyasi Nimako and Francis Kwesi Bondinuba, 2013. Relative Importance of Student Accommodation Quality in Higher Education.  Current Research Journal of Social Sciences, 5(4): 134-142.
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