Date of Defense


Date of Graduation



Business - Interdisciplinary

First Advisor

Christina Stamper

Second Advisor

Paula Eckert

Third Advisor

Satish Deshpande


This study examines the factors related to the retention of resident assistants at Western Michigan University. Data was collected from undergraduate students who were resident assistants during the 2019/20 school year. Factors included in this study are resident assistants’ level of conscientiousness, their relationship with supervisors, job satisfaction, effort toward tasks, and retention. The overall goal of this study was to predict how retention was impacted by the other major factors. The results of this study almost fully supported the hypothesized model. The results of this study can be used to assist Western Michigan University Residence Life in understanding why resident assistants choose to leave or stay in their positions.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access