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on campus housing facilities were constructed to allow for

better academic orientation.

Therefore the hall manager

shifted

his

emphasis

to

a

supportive,

tutorial

role

while

still maintaining student (Chesney,

the nonacademic world of Stamatakos, Stepanovich,

the college 1978).

From 1920-1940, the cOllege student was viewed as a manpower unit due to the needs that WWI and WWII imposed on

America.

The

main

focus

was

on

society

as

a

whole

rather

than

looking at the college student on a personal, individual level.

predecessors.

Because of

these changes,

the

halls were not

as readily

utilized as in

the

As a result the student was much more serious, more vocationally orientated, and very concerned with national issues than his

college residence

past.

The

hall

director in keeping with the emphasis of the day, focused very little on the personal development of the student (Chesney, Stamatakos, Stepanovich, 1978).

After WWII the growth of on campus housing mushroomed. Up until 1970, students were viewed as "patients" needing help

in adjusting to the very decentralized.

complex society.

The

faculty

dealt

Student services were

with

academics

while

student

personnel

workers,

or

the

"doctors",

dealt

with

the

personal and social development of the student.

Hall

were instructed to be a Stamatakos, Stepnovich,

friendly 1978).

helper

or

counselor

directors (Chesney,

Since the late 1960's the majority of universities in

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