Assessment of Students’ Satisfaction on the Restructured Accommodation Policy of University of Ghana”

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UNIVERSITY OF GHANA
UNIVERSITY OF GHANA BUSINESS SCHOOL
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND HEALTH SERVICES MANAGEMENT

A TERM PAPER SUBMITTED
BY
RICHMOND OWUSU
10251417

ON THE TOPIC

“ASSESSMENT OF STUDENTS’ SATISFACTION ON THE RESTRUCTURED ACCOMMODATION POLICY OF UNIVERSITY OF GHANA”

TO

DR. THOMAS BUABENG
ON

15TH NOVEMBER, 2012
Table of Contents
1.0 Introduction1
1.1 Research problem2
1.2 Purpose of the study3
1.3 Objectives of the study3
1.4 Research Questions3
1.5 Relevance of the study3
2.0 Literature Review4
2.1 Introduction4
2.2 The Concept of Student Residential Facility4
2.3 Evolution of the accommodation structure7
2.4 The issue of “Perching”7
2.5 The current residential policy8
2.6 Halls of Residence/Hostels9
3.0 Context of the study15
3.1 Mission statement of University of Ghana15
3.2 Precincts16
4.0 Methodology18
5.0 Data Analysis and Discussions18
5.1 Demographic features19
5.2 Improved Security and Comfort19
5.3 Improved Personal Studies20
5.4 Improved Sanitation21
5.5 Increased Cost22
5.6 Efficiency23
6.0 Conclusion and Recommendations24

1.0 Introduction
At the University of Ghana there are reports that rooms originally built to take two students, are now officially allocated to five students (after minor modifications), but unofficially occupied by as many as eight or nine – to the knowledge of the university authorities! Apart from the obvious hygiene and health hazards posed, what kind of ambience does this provide for study after classes? All of which have brought most African universities to a state of serious deterioration. This is evident not only to those who work or study in those universities but to even the most casual visitor. – (Association of African Universities, 2004) Housing is a basic human need in all societies and fundamental right of every individual. In advanced countries, housing is more accessible to all categories of people including the poor and the needy as a result of subsidies from the government. The situation is not the same in developing countries of the world. In Ghana, for example, accessibility to housing by the poor is quite a difficult situation which is worsened by the harsh economic conditions and poor enabling environment. Likewise, accessing housing facilities by Ghanaian students at the university is no exception, especially where such university happens to be the dream destination of most Ghanaians entering into tertiary institution. In tertiary institutions worldwide, the provision of accommodation to the students’ population takes different models. This includes; non-residential, where students source for their own accommodation. Residential, where the university houses all its students and dual-residential, where the university houses its student population for a period of time only, probably the first and final year, while the students during the remaining period source for their own accommodations. The experiences of students in tertiary institutions in sourcing and securing for their own accommodation around university communities are likely to be interesting and significant. However, it is worth noting that, University of Ghana, the nation’s premier university has gone through a series of development when it comes to how to accommodate its students, both undergraduates and postgraduates.

1.1 Research problem
University of Ghana has undergone a series of reforms when it comes to the residential policy for its students. The ever increasing number of enrollees in the institution is what defines this restructuring of the policy governing students’ accommodation over time. In the past two years what the incumbent vice chancellor of the university term as “Decongestion” has taken place in anticipation to the fulfillment of the university achieving efficiency in its field of operation. The drive has also been fast tracked by his informal goal that the...
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