The higher education sector across countries is engaged in efforts to create equal opportunity for students to participate in all aspects of the educational process. Yet, with limited school resources, selection processes based on certain standards or criteria have eventually benefitted the privileged students and excluded the others. This one-year longitudinal study was situated within the university residential hall community to investigate the residential experience of two students who were deemed as “unfit” to the “ideal” resident member standard for the usual selection practices. Adopting the photovoice method, this study showcases how the residential environment has the potential to influence hall residents’ personal development and how their personal growth could bring benefit to the residential community. This study suggests theoretical and practical implications to promote an inclusive selection process to increase equitable opportunities for all students aspiring to be benefited from the hall residence in the universities.
Bibliographical noteThe author is the recipient of the Research Grants Council Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme (PDFS2021-8H01) funded by the Hong Kong University Grants Committee.
- Residence life
- Living-learning communities
- Student development
- Student affairs
- Admission/enrolment management