Krista Soria

Krista Soria
University of Idaho | UID · Department of Leadership and Counseling

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Publications (95)
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The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of participation in five different recreational activities—instructor-led group fitness or exercise classes, intramural sports, open recreation, outdoor adventure activities and/or trips, or sport clubs—on undergraduates’ resilience and sense of belonging. We used data from the Multi-Institutiona...
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In this article, the author will discuss processes used by quantitative researchers to render judgments and decisions about the results of their statistical analyses, highlighting what "p-values" represent and how p-values became ubiquitous in quantitative social science research. Suggestions for alternative ways to measure the significance of quan...
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We analyzed data from 7,269 first-generation college students enrolled at nine large, public research-intensive universities who completed the Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) COVID-19 survey. In our sample, 40.3% of first-generation students experienced clinically significant symptoms of major depressive disorder (MDD) and 44.6...
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We analyzed data from 28,601 students enrolled at nine large, public research-intensive universities who completed the Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) COVID-19 survey. Students from underrepresented and marginalized backgrounds had significantly higher odds of experiencing financial hardships compared to their peers, including...
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In this article, authors outline the prevalence of mental health disorders among students during the pandemic, highlight common strategies embedded in campuses’ responses, and provide recommendations for campuses to support students’ mental health.
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The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of living on campus for first-year, first-generation students from low-income backgrounds. Using propensity score matching techniques with Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership survey data (n = 642) drawn from four-year colleges and universities, we found that first-year, first-generation stude...
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This chapter examines the barriers that prohibit poor and working‐class students from accessing and engaging in leadership development experiences. Suggestions to inventory these costs and reshape leadership education to be more inclusive to students from poor or working‐class backgrounds are included.
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Objective This study examined whether program climate factors, stressors, demographic, and institutional variables were associated with doctoral students’ clinically significant generalized anxiety disorder and major depressive disorder symptoms. Participants: This study examined doctoral students’ responses from the gradSERU survey, which was admi...
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Although volunteer community engagement has been recognized as promoting positive academic outcomes among college students, such experiences can be impractical for underrepresented students who often need to work. Community-engaged employment offers paid opportunities for students to earn money while participating in meaningful community initiative...
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In this chapter, the authors synthesize research on existing leadership development programs and practices, highlight why some practices are more effective in students’ leadership development than others, draw theoretical connections between the most influential practices and students’ leadership development, and offer a broad conceptual framework...
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In this chapter, the authors investigate whether students’ participation in the experiential components of co‐curricular activities—specifically student organizations—is associated with their perspective taking and engagement in social change.
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In this chapter, the authors synthesize key ideas presented by authors in this issue to leverage evidence‐based practice in curricular and co‐curricular leadership development. Additionally, they offer guidance for deepening the impact of these practices and broadening their effects to other groups. Lastly, they chart directions for future research...
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One in five undergraduates (22%) and graduate and professional students (19%) enrolled at large public research universities experienced food insecurity, according to the Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) Consortium survey of 31,687 undergraduate students at nine universities and 16,453 graduate and professional students from ten...
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The COVID-19 pandemic has looming negative impacts on mental health of undergraduate and graduate students at research universities, according to the Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) Consortium survey of 30,725 undergraduate students and 15,346 graduate and professional students conducted in May-July 2020 at nine public research...
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Utilizing national data from the Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) survey coupled with in-depth interviews, the authors explored the community engagement experiences of queer- and trans -identified students. Community engagement is nearly ubiquitous in institutions of higher education, and while the impact of this practice on stu...
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The purpose of the study discussed in this article was to investigate the differential effects of service-learning experiences on students’ sense of belonging based on students’ social-class background. We utilized Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) survey data from eight large public research universities and propensity score mat...
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The purpose of this study was to investigate whether college students’ participation in leadership programs, workshops, or courses has an effect on their development of social perspective taking. We analyzed data from the 2015 Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership using propensity score matching and hierarchical linear regression. The results sug...
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Increasingly, colleges and universities across the United States are encouraging students to study abroad, citing enhanced cultural appreciation and critical thinking skills as intended outcomes. However, on every campus, there are students who cannot participate in learning-abroad opportunities because of visa, financial, familial, or other person...
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The purpose of this study was to investigate whether there are associations between college students’ participation in cocurricular activities and their development of leadership and multicultural competence. We analyzed survey data from seven large, public research universities in 2015. The results suggest administrative and social cocurriculars w...
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The purpose of this article was to examine the association between first-year students’ participation in cocurricular leadership experiences and their diverse citizenship, the extent to which students are open to diversity, value diversity, and engage in efforts to improve their communities. We utilized Thriving Quotient survey data from first-year...
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Soria and Brazelton utilize Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) survey data to examine whether international students have a different perception of campus climate compared to domestic students. The authors explore whether those differences in students’ perception of campus climate held controlling for additional demographic and co...
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In this chapter, Soria examines students’ perception of campus climate at large, public research universities from 2012 to 2017. Soria illustrates how students’ perception of campus climate has diminished over time, most significantly for the campus climate for gender, race/ethnicity, and political beliefs but also for socioeconomic status, religio...
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This chapter analyzes the various ways social class identity has been measured among undergraduate students. Implications of social class definitions and measurement for student affairs practitioners also are discussed.
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The introduction establishes the need to educate students for citizenship and social justice to develop citizens prepared to respond to the challenges of our increasingly diverse democracy. The introduction invokes three kinds of citizenship (personally responsible, participatory, and justice-oriented) to encourage a community engagement practice t...
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The purpose of this chapter is to present data related to development of students’ capacities for citizenship and engagement in social justice advocacy efforts at research universities. The authors utilized two sources of data in their analysis: (1) a current survey administered by several large, public research universities; and (2) a longitudinal...
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The purpose of this chapter is to discover whether various community service settings or different types of community service are differentially associated with students’ engagement in social justice. Utilizing data from the Multi-institutional Study of Leadership survey, the authors discovered that all forms of community service (i.e., in a course...
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In this edited volume, authors explore the ways in which departments, programs, and centers at public research universities are working to better engage students in the work of citizenship and social justice. The chapters in this book illuminate the possibilities and challenges for developing community engagement experiences and provide evidence of...
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This book examines campus climate data collected from undergraduates at several large, public research universities across the nation to enhance understanding of the long-term impact of campus climate on student success. Many universities have refocused their attention and energy on campus climate, defined in this volume as students’ perceptions of...
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The ability to understand and incorporate other perspectives into one’s own perspective is an important overarching outcome of higher education and a necessary precursor for the development of most higher-order learning outcomes. Utilizing a multi-institutional survey of 21,548 college seniors, we examined background characteristics and cocurricula...
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The purpose of this study is to analyze whether college students from divorced families are more or less likely than their peers to persist and graduate in 4, 5, or 6 years. Utilizing data from the 2007 Cooperative Institutional Research Program survey of first-year students, the results of multinomial logistic regression analyses suggest that stud...
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The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of first-year undergraduates' (n = 5,368) use of academic library resources in their first year on their degree completion or continued enrollment after four years of study. Propensity score matching techniques were used to construct treatment (library users) and control (library nonusers) groups...
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This chapter explores the concept of intersectionality and its applicability to student leadership development as well as recommendations on how intersectionality can provide transformative learning for students of all gender identities.
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Results of a 2017 experiment using time-based incentive reminders and other innovations that led to a marked increase in response for the University of Minnesota’s 2017 administration of SERU-Undergraduate.
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The purpose of this paper was to investigate whether there are relationships between first-year college students’ use of academic libraries and four academic outcomes: academic engagement, engagement in scholarly activities, academic skills development, and grade point average. The results of regression analyses suggest students’ use of books (coll...
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The purpose of this paper was to investigate whether there are relationships between first-year college students' use of academic libraries and four academic outcomes: academic engagement, engagement in scholarly activities, academic skills development, and grade point average. The results of regression analyses suggest students' use of books (coll...
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We explored the benefits of strengths-based academic advising approaches for first-year students (N = 1,228). We used propensity score matching techniques to create matched pairs of students who did and did not engage in strengths-based advising conversations with an advisor. First-year students who experienced strengths-based conversations had sig...
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This chapter provides information about linking undergraduates’ leadership development assessment to institutional student learning outcomes illustrated by a case example at the University of Minnesota.
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Student community engagement and service learning in the research university setting represent familiar and yet under-documented concepts in higher education. With little known about the rates in which students in the research university engage, student affairs educators and administrators sometimes fail to espouse the value these forms of service...
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Service-learning has often been assumed to be inherently connected to concerns of social justice, but there are few empirical studies exploring these connections. This chapter contributes to this empirical question through exploration of how students classify their community engagement experiences and the outcomes developed in the different types o...
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The world has become more interconnected and complex, and will require future leaders who are equipped for responsible participation in a diverse, democratic society (Bernstein and Cock 1997; Checkoway 2001; Colby et al. 2003; Ehrlich 2000; Jacoby 2009; Levine 2007; Thomas 2010). In their critical roles as “agents of democracy,” colleges and univer...
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The purpose of this chapter is to present a multidimensional developmental model theorizing the development of civic engagement of college students. Civic engagement encompasses broad, interrelated concepts such as citizenship, democratic outcomes, and political beliefs, and researchers have operationally defined civic engagement to reflect differe...
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Research-intensive higher education institutions are ideal settings in which to develop social change agents who can affect permanent change in our diverse society, as these institutions can connect students with people from diverse backgrounds, invite students to learn about diverse perspectives through formal and informal interactions, and develo...
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The purpose of this chapter was to investigate whether international students' participation in high-impact educational practices was associated with students' development of academic skills and academic engagement. Data from a multi-institutional survey of international students enrolled at 13 large, public research universities in 2013 were analy...
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Strengths-based approaches are flourishing across hundreds of higher education institutions as student affairs practitioners and educators seek to leverage students’ natural talents so they can reach “previously unattained levels of personal excellence” (Lopez & Louis, 2009, p. 2). Grounded in a framework of positive psychology (Gilman, Huebner, &...
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The purpose of this study was to examine whether a wide variety of socioeconomic indicators were associated with first-year college students' use of academic libraries in six areas: checking out books from general circulation, reading electronic books, using online reference librarian services or speaking with a peer research consultant, logging in...
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This goal of this study was to examine the benefits of a campus-wide initiative to build first-year students’ strengths awareness. The results of a survey of the first-year class (n = 1,421) suggest a positive and significant relationship between students’ strengths awareness and their belief that the strengths initiatives on campus positively infl...
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The purpose of this study was to examine whether first-year college students’ strengths awareness is associated with their perceived leadership development. The institution in this study offered all first-year students the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment and strengths-related programming. The results of hierarchical regression analysis of two co...
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In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of students studying abroad; however, researchers have discovered that some student populations are not as likely to study abroad, including students with disabilities, multicultural students, and low-income students. Amid these growing bodies of literature that highlight disparities between...
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In response to increasingly globalized environments, many higher education institutions are actively seeking to internationalize their curricular and co-curricular efforts to foster students' development of intercultural competencies-competencies necessary to thrive in a multicultural and global workforce (Lee, Poch, Shaw, & Williams, 2012; Soria,...
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Despite the continued growth of strengths-based approaches within colleges and universities, scholarship regarding the benefits of strengths initiatives in higher education is scarce. This study explores a hypothesized relationship between first-year college students’ strengths awareness and their levels of hope. Utilizing data from a survey admini...
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Utilizing data from the multi-institutional Student Experience in the Research University survey, we examined self-identified working-class students' experiences in higher education. The results suggest that working-class students experience a lower sense of belonging, perceive a less welcoming campus climate, and pursue fewer social engagements th...
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This study examined the associations between undergraduate students’ socioeconomic background (i.e., first-generation status and household income) and their participation as positional leaders at six large, public research universities. Results from logistic regressions predicting positional leadership in student organizations suggested that first-...
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This study explored 1st-generation students' sense of belonging, mental health status, and use of mental health services in comparison to non-1st-generation students. Using the Student Experience in the Research University multi-institutional survey, the authors found that 1st-generation students tended to report lower ratings of belonging, greater...
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Immigration issues continue to generate attention and vigorous debate at national and international levels; some of these discussions involve immigrant students and issues pertaining to higher education (e.g., DREAM Act). Camarota (2007) noted that from 2000 to 2007, 10.3 million immigrants arrived—the highest 7-year period of immigration in United...
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The purpose of this article was to examine the relationships between parental divorce and first-year college students’ persistence and academic achievement at a large public university. Using data from the 2007–2008 Cooperative Institutional Research Program survey of first-year students, the results of a logistic regression analysis suggest that s...
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Like other units within colleges and universities, academic libraries are subject to increasing internal and external pressures to demonstrate their contributions to institutional goals related to students' success. The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationships between first-year undergraduate students' use of the academic library,...
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Utilizing data from the multi-institutional Student Experience in the Research University survey, we examined self-identified working-class students' experiences in higher education. The results suggest that working-class students experience a lower sense of belonging, perceive a less welcoming campus climate, and pursue fewer social engagements th...
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In this paper, we analyzed the relationship between students' motivations for choosing academic majors and their satisfaction and sense of belonging on campus. Based on a multi-institutional survey of students who attended large, public, research universities in 2009, the results suggest that external extrinsic motivations for selecting a major ten...
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This paper examined relationships between students' engagement in community service in different contexts through classes, student organizations, work study, and on their own as well as their development of socially responsible leadership at a large, public, research university in the Upper Midwest. Results from the Multi-Institutional Study of Lea...
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While prior research has established linkages between undergraduate students' library use, research participation, and success, researchers know little about the importance undergraduates place upon libraries and research activities. Utilizing data from the Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) survey, the purpose of this paper was t...
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This multi-institutional study examines differences between working-class and middle/upper-class students at large, public research universities. Significant differences in factors related to working-class students' social integration (including satisfaction, campus climate, and sense of belonging) and academic integration (including collaborative...
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Colleges and universities are increasingly internationalizing their curricular and cocurricular efforts on campuses; subsequently, it is important to compare whether internationalization at home activities may be associated with students’ self-reported development of global, international, and intercultural (GII) competencies. This study examined u...
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While the literature on postsecondary student success identifies important academic and social factors associated with student outcomes, one question that persists concerns the influence of financial aid. We use the National Student Clearinghouse’s StudentTracker service to develop a more complete model of student success that accommodates opportun...
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In this study, researchers examined the benefits of college students’ participation in an extended new student orientation at a large, public research university. Framed within social identity theory, this study extends a hypothesis that extended new student orientations promote the institutional social identity of first-year students and facilitat...
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Academic libraries, like other university departments, are being asked to demonstrate their value to the institution. This study discusses the impact library usage has on the retention and academic success of first-time, first-year undergraduate students at a large, public research university. Usage statistics were gathered at the University of Min...
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This mixed-methods experimental study examined the effect of service learning in a distance education technical writing course. Quantitative analysis of data found evidence for a positive relationship between participation in service learning and technical writing learning outcomes. Additionally, qualitative analysis suggests that service learning...
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This study attempts to discover whether the different study abroad activities in which students participate yield different outcomes for the development of students’ global and intercultural competencies. The five travel and study abroad measures analyzed include experiences in a university study abroad program; study abroad program affiliated with...
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This multi-institutional study examines differences between working-class and middle/upper-class students at large, public research universities. Signif-icant differences in factors related to working-class students' social integra-tion (including satisfaction, campus climate, and sense of belonging) and academic integration (including collaborativ...
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Immigrant college student populations continue to grow on college campuses across the nation; yet, little is known about the experiences of immigrant students. This paper examines differences in perceived academic obstacles between immigrant students and non-immigrant students at six large, public research universities (n = 56,000). The researchers...
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Utilizing results from a multi-institutional survey (n = 11,000+), this study explored differences in perceived campus climate and sense of belonging between atheist and religious college students. Results suggest that atheist students perceive that their beliefs regarding faith are less respected on campus; are more likely to report that they have...
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Colleges are under increasing pressure to develop future citizens who are interested in-and capable of-creating positive social change and improving their communities. Using data from the multiinstitutional SERU survey, this study suggests college students’ participation in leadership positions can promote their engagement in greater social change.
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This study investigates differences in academic engagement and retention between first-generation and non-first-generation undergraduate students. Utilizing the Student Experience in the Research University survey of 1864 first-year students at a large, public research university located in the United States, this study finds that first-generation...
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This study explored differences between working-class and middle/upper-class first-year college students enrolled at large, public research universities. Results from administering the Student Experience in the Research University survey at 11 universities in 2010 (n = 23,331) suggest that working-class first-year students reported a less welcoming...
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This study examined student-faculty interactions and peer interactions among immigrant college students attending 4-year research universities in the United States. Using the Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) survey completed by 58,000 undergraduate students from six large, public research universities, the researchers used analy...
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This article describes an initiative that integrated a strengths-base curriculum into a first-year experience program at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Using a positive psychology framework, students completed the StrengthsQuest and participated in activities designed to help them learn and apply their signature talent themes. A pre- and...
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The Social Network film can serve as a helpful tool for student affairs educators to facilitate learning about issues related to student development theory and practice. In this media feature, the following is provided: (a) a brief synopsis and review of the film; (b) an outline of student development theories and how these can be integrated into t...

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