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ERIC Number: ED010647
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966
Pages: 261
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Reference Count: 0
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STUDIES OF COLLEGE ENVIRONMENTS.
STERN, GEORGE G.
IN AN ATTEMPT TO INCREASE FUNDAMENTAL KNOWLEDGE ABOUT THE PSYCHOLOGICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF COLLEGE ENVIRONMENTS, THOSE CHARACTERISTICS WERE RELATED TO STUDENT ATTRIBUTES AND TO CRITERIA OF INSTITUTIONAL EXCELLENCE. THE MEASURING INSTRUMENTS USED FOR THIS PURPOSE WERE THE ACTIVITIES INDEX (A PERSONALITY MEASURE) AND THE COLLEGE CHARACTERISTICS INDEX (A MEASURE OF ENVIRONMENTAL CHARACTERISTICS). SAMPLES OF STUDENTS ATTENDING COLLEGES OF ALL SIZES AND TYPES WERE ADMINISTERED THESE QUESTIONNAIRES. RESULTS WERE ANALYZED IN ORDER TO CLARIFY THE MAIN PSYCHOMETRIC PROPERTIES OF THE TWO INSTRUMENTS AS APPLIED TO COLLEGE POPULATIONS, THE EFFICACY OF FACTOR SCORES, AND THE RELATIONSHIP OF MEASURES OF INSTITUTIONAL PRESS AND STUDENT NEEDS TO EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES AND THEIR ACHIEVEMENT. THE DATA INDICATED THAT INCOMING FRESHMEN GENERALLY SHARE STEREOTYPED EXPECTATIONS OF COLLEGE LIFE THAT COMBINE SOME OF THE MOST DISTINCTIVE ACADEMIC CHARACTERISTICS OF THE ELITE LIBERAL ARTS COLLEGES WITH THE COMMUNITY SPIRIT, EFFICIENCY, AND SOCIAL ORDERLINESS OF THE CHURCH-RELATED SCHOOLS, CAUSING A SUBSEQUENT FRUSTRATION AND DISILLUSIONMENT ON THE PART OF STUDENTS. IT WAS PROPOSED THAT, IN ADDITION TO SUCH CONVENTIONAL CRITERIA USED FOR EVALUATING COLLEGES AS PLANT AND PERSONNEL, OTHER MEASURES OF QUANTIFYING INSTITUTIONAL NUANCES BE USED INCLUDING THOSE USED IN THIS STUDY. (GD)
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Authoring Institution: Syracuse Univ., NY.
Identifiers: College Characteristics Index (Stern and Pace); NEW YORK; New York (Syracuse); Stern Activities Index