ERIC Number: ED026945
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-May
Reference Count: 0
Freshmen Entering the University of California, Fall 1966.
The report interprets data collected by the American Council on Education on freshmen at 7 University of California (UC) campuses during a fall 1966 survey of 251 colleges and universities. The 7 campuses are Davis, Berkeley, Irvine, Los Angeles, Riverside, Santa Barbara, and Santa Cruz. Students responded to questions about their backgrounds, personality traits, college aspirations, past activities, and opinions of their schools. Comparisons are made among students at the 7 campuses, between all of them and national normative groups at public and private universities, and in some instances between them and students at Stanford University. The majority of students on the UC campuses rated themselves as above average in academic ability, with the largest group making this claim coming from Santa Cruz. Four traits that received the widest range of responses with Davis students scoring lowest and Santa Cruz the highest, were liberalism, writing ability, originality, and self-confidence. A majority of all students came from Protestant homes. Students describing their religious backgrounds as Jewish or as none tended to be least anti-intellectual as groups, and fundamentalists seemed to be most anti-intellectual. The largest precentages of the first two groups were found at UCLA, Santa Cruz, Berkeley and private universities. In contrast to the public university normative group, UC students did not seem to be as interested in material success as they were in understanding and helping others who are in difficulty. (WM)
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Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley. Center for Research and Development in Higher Education.
Note: Paper presented at the University of California Deans Conference, May 1967.