ERIC Number: ED031232
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
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The General College Five-to-Ten-Year Follow-Up Study.
Benson, Frank T.; And Others
The General College Studies, v5 n2 1968-69
This study was designed in 1958 to gather two kinds of data: vocational, personal, and educational experiences of 300 freshmen (220 men; 80 women); and their evaluation of the effects of college on their lives. Overall results are given here; other results will appear later. By 1960, the many observations included: 54% valued their courses most highly; 35% valued their counseling; 4% found no experience outstanding; most looked back with favor. In 1966, other points were noted: 61% said college had and 36% said it had not helped them reach their goal; 34% said they would change course if they started again; 66% said they would not change. Of the dropouts, 42% said they had felt uncertain of or dissatisfied with their progress. The report discusses many other points, such as persistence, academic achievement, degrees taken, careers pursued, average income, attitude change or otherwise. Most of the men saw college as an essential step to a vocation, status, and income; the women were less ambitious. Although many of the men had changed their career objectives, 72% were satisfied with their current jobs. The principal conclusion was that instruction and counseling, though good, must become even better. This includes stimulating student motivation, constant evaluation and revision of courses, and continued feedback from current and former students. (HH)
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Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. General Coll.