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ERIC Number: ED031237
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Pages: 12
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A Comparison of Admission Officer, Faculty, and Student Perceptions of Their College Environment.
Donato, Donald J.
Various studies have shown that high school students have unrealistic expectations and poor perceptions of college. Whether caused by inaccurate counseling or by poor self-descriptions from the college, these cause student dissatisfaction or failure. This study, to see if admission officers' perceptions of campus climate as presented to the school counselor accurately represent the college environment, asked if (1) differences existed between the college press as seen by students and faculty and as presented to high school counselors by admission officers and (2) differences perceived by admission officers are intellectual or non-intellectual. From a 2-year and a 4-year college, 43 students, 39 faculty, and 10 admission officers were randomly selected. They were tested by the College Characteristic Index of Stern and Pace on items of policy, impression, procedure, attitude, and activity. The perception of college environment by the officers differed greatly from that of students and faculty, on both non-intellectual and intellectual items. The admission officer, tending to stress the college's positive attributes, may be partly responsible for the misconceptions held by counselors and high school seniors. A repeat of this study by officers on their own campuses could lessen the misunderstanding and increase the accuracy of their presentation. Future studies could examine the officer's personality, academic training, length of service, and whether campus experience narrows perceptual differences. (HH)
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Identifiers: Missouri
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