ERIC Number: ED053641
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Dec
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The Harvard College Class of 1970.
Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA.
This report is primarily based on a survey taken of the Harvard Class of 1970 in May of that year. It identifies and discusses four major trends in which this class differs from its predecessors. (1) A significantly higher number of 1970 seniors were undecided about their immediate or long-range plans after graduation. (2) There was a substantial decline in the proportion of seniors planning to continue their education immediately after graduation; many desired a 1- to 3-year transitional period before making a professional commitment. (3) Their graduate school plans differed substantially from those who graduated 4 or 5 years earlier; fewer planned academic careers, while more were interested in attending medical or law school. (4) Many found it much harder to find the kind of job desired, and some actively sought positions that made few intellectual demands on them. The report also offers some recommendations that include: (1) increased time off before starting college; (2) more opportunity for field work related to the student's interests; (3) increased term-time and more attention to providing students with summer employment; and (4) more interaction between students and professionals in fields other than higher education. Comparative tables are included in the appendix. (AF)
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Authoring Institution: Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA.
Identifiers: Harvard University MA