ERIC Number: ED165517
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Reference Count: 0
Differences Between Freshman Expectations of the University of Maryland in 1968 and 1969. Research Report #15-70.
Nault, Stephen P.; Sedlacek, William E.
Differences between freshman expectations at the University of Maryland in 1968 and 1969 were assessed using data from College and University Environment Scales (CUES). Two editions of CUES have been published. CUES I consists of 150 statements about university life that help to define the atmosphere of the institution as seen by the student. The five scales are practicality, community, awareness, propriety, and scholarship. CUES II includes four major changes: (1) the norms are based on a larger sample; (2) the items that had best discriminated between institutions were kept while others were eliminated; (3) new items were introduced in an attempt to keep pace with changing trends; and (4) two new scales were added (campus morale) and (quality of teaching/faculty-student relationships). During the summer of 1969 CUES I was administered to 484 students and CUES II was administered to 593 students who were entering the university. Large changes were recorded from 1968 to 1969 on three of the five scales in CUES I: awareness, propriety, and scholarship. A stress on self, society, and intellectual discipline is expected to be less important by the 1969 incoming freshmen, while caution and thoughtfulness are expected to be more evident. Only on the propriety scale did the CUES II results differ from the CUES I results. It is concluded that "propriety" as measured by CUES II is something different from "propriety" as measured by CUES I. (SW)
Descriptors: College Environment, College Freshmen, Expectation, Higher Education, Institutional Research, Research Projects, School Surveys, State Universities, Student Attitudes, Student College Relationship
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
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