ERIC Number: ED194010
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
New Findings on the Effects of College. Current Issues in Higher Education, 1978.
Solmon, Lewis C.; Ochsner, Nancy
The attitudes and behaviors of college graduates several years after graduation and the changes in their attitudes from their freshman year (1970) until the time of a followup survey (1977) were studied. The following areas were covered with the 9,000 respondents: life goals, religious preferences, how the college graduates spend their time, voting behavior and political attitudes, satisfaction with quality of leisure, and feelings about work and its relationship to other aspects of life. Among the findings are the following: life goals that reflect altruism and political interest declined most in importance, whereas business-related goals grew most in importance; men had more leisure time than women; professional majors had the least leisure time of all the majors; and the most popular leisure activities were spending time with family, engaging in hobbies, sports (for men), and reading. A strong positive association appeared between job satisfaction and satisfaction with leisure. Humanities graduates had the lowest job satisfaction and the lowest satisfaction with life in general. Shifts in political attitudes varied by field, and declines in religious preferences were greatest in the Christian religions. (SW)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, College Freshmen, College Graduates, Followup Studies, Graduate Surveys, Higher Education, Individual Needs, Job Satisfaction, Leisure Time, Outcomes of Education, Political Attitudes, Quality of Life, Recreational Activities, Religion, Social Attitudes, Student Attitudes
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association for Higher Education, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Higher Education (Chicago, IL, March 1978).