ERIC Number: ED201222
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Comparisons of Men and Women at the U.S. Naval Academy: Outcomes and Processes in Their Development.
Harrison, Patrick R.; Leadbetter, Beth
The integration of women into the U.S. Naval Academy is analyzed. Areas of concern identified before the arrival of women in the class of 1980 were fraternization, acceptance, physical conditioning, berthing, leading and counseling females, publicity, athletic outlets, extra-curricular involvement, summer cruises, weight and diet requirements, and roommates. These areas are looked at with reference to other controlling issues: policy, admissions, attrition, academic and military performance, physical standards performance, conduct and authority, leadership performance, dating, and general living conditions. It was found that women have successfully adapted to the rigors of Academy life and have shown equivalent performance on a majority of outcome measures. In the initial class, which entered in 1976, attrition was high, but the rate has declined. Subsequent classes have experienced more integration and less assimilation, with more reciprocal change. Policy continues as a basis of inequity, and must change for women to be taken seriously in the Academy, and low female enrollment ensures inadequate representation in the authority structure. Statistical tables are appended. (MSE)
Descriptors: Academic Education, Academic Standards, Administrative Policy, Armed Forces, Athletics, Coeducation, College Admission, College Environment, Comparative Analysis, Educational Policy, Equal Education, Extracurricular Activities, Females, Higher Education, Interpersonal Relationship, Males, Military Schools, Military Training, Physical Fitness, School Holding Power, Sex Differences, Sex Discrimination
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD.
Identifiers: Naval Academy MD
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