ERIC Number: ED201246
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Matching of Students and Universities: A Comparison of Three Chicago Area Universities and Their Student Bodies.
Rosenfeld, Rachel A.; And Others
The extent to which students are well matched with the universities they attend was investigated. The outcome of the choice process was examined with cross-sectional data on students at two private (Northwestern and Chicago) and one public (Northeastern Illinois) Chicago metropolitan area universities. Between and within school variation in satisfaction and academic success revealed differences among the student bodies and suggested explanations for differential satisfaction and success within the different environments. In general, differences were consistent with the stated missions and projected images of the three schools, while the similarities were consistent with past research. There was considerable influence of studying and perceived faculty accessibility on academic satisfaction and grades at all three schools. At Northwestern race and maturation also had effects, at Chicago commitment to general learning and to achieving a higher degree was important, and at Northeastern Illinois sex of student as well as perceived academic reputation was important. As would be expected, students across the three schools differed in their background characteristics, their values and goals, and their responses to their school milieu. Three selection factors were included in the analysis: whether the school attended was the first choice, whether the school's academic reputation was important in choosing it, and whether family tradition or wishes were important. Professor accessibility, academic pressure from peers, and competitiveness were also assessed. (Author/SW)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, College Choice, College Environment, College Students, Competition, Enrollment Influences, Family Influence, Higher Education, Participant Satisfaction, Private Colleges, Reputation, State Universities, Student Adjustment, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Student College Relationship, Student Teacher Relationship
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Illinois (Chicago); Northeastern Illinois University; Northwestern University IL; University of Chicago IL
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Social Problems (Toronto, Ontario, Canada, August 1981). Some tables may be marginally legible.