ERIC Number: ED232070
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
A Career Class Does Have an Impact: A Ten Year Follow-Up.
Goodson, William Dale
In recent years many colleges and universities have been offering various types of career classes to aid students with undecided majors choose their college major and future occupation. In an attempt to assess the effect of a short-term career class on undecided students, two groups of students enrolled in 1966 were assessed after 10 years. An experimental group (155 men, 70 women) of students who had taken the class was compared with a control group (155 men, 70 women) of students who had not taken the class. Data analyses indicated that a significantly higher percentage of students who had taken the class completed college during the 10 year period. Although no significant differences were found among the men, a significantly greater percentage of the women who took the class completed 4 years of college. No significant differences were found between the two groups in the number of changes of college major. Although the data indicate that enrollment in the career class did seem to have the greatest influence on undecided female students, the reasons for this effect are unknown. Follow-up studies might focus on evaluating the impact of recently developed, longer-term, credit career classes. (AG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Personnel and Guidance Association (Detroit, MI, March 17-20, 1982).