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ERIC Number: ED239576
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Student Quality in the Humanities: Opinions of Senior Academic Officials. Higher Education Panel Report Number 59.
Andersen, Charles J.
Opinions of senior academic officials about changes in the quality of students in the humanities over the past 5 years were surveyed in 1982. Responses were received from officials from 385 institutions with undergraduate programs and 295 schools with graduate programs. Sixty-two percent of the officials believed that undergraduate student quality had not changed significantly; among officials at graduate institutions, 57 percent believed that no change had occurred in the quality of graduate school applicants in the humanities; important indicators on which respondents based their opinions were faculty perceptions, achievement test scores of entering students, and high school grades of new students; 65 percent indicated their opinion that the most able entering students were shifting away from the humanities; the most important reasons for a shift away from the humanities, according to the officials, were the perceptions of limited employment opportunities after earning a baccalaureate and after completing graduate study; and 47 percent of the respondents from the top 50 doctorate-granting institutions noted no change in the quality of graduate school applicants. Detailed statistical tables, questionnaires, and technical notes are included. (SW)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.; Department of Education, Washington, DC.; National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Council on Education, Washington, DC. Higher Education Panel.
Note: For related document, see HE 017 062.