ERIC Number: ED339309
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
What Really Counts: An Investigation of the Factors Associated with the Perceived Importance of College Attributes among High School Seniors. ASHE Annual Meeting Paper.
Hossler, Don; And Others
This study examined a longitudinal data set (9th through 12th grade students from Indiana) to pose questions about the importance students place on certain college and university attributes as part of their college choice process. Using factor analysis, analysis of variance, and discriminant analysis on data about a representative sample of 110 students, the study established a series of discrepancy scores to indicate the extent to which a student ideally believed an attribute was important to them versus the extent to which the student believed the attribute was actually present in their first choice of institution. Results found that background (family/student) characteristics, others with whom the student talked about college plans, sources of information about institutions, and activities to learn about colleges, affected different institutional attributes in different ways. Although some background variables mattered on all attributes, they had the most effect on attributes defining the location of the college and interpersonal involvement characteristics. Neither a student's grade point average nor educational aspiration affected any of the attributes. The significant others that students talked to about their plans and aspirations affected all measures of the importance of attributes while informational and learning activities affected all but one. Included are four tables, one figure and 57 references. (Author/JB)
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, College Choice, Decision Making, Family Characteristics, Grade Point Average, High School Seniors, High Schools, Higher Education, Institutional Characteristics, Parent Aspiration, Parent Influence, Postsecondary Education, Racial Differences, Sex Differences, Student Characteristics
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Lilly Endowment, Inc., Indianapolis, IN.
Authoring Institution: Indiana Coll. Placement and Assessment Center, Bloomington.
Identifiers: ASHE Annual Meeting; Indiana
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (Boston, MA, October 31-November 3, 1991).