ERIC Number: ED024350
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Sep
Reference Count: 0
The Effects of College Environments on Students' Decisions to Attend Graduate School. Final Report.
Thistlethwaite, Donald L.
The effects of college environments upon students' attitudes toward pursuing advanced graduate or professional study were investigated. The subjects were 1,178 member of the class of 1963 enrolled in 50 colleges and universities. Survey responses to a standard set of 23 scales were obtained at the completion of the sophomore, junior and senior years. The procedures provided means of studying (1) the relationship of perceived college environments to aspirations and values of students entering a major field (2) the degree to which aspirations and values changed concomitantly with changes in perceived values and expectations of teachers and peers (3) the effect of college environment and experiences upon decisions to enter graduate school immediately after graduation. Tests confirmed the hypotheses that the desire to pursue graduate study was strengthened by the achievement of good rapport with faculty during senior year, by experiencing pressure from peers for advanced study, by talking with faculty, students and parents about graduate study, winning recognition for academic achievements, and participation in research. Most of the results indicate that the examples of teachers and peers persuade many undergraduates that advanced training is an appropriate goal. Alternative methods of controlling errors of measurement in assessing initial status are discussed, and different criteria for assessing impacts of college environment upon student attitudes are evaluated. (Author/JS)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Vanderbilt Univ., Nashville, TN.