ERIC Number: ED028470
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
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Non-Academic Aspects of College Experience.
The first section of this paper deals with the contributions of non-academic experiences to education. Two measures, "my overall development as a person" and satisfaction with the non-academic scene, indicated positive correlations both between satisfaction with experiences in the non-academic area and overall growth, and between level of participation and overall growth. There was no correlation between academic experience and overall growth. A measure of the kinds of activities students engage in and estimates of their level of participation in such were tabulated. The level of student satisfaction with the non-academic scene was measured. An average of 38% of the 2,000 students sampled indicated satisfaction with the non-academic scene. Satisfaction with the non-academic scene correlated significantly with outlets for creative activities, opportunities for social exchange, and increased clarity of position on ethical, philosophical, and religious issues. Students were also asked to choose the one activity, out of nine, which provided the greatest personal satisfaction. "Self-discovery, self-insight, etc." ranked first, with social life last. Findings appear to indicate that personal growth is the most important aspect of "education" for the student. (KP)
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Authoring Institution: Council for the Advancement of Small Colleges, Washington, DC.