ERIC Number: ED029592
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Reference Count: 0
Freshmen View the College Scene: Opinions Before and After the Initial Semester.
Chase, Clinton I.; Warren, Suzanne
A questionnaire was administered to 553 entering freshmen at Indiana University to collect data, on a 4-point scale, about the students' assessments of themselves, their academic objectives, and the University. The report deals with data on the 329 students who completed the questionnaire both before attending classes in the fall and at the close of the first semester. The results indicate that by the end of the first semester, the typical freshman's confidence in his academic ability wanes somewhat, although he still considers himself to be capable. He wants to obtain a salable skill, and seeks good teachers who will become personally involved with him in achieving this skill. He also wants a voice in the university's policymaking, would like to have advice and counsel available when he needs it, and prefers autonomy in his personal affairs. Those students who were interested in the performing arts before entering college tended to achieve higher GPAs than those who were not. Also, those who were not interested in influencing public affairs and who were not very concerned about university supervision and policymaking tended to have higher GPAs at the end of the semester than those who were more interested in these items. The report also presents differences between male and female responses to questionnaire items. (WM)
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Authoring Institution: Indiana Univ., Bloomington.