ERIC Number: ED031127
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
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Implications of a Program of Research on Student Development in Higher Education.
Astin, Alexander W.; And Others
The 3 papers in this report cover different aspects of a longitudinal research program undertaken by the American Council on Education (ACE) to assess the impact of different college environments on student development. ACE plans to create a comprehensive file of data on students and institutions of higher education which will be updated annually. The first paper focuses on variables that will be used to measure institutional environments, and possible approaches to determine how these variables affect student performance. The second paper deals with relevant criteria for assessing student development, and describes student input data already collected from freshmen for subsequent evaluation of grade point averages in major fields of study, overall college achievement, and performances on achievement tests. The hope is to evaluate changes in student values, attitudes, personality, educational aspirations, and vocational choice, and to relate these to college experience and to student behavior in society at large after graduation. The third paper discusses how results of research on data collected on students and their institutions may contribute to the matching of college-bound students and colleges. It also considers how to present data on a multiplicity of input, outcome, and environmental variables so that they may be of maximum utility in decision-making by students, counselors, and admission officers. (WM)
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Authoring Institution: American Council on Education, Washington, DC.