ERIC Number: ED032862
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969
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Students' Intellectual Attitudes, Aptitude, and Persistence at the University of California.
Mock, Kathleen Ranlett; Yonge, George
This study examined the assumption that the meaning of college experience varies for different types of students by determining the relationships between measured personality characteristics and aptitude of students and their persistence at 3 University of California (UC) campuses--Davis, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. It was hypothesized that the intellectual disposition and academic ability of students were related to their persistence at UC and satisfaction with their experiences there. Information was gathered on freshmen entering in Fall 1965 for 2 years. Data included personality and academic aptitude tests, questionnaires, college achievement and persistence, and interviews. In general, there was not a disproportionate number of average students remaining on the campuses after 2 years (as had been anticipated), although more of those below average left. Academic ability was unrelated to withdrawal in a linear way. Reasons for leaving were related to the types of students. The campus environments were distinct in that different reasons applied to the same types of students at different campuses. Forty percent of all the students had left by Fall 1967. Evidence presented in this report indicates that if administrators and faculty wish to retain the most students possible, particularly those who are highly intellectually oriented, they must more fully accommodate the educational and developmental needs of their students. Extensive tables and copies of the questionnaires document the text. [Not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility of original document]. (JS)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley. Center for Research and Development in Higher Education.