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ERIC Number: ED040686
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Jun
Pages: 76
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The Effects of College Quality and Size on Student Occupational Choice. Final Report.
Meyer, John W.
This study focused on two issues: (1) the effects of college characteristics on the social status of student occupational choices; and (2) an analysis of the characteristics of colleges which affect the degree to which students choose occupations which are academic in character. The study is based on data gathered from 946 students in 99 colleges who returned mail questionnaires both in their freshman and senior years. The findings indicated that: (1) college quality indicators or college size and complexity have neither positive nor negative effect on the overall social status of the occupations selected by students, when individual background factors and freshman occupational choices are taken into account; (2) college quality indicators show no systematic effects on shifting student occupational choices toward either academic or non-academic high status professions; and (3) large schools tend to shift student occupational choice toward high-status professional occupational choices and away from high-status academic occupations, while small schools have just the opposite effect. (AF)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
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