ERIC Number: ED043293
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Attitudes of College Freshmen in an Experimental Program.
Smith, M. Daniel
This report describes the results of 2 questionnaires designed to measure students' perceptions of and satisfaction with aspects of their small liberal arts college environment. The test was administered to samples of students enrolled in the experimental program, alternates (students who had volunteered for the experimental program but were not selected) and students in the conventional curriculum. It was found that: experimental students viewed the college as less impulsive and more traditional than did other groups; they saw themselves, faculty, others and administrators as less traditional than did other groups; rated the college higher on sympathy and found it more non-directing. They saw themselves as more impulsive, liberal, egg-headed and rebellious than did other students. They were more likely to drop out for academic reasons and less comfortable with other students. The conventional curriculum students saw everything and everybody as more disciplined, more personal and friendly. They viewed other students as more rebellious than themselves, and were most likely to drop out for nonacademic reasons. The alternates saw students as least disciplined, and other students and faculty as less sympathetic. They were most comfortable with other students, but least satisfied with the academic side of college life. (AF)
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Sponsor: Danforth Foundation, St. Louis, MO.
Authoring Institution: New Hampshire Univ., Durham.