ERIC Number: ED058833
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Dec
Reference Count: 0
The Impact of College on Students' Competence to Function in a Learning Society.
Walizer, Michael H.; Herriott, Robert E.
A considerable amount of evidence shows that college has an impact on the personality characteristics of students in ways that could be interpreted as giving competence to college graduates to function successfully in leadership roles within our society. College graduates are more autonomous, independent, flexible, and socially involved, for example, than noncollege graduates. This personality difference could be due to student differences upon college entrance, or could be a result of the effects of the structural aspects of colleges and universities as social institutions. These 2 possibilities were explored by using the Social Maturity Scale of the Omnibus Personality Inventory, and results show that student change is related to the social structures of the colleges attended as well as to student characteristics upon college entrance. (HS)
Descriptors: College Graduates, College Students, Higher Education, Interpersonal Competence, Social Development
Research and Development Division, The American College Testing Program, P.O. Box 168, Iowa City, Iowa 52240 ($1.00)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Coll. Testing Program, Iowa City, IA. Research and Development Div.