ERIC Number: ED060818
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Apr-8
Reference Count: 0
Open Admissions and the College Environment.
Rossmann, Jack E.
This study was conducted to discover what attitudes are held by upper division students regarding an open admissions policy for entering freshmen when they themselves were admitted under rigorous standards. Five large institutions were used for the study: 2 CUNY schools that had recently adopted an open admissions policy; Central U., a residential institution where any graduate of a high school within the State was eligible to enroll; and Midwest U. and Western U. where most freshmen admitted had been in the top 10-15% of their high school graduating class. Results varied among the students surveyed. It was found that students at Central U. held a much more positive attitude toward open admissions than students at other schools. The students at elitest schools tended to hold a negative attitude along with those who had achieved high grades at the CUNY schools. Also, students from affluent backgrounds were more likely to feel that open admissions would lower the value of a degree. Black students and women tended to view open admissions positively. (HS)
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Authoring Institution: American Council on Education, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, April 8, 1972