ERIC Number: ED070420
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Jan
Reference Count: 0
The Effect of College Environment on Student Output.
Stobaugh, Cynthia E.
This study investigates the effects of the academic environment of a small, Christian liberal arts college on students' later activities, and the effects of the college on different types of students. Alumni from the classes of 1965 and 1966 were asked why they attended the college and to provide information about experiences they had at the college and their life since graduation. No general differences in college experiences were found for alumni who did or did not attend graduate school, for alumni who did or did not hold a job related to their major, for alumni in various occupations, and for alumni at different income levels. The college environment did, however, provide distinctly different experiences for different types of students. Students who attended the college because they liked its smallness placed greater emphasis on liberal social goals. They were more socially active as students, and continued this trend after graduation through greater participation in community activities. Students who attended the college because they liked its Christian environment placed greater emphasis on conservative social goals and participated more in the formal education process. Results indicate that different students tend to seek out experiences that reinforce their already existing beliefs and interests. (Author)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Washington Univ., Seattle. Dept. of Psychology.
Note: Technical Report 72-31