ERIC Number: ED072744
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Dec
Reference Count: 0
The Vietnam-Era Veteran Enters College.
Drew, David E.; Creager, John A.
This document presents a comparison of 1971 college freshmen who have been divided into the subgroups of veteran and nonveteran to determine differences in personal background and characteristics. The Student Information Form (SIF) was used to elicit information from the 171,509 respondents. Some of the findings of the study include: (1) Veterans were from more disadvantaged backgrounds as measured by parents' educational backgrounds and incomes and fathers' occupations. (2) Veterans were more likely to be nonwhite. (3) As to religious background, the veterans were more likely to be Protestant and less likely to be Jewish or "other" than nonveterans. (4) Compared to 1.2% of the nonveterans, 38% of the veterans were married. (5) Veterans generally had poorer academic records in high school than did nonveterans, and the educational aspirations of the veterans were lower. (6) In giving reasons for deciding to attend college, veterans were more likely to give such reasons as gaining a general education, becoming more cultured, improving reading and study skills, and learning more about things that are of interest. They were less likely to say that they had come to college because they wanted to meet new and interesting people or because their parents wanted them to go. (HS)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Disadvantaged Youth, Higher Education, Student Characteristics, Veterans, Veterans Education
Publications Division, American Council on Education, One Dupont Circle, Washington, D.C. 20036 ($3.00)
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Authoring Institution: American Council on Education, Washington, DC. Office of Research.