ERIC Number: ED084966
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Feb
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Alumni Reactions to College Student Protest.
Spaeth, Joe L.; Greeley, Andrew M.
The data for this paper are taken mainly from a longitudinal study of the college graduating class of 1961. Based on a subsample of earlier respondents, this study was primarily concerned with the graduates' evaluation of his college, his opinions on the goals of higher education in general, his opinions on the financing of higher education, and his plans for his children's college education. Questionnaires were received from 4,868 of the 6,005 persons in the subsample, for a response rate of 81%. The questionnaire included items on political attitudes and orientations. The questions that concern this paper were part of a battery tapping support for student and black militancy, and views on draft deferments for students. Results include the following: students in humanities were likely to support protests; and father's education is one of the strongest early determinants of support for militancy. There is a possibility that studies such as this can be used to predict to a college which applicants will engage in protest and the use of such a study to prevent the admission of such applicants. However, it is the very characteristics that support dissent that colleges are looking for in potential students. Therefore, colleges are unlikely to deny admission to bright children from well-educated families or students who are likely to go on to graduate school for the reasons that they may support activism while at school. (Author/PG)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Cooperative Research Program.; National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: National Opinion Research Center, Chicago, IL.