ERIC Number: ED133647
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: 0
Orientation: New Student Survey. Summer 1974.
Betters-Reed, Bonnie; And Others
The purpose of evaluating the orientation program at the University of Texas at Austin was to provide information which would aid the orientation unit in the Office of the Dean of Students in establishing new programs and revising programs already in existence. In the summer of 1974, a total of 4,550 students participated in the survey, which involved completing a questionnaire requesting information about students' concerns and personal philosophies of education. The sample was half male and half female, with 9% non-White minority students. Major findings showed that: (1) students most frequently checked 'job possibilities' as a major concern, followed by 'finding relevant courses'; (2) transfer students were less worried than freshmen about their scholastic abilities and the transition to college; (3) Mexican-American and Black students were twice as likely to check finances as a problem as Anglos; (4) transfer students were more concerned about finances than freshmen; (5) half of the students had a social philosophy towards college, while 20% had a vocational or academic philosophy respectively, and, (6) Blacks more frequently checked the vocational philosophy than other students. The major conclusion was that outreach programs were needed for new students with emphasis on responding to student career and social concerns, and the financial concerns of minority students. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Office of the Dean of Students.
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