ERIC Number: ED156268
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-May-23
Reference Count: N/A
Student Subcultures in the Community College.
Ozaki, Roger H.
In addition to providing demographic information and data on sex, age and college majors, 500 freshmen who attended DeKalb Community College orientation classes during fall 1977 were asked to rank various student subcultures according to preference. The subculture list followed the Clark-Trow model that defines four subgroups among college students: vocational--those who want to learn and graduate to find gainful employment; academic--those who want to explore new ideas and use their intellectual talents for truth and knowledge; collegiate--those interested in college extra-curricular and social programs; and nonconformist--those who remain independent of the system and want to explore innovative ideas with some activism elements in mind. Results indicated that of the day students surveyed, 58% were female; 27.2% were 17 and 62.8% 18 years old; 51 were business, 34 nursing, 31 liberal arts, and 22 engineering majors; 59 were undecided; and 13 or fewer chose one of 61 other majors. As for subculture choice, 47.2% preferred the collegiate, 35% the vocational, 14.4% the academic, and 3.4% the nonconformist categories. Results of this survey of commuter college students compared favorably with results from residential colleges. Study implications are discussed as they relate to student commitment to their college, and a bibliography is included. (TR)
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, Age, College Freshmen, College Role, Community Colleges, Commuting Students, Day Students, Females, Identification (Psychology), Majors (Students), Males, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Student Participation, Student Subcultures, Surveys, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: DeKalb Community Coll., Clarkston, GA.