ERIC Number: ED186067
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
College Students' Perceptions of the Real and Desirable Environmental Variables on a Two-Year Commuter Campus.
Heck, Shirley F.; Weible, Thomas
In an effort to identify the motivational factors contributing to student retention or attrition, 487 students at the Mansfield Campus of Ohio State University (MC-OSU), a two-year, commuter campus, were surveyed to determine their characteristics and reasons for choosing MC-OSU and to assess the variances between their perceptions of the real and desirable campus environment. The questionnaire contained 54 items measuring student perceptions of self-concept, human relations in the college environment, career options, course offerings, and support services. Participants were asked to evaluate the degree to which each item represented the real campus environment and the degree to which it was desirable. The survey revealed several conditions and services which the students found less than ideal, including: (1) their confidence in their ability to solve academic and personal problems and to succeed academically, socially, and in their career; (2) the degree to which they and their opinions were accepted and valued by peers and faculty; (3) their freedom to ask questions and express opinions in class; (4) their certainty about and enthusiasm for their career choice; (5) their concern for their grades and academic ability; (6) their ability to use the library, apply study skills, and prepare adequately for class; (7) the accessibility of instructors; and (8) academic advisement and personal counseling. (JP)
Descriptors: Age, Ancillary School Services, Career Choice, College Choice, College Environment, Commuter Colleges, Courses, Employment, Females, Human Relations, Literature Reviews, Majors (Students), Males, Marital Status, Participant Satisfaction, Place of Residence, Questionnaires, Self Concept, State Universities, Student Adjustment, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Student Personnel Services, Student Teacher Relationship, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ. Mansfield Campus.