ERIC Number: ED189954
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
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Educational Maturity, Race, and the Selection of a College. AIR Forum 1980 Paper.
Naylor, Paul D.; Sanford, Timothy R.
A questionnaire administered to 1979 incoming freshmen at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was used to assess the effects of educational maturity on college choice. Educational maturity is defined by the student's certainty about college major and career choice. Results show that strength of the major department is the most frequent reason for selecting the institution for educationally mature freshmen, both black and white. Those defined as educationally immature selected the university on the basis of academic reputation. It is concluded that the university might do well to build on the apparently accepted idea among educationally mature young blacks that even if a large, traditionally white institution lacks the nurturing environment expected at the traditionally black institution, it can provide elements of future success. However, it is also noted that even the educationally mature black student arrives at the university with a strong desire for special help in such areas as study and reading skills, and the institution must emphasize these areas. Frequency charts for questionnaire items and categories are appended, as are some selected general comments from the response forms. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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