ERIC Number: ED194021
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: N/A
When Dreams and Heroes Died. A Portrait of Today's College Student. Prepared for the Carnegie Council on Policy Studies in Higher Education.
Stereotypes of the overall character of the college student population are seen to have persisted, inaccurately, for several decades. The dangers of such stereotypes are pointed out and educators are warned against policies and practices based on misconceptions about today's students. Information from national surveys of over 95,000 undergraduates during the 1960's and 1970's, a study of institutional policies regarding students at 586 assorted colleges and universities, and interviews with student leaders at 26 diverse institutions are gathered in this study to provide a picture of what today's students are really like, how they have changed since the 1960's, and what they really want from college. The information reveals, among other things, that students today are overwhelmingly materialistic, cynical about society and its institutions (including higher education), and so competitive about grades that they condone cheating. More significantly, their aspirations are inward, personal, and individualistic rather than social and humanitarian. It is suggested that this information is crucial for those developing strategies for redirecting students' often overly self-centered pursuits. One approach recommended is a rigorous four-year undergraduate program that would have these components: (1) a first year spent studying a common interdisciplinary core on the theme of social issues or problems; (2) students majoring in a problem area (such as health or the cities) and minoring in a traditional discipline; (3) students spending one full semester and two summers in a career-related internship, with preparatory and summary seminars; and (4) a senior thesis written in a social problem area, defended by the student, and a senior-year comprehensive examination before graduation. The studies used in the report are summarized in an appendix, and the Carnegie institutional typology and a list of references are also appended. (MSE)
Descriptors: Bachelors Degrees, Change Strategies, College Curriculum, College Students, Core Curriculum, Graduation Requirements, Higher Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Interviews, Leadership, Public Affairs Education, Social Action, Social Problems, Student Characteristics, Values
Jossey-Bass Publishers, Inc., 433 California St., San Francisco, CA 94104 ($13.95)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive; Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Carnegie Council on Policy Studies in Higher Education, Berkeley, CA.