ERIC Number: ED216628
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
College Selectivity, Not College Type, Is Related to Graduate Women's Career Aspirations.
Lentz, Linda P.
Differences among college types and among selectivity levels that may affect women's career aspirations were studied. Graduates of six women's colleges and nine coeducational colleges were compared for three levels of admission selectivity in relation to level of the organizational ladder being pursued, innovativeness of chosen career, and plans to pursue graduate or professional education. Questionnaires were sent to 2,224 female graduates of 15 small, private, liberal arts colleges in the northeastern United States. An overall response rate of 53 percent was obtained. Analyses of variance indicate that there are no differences in aspiration level between graduates of women's colleges and coeduational colleges. For graduates of the two types of colleges, no differences were found in the level of the organizational ladder aspired to, plans to enter male-dominated careers, or plans to pursue graduate or professional education. Innovativeness of chosen career was found to be related to selectivity; the more selective the college, the more nontraditional the occupation selected. A bibliography is appended. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Women's Educational Equity Act Program (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, March 1982).