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ERIC Number: ED221115
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
Pages: 15
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Student Perceptions of Religion and Campus. (A Survey: Fall Semester, 1981.)
Rutledge, Mark; Haymes, Steven
Perceptions and attitudes of University of New Mexico (UNM) students regarding the university, their church, and the campus ministry were surveyed in fall 1981 through telephone interviews. All of the 40 students were affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Most students (82.5 percent) were members of some church, and most attended one or more times per month. Of these, nearly one-third were involved in church activities in addition to attendance at worship. Students seemed to participate far less in any campus extracurricular organized activities than they did in church. For example, only 30 percent reported involvement in any organized campus activities, and of these only 7.5 percent were involved in religious activities. Many students attended church for reasons of social habit or out of a need for some kind of group affiliation. Many of the students saw themselves as being quite religious. On a scale of 1-10, most students ranked themselves 5, and a strong majority (62.5 percent) ranked themselves 7 or above. However, they perceived other students as being less religious than they were. Forty-five percent reported that their church involvement had decreased since beginning college, mainly because of being busy with school. Students in the sample were largely freshmen and sophomores, half lived on campus, while only about 5 percent of UNM students overall live on campus. All of those reporting a change in their religious attitudes since beginning college indicate some change in a positive direction; they experienced a strengthening of religious attitude because of personal experiences, or they had become more tolerant of others. A sample questionnaire and responses and a newsletter article on the research are appended. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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