ERIC Number: ED231265
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
College Student Perceptions: Four-Year Follow-up of 1976 Freshmen. Part I: Academic and Career Plans and Experiences.
Coles, H. William, III.
Academic and career plans and experiences of students in their freshman and senior years were compared. The 280 students first entered the State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNY/B) in the fall semester of 1976 and graduated in the spring of 1980. Students were administered the College Student Perceptions Survey and a followup survey, which included questions concerning educational/career plans and experiences; family; employment; and personal, educational, intellectual, vocational, interpersonal, aesthetic, and civic development. Findings include the following: as incoming freshmen, these students had positive attitudes about attending college; preparing for a career was a very important reason for most of these students to attend college, as was personal and intellectual development; and slightly more than half as seniors intended to obtain masters' degrees, 10 percent more than had intended to do so as freshmen. Details of students' degree aspirations/accomplishments are included, along with 18 aspects of students' development. In addition to a narrative description of the results, numerous data tables are presented. (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, Career Planning, College Attendance, College Students, Enrollment Influences, Followup Studies, Higher Education, Institutional Research, Learning Experience, Occupational Aspiration, Student Attitudes, Student Development
State University of New York, Division of Student Affairs, 122 Richmond Quadrangle, Joseph Ellicott Complex, Buffalo, NY 14261.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Buffalo. Student Testing and Research Office.