ERIC Number: ED240921
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Factors Affecting the Underachievement of Academically Able College Students.
Reasons for the underachievement of 44 qualified college freshmen were studied. The students had above-average scores on the American College Testing program examination but earned below-average grades in their first year in college. They were invited to discuss their academic status and perceptions of college life with an academic advisor. It was found that for the majority of the respondents the main difficulty was the lack of appreciation for the demands of college-level work. Many students reported that they did not have the necessary self-discipline for independent learning and others were unable to balance their employment commitments with their academic responsibilities. The findings have clear implications for orientation and freshman advisement. Perspective students could be alerted to typical problems for freshmen that may lead to serious academic difficulties in the early semesters of a student's life in college. (Author/SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Joint Annual Conference of the Rocky Mountain Association for Institutional Research and the Southwestern Region of the Society for College and University Planning (Taos, NM, October 12-14, 1983).