ERIC Number: ED255106
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
The American Freshman: National Norms for Fall 1984.
Astin, Alexander W.; And Others
National normative data on characteristics of students entering college as first-time, full-time freshmen are presented, based on the results of the fall 1984 Cooperative Research Program survey. The data are weighted to represent the population of freshmen. Extensive statistical data are reported separately for women and men, and for 37 institutional groupings, based on the school's enrollment size, degree of selectivity, control (public, private-nonsectarian, Roman Catholic, and Protestant), religious affiliation, and racial composition. The survey results revealed several continuing trends in student attitudes on political and social issues. Student values continue to show increasing materialism that is also reflected in preferences for careers in the professions, engineering, and business. The data also show declining student participation in government aid programs. High school grade inflation declined, and further evidence was found of the growing role of computers in education. Included are: a narrative summary of the results, information on the research methodology, the 1984 Student Information Form, a specification of region categories and the coding scheme, a list of participating institutions, and a sample freshman survey report provided to a participating institution. (SW)
Descriptors: Church Related Colleges, College Freshmen, Comparative Analysis, Computer Literacy, Females, Full Time Students, Grade Point Average, Higher Education, Males, National Norms, National Surveys, Occupational Aspiration, Political Attitudes, Private Colleges, Questionnaires, Research Methodology, Social Attitudes, State Colleges, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Student Financial Aid, Two Year Colleges, Values
Cooperative Institutional Research Program, Higher Education Research Institute, Graduate School of Education, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90024 ($8.25).
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. Graduate School of Education; American Council on Education, Washington, DC.