ERIC Number: ED316160
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
The Undergraduate Experience of Students Who Graduate. Maryland Longitudinal Study Research Highlights. Research Report No. 14.
Maryland Univ., College Park. Maryland Longitudinal Study Steering Committee.
Data from the Maryland Longitudinal Study following 772 individuals who entered the University of Maryland College Park (UMCP) in 1980 were further analyzed to identify characteristics of students who complete the degree program within 5 years and have developed a vocational identity. Subjects were initially identified as either in the Representative Group (reflecting the actual analysis of results of a graduate survey ethnic diversity at UMCP) or Black Group. Graduates were further classified into one of four subgroups based on the level of their vocational identity at the end of the freshman and the fourth year (vocationally underdeveloped, vocationally developing, vocationally clear, and vocationally regressive). Characteristics (e.g., family status, aptitude test scores, high school class rank, emotional adjustment, and employment) of each of these subgroups are delineated. Among findings were that: there is a noticeable difference between the representative and black group in the proportion of students with a low initial vocational identity who still decided on an academic major while in high school; and there appears to be a relationship between low vocational identity and a low degree of investment in the undergraduate experience. Appendices provide: normative data for the vocational identity measure and data by subgroup. Figures are included. Contains 3 references. (SM)
Descriptors: Blacks, Career Awareness, Career Choice, College Graduates, College Students, Graduate Surveys, Higher Education, Longitudinal Studies, Minority Groups, Occupational Aspiration, School Holding Power, Self Concept, Student Attrition, Student Characteristics, Student Motivation, Undergraduate Students
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Maryland Longitudinal Study Steering Committee.