ERIC Number: ED334881
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Perspectives on the Freshman Year. The Freshman Year Experience. Monograph Series No. 2.
Fidler, Dorothy S., Ed.
Following an introduction by John N. Gardner, this monograph presents the text of six keynote addresses, all concerning different issues relative to the freshman year of college, that were delivered at various Freshman Year Experience Conferences during 1988 and 1989. Some of the topics covered concern: freshman development; giving the freshman experience more impact and meaning; the changing demographics of incoming freshman and what the demographic trends look like for the future; and the first year experience and its connection to society and culture. In "Educating Today's Freshmen" Arthur E. Levine offers five suggestions on developing programs in times of uncertainty. M. Lee Upcraft, in "Evolving Theoretical Perspectives on Freshmen," reviews the history of student development theory and presents some challenges to this theory. The third paper, "Today's Freshman: A Puzzle and a Challenge," by Alexander W. Astin, summarizes findings of 23 years of surveying incoming freshmen and offers suggestions for giving the freshman year more impact and meaning. "Changing Demographics--Preparing Freshman Students for the 21st Century," by Reginald Wilson, notes demographic trends leading to seven challenges facing higher education. In "Discovering, Remembering, Learning: When Our Separate Journeys Converge," L. Lee Knefelkamp recounts personal educational experiences and challenges educators to help students connect to meaningful educational experience. The final paper is "International Perspective on The First-Year Experience," by Peter Scott. It addresses the changing context of first-year studies, discusses related academic and non-academic issues, and indicates how these connect to a broader view of higher education. (GLR)
Descriptors: College Freshmen, College Preparation, Demography, Educational Change, Educational Planning, Educational Quality, Higher Education, Minority Groups, Social Change, Speeches, Student Characteristics, Student College Relationship, Theories, Trend Analysis, Undergraduate Study
National Resource Center for The Freshman Year Experience, 1728 College Street, Columbia, SC 29208 ($20.00).
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: South Carolina Univ., Columbia. Center for the Study of the Freshman Year Experience.
Note: For other titles in this series, see HE 024 673-677.