ERIC Number: ED340325
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Sep
The American Freshman: Twenty-Five Year Trends, 1966-1990.
Dey, Eric L.; And Others
This report summarizes trends identified in 25 years of the Cooperative Institutional Research Program's annual surveys of college freshmen. It documents an array of demographic, attitudinal, and social changes involving students entering the nation's colleges since the survey's inception in 1966. Major findings from this report point to significant changes in students' academic skills, self-image, and personal goals, as well as in their preferences for college majors and careers. Presented are separate normative data summaries for men, women, and all freshmen. Among the trends in recent years are increases in the areas of student altruism, support for school integration through busing, and interest in promoting racial understanding. In addition, there is evidence of increasing student support for the environment and abortion rights. The most dramatic changes that are revealed by the data concern the effects of the Women's Movement and the changing role of women in American society. Tables comprise nearly half the report. Appendices present research methodology, a list of colleges and universities participating in the surveys, the precision of the normative data and their comparisons, and the aggregation of major and career responses. Contains 21 references. (GLR)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Career Choice, College Freshmen, Comparative Analysis, Data Analysis, Economic Status, Enrollment, Family Income, Feminism, Higher Education, Longitudinal Studies, Marriage, National Norms, National Surveys, Political Issues, Secondary Education, Self Esteem, Student Attitudes, Student Educational Objectives, Student Interests, Trend Analysis, Values
Higher Education Research Institute, Graduate School of Education, 320 Moore Hall, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90024-1521 ($25.00).
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Lilly Endowment, Inc., Indianapolis, IN.; Department of Education, Washington, DC.; National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.; Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Higher Education Research Inst., Inc., Los Angeles, CA.; American Council on Education, Washington, DC.
Note: For a related document, see HE 025 181 and ED 303 133. A product of the Cooperative Institutional Research Program.