ERIC Number: ED351909
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Aug
The American College Student, 1988. National Norms for 1984 and 1986 College Freshmen.
Astin, Alexander W.; And Others
This report summarizes the results and presents statistical data (two-thirds of the report) of a 1988 followup national survey concerning the impact of different types of college environments on development of 1984 and 1986 freshmen. The survey involved the following general categories: satisfaction with college, talent development during college, involvement in the college experience, college expectations and outcomes, career plan changes, changes in life goals, attitudinal changes, and retention. Survey data showed that students change in a number of substantial ways after entering college; this being largely dependent on the type of institution the student attends and the student's characteristics at the time of entry. Among findings were the following: (1) students were most satisfied with the library facilities and courses in their major field of study, least satisfied with regulations governing campus life; (2) students reported most growth in general knowledge and especially in knowledge of a particular field, and least growth in their foreign language ability and in their religious beliefs and convictions; and (3) career fields showing the greatest gain in popularity during the college years were business and school teaching, with science-related careers showing the greatest decline. Appendices include the student survey instrument and the weighting methodology used in the statistical analysis. Contains 11 references. (GLR)
Descriptors: Career Choice, College Freshmen, Comparative Analysis, Course Selection (Students), Data Collection, Higher Education, Institutional Environment, Intellectual Development, National Surveys, Statistical Data, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Student Development, Student Educational Objectives, Student Participation, Undergraduate Study
Higher Education Research Institute, Graduate School of Education, 320 Moore Hall, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90024-1521 ($15).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. Higher Education Research Inst.; American Council on Education, Washington, DC.
Note: For related documents, see HE 025 962-967.