ERIC Number: ED367267
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-May
Academic Major and Alumni Perceptions of Growth and Development.
Richardson, Wm. Eddie
This study compared the responses of 4,068 alumni with different academic majors on a questionnaire of dimensions of growth and development (personal/social skills, quantitative skills, verbal skills, and cultural understanding skills) to determine if students with different academic majors responded differentially to these dimensions. The Alumni Satisfaction Survey was administered to graduates from the Universities of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Martin, and Knoxville. Analysis revealed considerable differences among alumni with different majors. Alumni who majored in such areas as as communication, education, human ecology, and nursing believed their education developed their personal/social skills; whereas alumni who majored in agriculture, business, engineering, science, and nursing felt their majors facilitated growth and development in quantitative skills; agriculture and communication majors felt their educational experience developed their verbal skills; and alumni with architecture, communication, human ecology, humanities, or social science majors believed that their education contributed to their cultural understanding. Findings suggests that, although the curriculum, and possibly the ethos, of an academic department appears to reinforce certain dimensions of growth and development more than others, the context of the collegiate experience may have the strongest influence. The appendix presents the study's statistical data. (Contains an 11-item bibliography.) (GLR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (33rd, Chicago, IL, May 1993).