ERIC Number: ED401822
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-May
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Student Input, Student Involvement, and College Environment Factors Impacting the Choice of Academic Major.
Coperthwaite, Corby A.; Knight, William E.
This study investigated the ability of student inputs, student involvements, and college environments to predict seven groups of academic majors. The research was conducted using a sample of college sophomores extracted from High School and Beyond 1982 follow-up cohort, N=43,614 (weighted). Among the findings of the hierarchical discriminant function analysis was that the combined effects of the three blocks of variables appeared to be the most effective model. Implications of the results for practice, theory, and research are discussed. The study considered the following inputs: race, gender, high school course work, proposed field of study in college, highest degree expected, academic ability, family background, and personality factors. Involvement indicators were: type and degree of involvement in college activities; course work completed in college; importance of success, money, friends, work, and children; family orientation; and community orientation. Environments comprised: indexes of satisfaction with college facilities; faculty; curriculum; cultural and intellectual life; sports and recreation; social life; counseling and job placement; financial cost; prestige; and institution type, public vs. private. (Contains 20 references.) (MAH)
Descriptors: College Environment, College Sophomores, Course Selection (Students), Decision Making, Educational Environment, Educational Planning, Enrollment Influences, Higher Education, Majors (Students), National Surveys, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Student Educational Objectives, Student Participation
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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