ERIC Number: ED402851
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Campus Trends 1996. Adjusting to New Realities. Higher Education Panel Report, Number 86.
El-Khawas, Elaine; Knopp, Linda
For the 13th year, a national survey of changes in the academic and administrative practices of American colleges and universities was undertaken. Senior administrators at 403 colleges and universities completed and returned survey questionnaires (80 percent of a sample of 506). Responses were statistically weighted so that results were representative of all American colleges and universities that offer a general program of undergraduate instruction. Selected highlights of the findings include: (1) for half of the institutions, increased attention to teaching and learning ranked among their most significant program changes in the last decade; (2) increased use of technology has become a major focus but only 29 percent of respondents gave strong ratings to their ability to keep up with the latest technological advances; (3) about 20 percent of institutions reported smaller faculties than a year earlier and 23 percent expected faculty size to decrease over the next 5 years; (4) students have become more diverse in racial and economic backgrounds, and there are more adult students; (5) students are taking longer to complete degrees; and (6) more students have part-time jobs. Appendixes contain tables, technical notes, and the questionnaire. (Contains 22 references.) (JLS)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, College Administration, College Faculty, College Freshmen, College Programs, Colleges, Computer Uses in Education, Demography, Educational Practices, Educational Technology, Educational Trends, Higher Education, Multicultural Education, National Surveys, Retrenchment, Self Evaluation (Groups), Student Employment, Time to Degree, Trend Analysis, Undergraduate Study
American Council on Education, Publications Department CT36, Department 36, Washington, DC 20055-0036 ($18 members, $20 non-members).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: American Council on Education, Washington, DC. Higher Education Panel.