ERIC Number: ED418666
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Comparative First Year Experiences at York University: Science, Arts, and Atkinson.
Grayson, J. Paul
This study compared the experiences of first-year students in different disciplines at York University (Ontario). Surveys of 336 students in the faculty of pure and applied science, 802 students in the faculty of arts, and 793 students in Atkinson College, the evening college of the university, were conducted during February-March of the first year. The response rates were 68 percent, 70 percent, and approximately 50 percent, respectively. The results indicated that while science students had relatively low levels of contact with faculty, they were more academically and socially involved in the university than arts and Atkinson students. However, arts and Atkinson students were more likely than science students to report that their knowledge over the first year of university had increased. In general, students readily identified shortcomings in their academic backgrounds that made the transition to the university difficult. Moreover, the majority endorsed the establishment of a credit course that would assist them in dealing with the academic and social problems associated with the first-year experience. (MDM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, College Freshmen, Commuter Colleges, Educational Attitudes, Educational Experience, Evening Students, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Knowledge Level, Liberal Arts, Majors (Students), School Involvement, Sciences, Student Attitudes, Teacher Student Relationship
Institute for Social Research, York University, 4700 Keele St., North York, Ontario, M3J 1P3, Canada; phone: 416-736-5061; fax: 416-736-5749 ($12.50).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: York Univ., Toronto (Ontario). Inst. for Social Research.