ERIC Number: ED421945
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Generation 2001: A Survey of the First College Graduating Class of the New Millennium. Study No. 718287.
Krane, David; Cottreau, Amy
This report presents findings of a study of the attitudes of college freshmen who will likely graduate in 2001. Interviews with 2001 freshmen attending public and private four-year colleges and universities are analyzed in text and tables for the following topics: generational differences; beliefs and values; goals and aspirations; finances, social and political concerns; race relations; and a typical week for one member of the class of 2001 students. An executive summary highlights the following major findings: (1) students hold mixed views on generational differences; (2) although marriage and family are important, students are not "wed" to traditional values; (3) parents are students' most frequently named role models; (4) students have specific goals and are confident they will succeed; (5) about half of these students plan to enter the workforce immediately upon graduation; (6) helping others is a high priority, both in their current activities and career aspirations; (7) a minority of students cite high salary or prestige as career goals; (8) students have relatively little knowledge about vehicles for financial security; (9) students are split regarding the country's direction; (10) most students have a negative view of current race relations; and (11) sleeping and socializing take up most of these students' time. A section on the survey methodology and an annotated questionnaire are appended. (DB)
Descriptors: Beliefs, Career Choice, College Freshmen, College Students, Goal Orientation, Higher Education, Money Management, Political Attitudes, Questionnaires, Racial Relations, Social Attitudes, Student Attitudes, Student Educational Objectives, Student Surveys, Tables (Data), Time Management, Values
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Authoring Institution: Harris (Louis) and Associates, Inc., New York, NY.