ERIC Number: ED424805
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-May
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Faculty, Student, and Community Perceptions on the Value of a College Education. AIR 1998 Annual Forum Paper.
Belcheir, Marcia J.; Ollenburger, Jane C.
This study examined faculty, student, and community perceptions of the purpose and value of a college education. A total of 536 undergraduates, 121 faculty, 211 members of the community of a metropolitan university completed a survey based on the ACT College Outcomes Survey that focused on educational outcomes and student growth. The results indicated that faculty and community members found information management skills to be of more importance than did students. Students and community members, however, placed more importance on the acquisition of job skills than did faculty. Women in all three groups placed more importance on all four educational outcomes--information management skills, academic skills, self-knowledge, and job skills--than did men. Faculty placed more importance on the role of the university in fostering values and intellectual growth than did students or community members. Faculty were also more committed to developing social awareness in students than were students themselves. On the other hand, students wanted the university to help them grow more interpersonally than faculty thought should be the case. (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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