ERIC Number: ED426682
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
The Student Experience at York University: The Effects of Income, Race, and Gender over Four Years.
Grayson, J. Paul
This report presents findings of a longitudinal study of student experiences and how they relate to college outcomes. The study was begun in 1994 and followed approximately 550 students attending the six daytime faculties at York University (Ontario) to the end of 1998. Data included yearly student surveys, focus group meetings conducted with first-year students, and administrative records. Particular attention was paid to differences among faculties, genders, and ethno-racial groups. Findings led to five general conclusions: (1) there was some improvement in students' in-class experiences over the four-year period; (2) students became less involved in many out-of-class activities but maintained a constant amount of interaction with friends over the four years; (3) overall, differences between first and fourth years were not large; (4) in general, the experiences of South Asian and Chinese origin students were relatively negative; and (5) there were virtually no differences based on family income and gender, though experiences varied somewhat among faculties. Individual chapters address the following topics: the university experience, the sample, reasons for attending the university, course work and classroom experiences, experiences outside of class, sources of support for studies, external influences, group experiences, and future jobs. (Contains approximately 85 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: College Outcomes Assessment, College Students, Ethnic Groups, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Income, Longitudinal Studies, Majors (Students), Outcomes of Education, Racial Factors, Sex Differences, Socioeconomic Status, Student Development, Student Experience, Student Surveys
Institute for Social Research, York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M3J1P3; phone: 416-736-5061; fax: 416-736-5749.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Authoring Institution: York Univ., Toronto (Ontario). Inst. for Social Research.