ERIC Number: ED435353
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Higher Education Trends (1997-1999): Students. ERIC-HE Trends.
Kezar, Adrianna J.
The literature on college students covers five themes: (1) financing, (2) disciplinary issues, (3) diversity, (4) retention, and (5) students' roles in campus innovations and change, although most of the literature is devoted to funding and student discipline. Most of the articles dealing with financing focus on the rising cost of tuition and strategies for paying for a college education; several illustrate the relationship between funding and retention and achievement, and the impact the problem has on minority enrollments. Only a few studies exist of how campuses address financing issues, but the literature on the impact of financial aid on students' access to higher education is growing. The second most frequently cited theme is discipline; articles focus on cheating, alcoholism, abuse in college athletics, and violations of campus code. The prevalence of literature on diversity could reflect student body diversification or a greater acceptance among researchers and practitioners of the importance of diversity; literature in this area abounds with ideas for both practice and research. Research on retention continues to be well represented; researchers have explored how first-year residential experiences, use of health services, use of alcohol, and composition of the faculty by gender and race all affect student attrition rates. (JM)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Alcoholism, Cheating, College Students, Discipline, Discipline Policy, Diversity (Student), Educational Change, Educational Research, Higher Education, Paying for College, School Holding Power, Student Attitudes, Student Attrition, Student College Relationship, Student Financial Aid, Tuition
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education, Washington, DC.; George Washington Univ., Washington, DC. Graduate School of Education and Human Development.