ERIC Number: ED449717
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
The American Freshman: National Norms for Fall 2000.
Sax, Linda J.; Astin, Alexander W.; Korn, William S.; Mahoney, Kathryn M.
This 35th annual report of national normative data on college freshmen is part of the Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP) longitudinal study to assess the effects of college on students. The freshman data reported here are weighted to provide a normative profile of the U.S. freshman population for use in policy analysis, human resource planning, campus administration, educational research, and guidance and counseling. The data are reported separately for men and women and for 26 different institutional groupings. The major stratifying factors are institutional race (predominantly white versus predominantly black), institution control (public, private, nonsectarian, Roman Catholic, Protestant), institution type (university of four-year college), and the selectivity of the institution. The norms for 2000 are based on the responses of 269,413 students at 434 baccalaureate colleges and universities. An overview identifies major trends, which include: (1) the gender gap in computer use; (2) election year interest in politics; (3) student concerns with "status"; (4) study time and grades; (5) alcohol and cigarette use down; (6) declining interest in health careers; and (7) opposition to death penalty and support for gay rights. Appendixes contain information on research methodology, the student information form, coding, participating institutions, normative data precisions, and a sample report. (Contains 4 tables, 7 figures, and 13 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Career Choice, College Freshmen, Drinking, Full Time Students, Higher Education, National Norms, Sex Differences, Smoking, Stress Variables, Student Characteristics, Tables (Data), Teaching (Occupation)
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Publication Type: Books; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: American Council on Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. Higher Education Research Inst.