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ERIC Number: ED474033
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jun
Pages: 36
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An Assessment of the Relative Influence of Environmental, Behavioral, and Attitudinal Aspects of the Pre-College Experience in Determining Students' Long-Term Goals and Aspirations. AIR 2002 Forum Paper.
Rasmussen, Christopher J.
The higher education literature is replete with analyses of survey data that attempt to promote insight into various college student characteristics, behaviors, and value orientations. Many studies have been conducted to understand or estimate students' short-term activities and chances for personal and academic success, but less effort has been made to identify the factors that might influence or determine students' long-term goals and aspirations. This study attempted to fill a gap in the literature by using a national, comprehensive survey to consider the relationship of different thematic or conceptual factors to the weight that students assign to various life-time goals and achievements. Using the Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP) annual survey of incoming college students, the study finds that students' motivations for attending college are better predictors of postgraduate goals than are behavioral measures or demographic variables. CIRP responses from approximately 4,400 students in 1986 and about 270,000 students in 2000 were used in the analysis. (Contains 6 tables and 11 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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