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ERIC Number: ED541563
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
National Freshman Attitudes Report, 2010. Special Focus: Exploring the Influence of the Economy. Fifth Annual National Research Study
Noel-Levitz, Inc
This report describes the self-reported attitudes and motivations of first-year students nationally at the beginning of the undergraduate experience, based on a 100-item motivational assessment administered in the summer and fall of 2009. In particular, the report examines attitudes that may have posed barriers and opportunities for students as they began their pursuit of an academic degree. For context, data collected from students who entered college in fall 2008 and fall 2007 are also included. Highlighted in this year's report are changes in attitudes in light of the uncertain economy. Among the highlights: (1) Entering students' determination to finish college did not appear to be dampened by the economic environment, as nearly 95 percent of last fall's new undergraduates reported they were highly motivated to complete a degree, consistent with previous years' findings. However, more students were pursuing only a two-year degree, corresponding with the increased enrollments at two-year institutions nationally; (2) A growing proportion of entering students--31 percent in fall 2009--reported they had financial challenges that were "very distracting and troublesome"; (3) More than half of entering students remained receptive to a wide variety of forms of assistance ranging from career counseling to help with improving study habits to help with finding a part-time job; and (4) In general, females are aspiring to complete higher degrees than males, a continuing trend. In addition, many more female students, in comparison to males, continued to bring attitudes that signaled greater academic engagement. Appended are: (1) Additional findings on the attitudes measured; and (2) About Noel-Levitz and the survey instrument used in this study. (Contains 2 footnotes.) [For related report, "Addendum by Race/Ethnicity. 2010 National Freshman Attitudes Report. National Research Study," see ED541568.]
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Noel-Levitz, Inc.