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ERIC Number: EJ791621
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 148
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 185
ISSN: ISSN-1551-6970
Liberal Arts Colleges and Liberal Arts Education: New Evidence on Impacts. ASHE Higher Education Report, Volume 31, Number 3
Pascarella, Ernest T., Ed.; Wolniak, Gregory C., Ed.; Seifert, Tricia A. D., Ed.; Cruce, Ty M., Ed,; Blaich, Charles F., Ed.
ASHE Higher Education Report, v31 n3 p1-148 2005
This monograph details the results of a large, systematic study of the short- and long-term impacts of liberal arts colleges and liberal arts education using two longitudinal datasets that together contain information on more than 6,500 students and alumni from more than 40 institutions located throughout the country. The longitudinal nature of both datasets allowed the authors to carry out analyses in a way that avoids the major methodological problems characteristic of much of the existing research. Specifically, the authors were able to estimate the net effects of liberal arts colleges while controlling for many potentially biasing influences of different student precollege characteristics--including in many instances a parallel precollege score on the outcome measure. For example, in estimating the effects of liberal arts colleges on intellectual and personal growth during college, the authors were able to take into account where students scored on each outcome measure when they entered college. Their review of the literature indicates that this report is likely the largest and most comprehensive investigation of the effects of liberal arts colleges and liberal arts education to date. Their study showed that students who attend liberal arts colleges are more likely to encounter good teaching and supportive institutional practices. Moreover, students who experience this combination of good teaching and institutional conditions, a combination that most liberal arts colleges highlight in their admissions material, show larger "value-added" gains on a variety of outcomes. (Contains 6 tables, 5 exhibits, and 6 notes.)
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Serial; Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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