Article Findings: Freshman Tendencies: More Social Drinking More Building Better Relationships Getting to Know Professors Less Personal (Study More) – Struggle Academically Reduced Volunteer Work Reduced Hours Exercising Reduced Hours Discussing Politics
Main Concern: "Students' self-confidence is declining academically. The real challenge of the first year at this point is to help students adjust academically." Linda J. Sax Linda J. Sax - head of the Higher Education Research Institute.
Academic Abilities and Traits: NEPA Survey 2009-2010 Survey Variables: General Academic Ability Mathematical Ability Reading Comprehension Study Skills Time Management Skills Writing Ability Computer Skills
Conclusion: Overall students self-confidence in academics have been highly positive versus negative. Since students are confident in academics then the lower quality in personal behaviors (Grades, Volunteer Work, Exercise, etc) are a result of other behaviors. Risky Behaviors – Social Behaviors Drinking/Partying Facebook/Networking/Relationships
Conclusion Continued: Local College Administrators should be worried. Not because of diminishing academic confidence, but because of social distractions that every college student faces and struggles to come to terms with.