Reasons for Attending College<br />Chris Fadule<br />
Researchers at Old Dominion University developed the Transition to College Inventory (TCI) to identify behavior, attitudes and attributes of incoming freshmen.<br />I investigated reasons for choosing to attend college.<br />
“A New Take on What Today’s Students Want from College” by Jeffrey Young<br />Millenials Go to College by Neil Howe and William Strauss<br />
Today’s incoming students are:<br />Close with their parents<br />Focused on grades and performance<br />Busy with extracurricular activities<br />Eager to take part in community activities<br />Saavy in technology<br />Interested in math and science, less interested in community activities<br />Demanding of a secure, regulated environment<br />Respectful of social conventions and institutions<br />
How must colleges adapt?<br />Professors should assign more group projects and use technology more in the classroom.<br />Professors should avoid trying to convert students to different beliefs and should avoid being condescending to them.<br />
Key Concerns for University Presidents Regarding Millenials<br />Campus security<br />Colleges actively marketing security for first time<br />Co-Purchasing<br />Colleges need to market to both prospective students and their parents<br />“helicopter parents”<br />
Reasons 2010 Freshman Chose to Attend College<br />468 incoming freshman from NEPA participated in survey<br />Scale response questions<br />Choices ranged from not important, to somewhat important, to very important<br />
Reasons 2010 Freshman Chose to Attend College<br />The different reasons proposed to the students were:<br />To be able to get a better job<br />To broaden my perspectives<br />To get away from home<br />To be able to make more money<br />To learn more about things which interest me<br />To attain feelings of accomplishment and self-confidence<br />To develop and use my athletic skills<br />To prepare myself for graduate or professional school<br />To participate in college social life<br />To develop interpersonal skills<br />
Conclusions and Major Findings<br />Being able to get better jobs was the most popular reason for attending college (94% Very Important)<br />Being able to develop and use my athletic skills was the least popular choice (43% Not Important)<br />
Conclusions and Major Findings<br />Risky Behaviors:<br />To get away from home<br />To participate in college social life<br />To develop and use athletic skills (for those hoping to play professionally)<br />
Conclusions and Major Findings<br />Most students go to school for the right reasons – to further their educations and to better themselves in the hopes of attaining a good career (one that is lucrative and that they enjoy).<br />Local college administrators shouldn’t worry about this incoming group of students because, for the most part, they are attending college for the right reasons.<br />
References<br />Reasons for Attending College (A Look at 2010 College Freshman in NEPA). 2010 Survey.<br />Young, Jeffrey. The Chronicle of Higher <br />Education. 30 January 2003. “A New Take <br />on What Today’s Students Want from College.”<br />
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