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A closer look at reasons for attending college, focusing on 2010 freshman in NEPA.

A closer look at reasons for attending college, focusing on 2010 freshman in NEPA.

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