What Matters in College: Four Critical Years Revisited / Edition 1

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What Matters in College? presents a study of how students change and develop in college and reveals how colleges can enhance that development. The book shows how a range of variables—including academic programs, faculty, student peer groups, and much more—affect students' college experiences. It examines more than 190 environmental characteristics of institutions and details how these factors can have an impact on students' personality and self-concept, patterns of behavior, values and beliefs, academic and cognitive development, career development, and satisfaction with the college environment.

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"An essential addition for the library of any college administrator, faculty member, or student affairs professional. It cuts through many of the myths in higher education with data-driven observations and conclusions. It is one of the best of its kind on the market. If you are invloved in the higher education enterprise, it is a must.", Contemporary Psychology
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787908386
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/24/1997
  • Series: Higher & Adult Education Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author

ALEXANDER W. ASTIN is professor of higher education and director of the Higher Education Research Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles. He lives in Los Angeles.

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Table of Contents

The Author
1 Studying College Impact 1
2 Environmental Variables 32
3 Assessing Environmental Effects: A Prototypical Example 83
4 Personality and Self-Concept 105
5 Attitudes, Values, and Beliefs 141
6 Patterns of Behavior 165
7 Academic and Cognitive Development 186
8 Career Development 245
9 Satisfaction with the College Environment 273
10 Summary of Environmental Effects 312
11 Effects of Involvement 365
12 Implications for Educational Theory and Practice 396
Resource A: Multiple Correlations at Selected Steps 438
Resource B: Longitudinal Changes in the Weighted and Unweighted Samples 442
References 447
Index 457
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