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What Matters in College?: Four Critical Years Revisited

ISBN: 978-0-7879-0838-6
512 pages
January 1997, Jossey-Bass
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From the author of Four Critical Years--a book the Journal of Higher Education called the most cited work in higher education literature--What Matters in College? presents the definitive study of how students change and develop in college and how colleges can enhance that development. Based on a study of more than 20,000 students, 25,000 faculty members, and 200 institutions, the book shows how academic programs, faculty, student peer groups, and other variables affect students' college experiences.
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1. Studying College Impact.

2. Environmental Variables.

3. Assessing Environmental Effects: A Prototypical Example.

4. Personality and Self-Concept.

5. Attitudes, Values, and Beliefs.

6. Patterns of Behavior.

7. Academic and Cognitive Development.

8. Career Development.

9. Satisfaction with the College Environment.

10. Summary of Environmental Effects.

11. Effects of Involvement.

12. Implications for Educational Theory and Practice.

Resources: A. Multiple Correlations at Selected Steps.

B. Longitudinal Changes in the Weighted and Unweighted Samples.
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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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"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."
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