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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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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Paperback Edition xi

Preface xix

The Author xxix

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, Value, 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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Author Information

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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Reviews

"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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