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Astin, Alexander W.

Works: 180 works in 441 publications in 2 languages and 14,210 library holdings
Genres: Examinations  Case studies  Bibliography 
Roles: Author
Classifications: LA227.3, 378.73
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Most widely held works by Alexander W Astin
Assessment for excellence : the philosophy and practice of assessment and evaluation in higher education by Alexander W Astin( Book )

25 editions published between 1990 and 2012 in English and held by 1,397 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The second edition of Assessment for Excellence arrives as higher education enters a new era of the accountability movement. In the face of mandates such as results-based funding and outcomes-based accreditation, institutions and assessment specialists are feeling increasingly pressured to demonstrate accountability to external constituencies. The practice of assessment under these new accountability pressures takes on special significance for the education of students and the development of talent across the entire higher education system. This book introduces a talent development approach to educational assessment as a counter to prevailing philosophies, illustrating how contemporary practices are unable to provide institutions with meaningful data with which to improve educational outcomes. It provides administrators, policymakers, researchers, and analysts with a comprehensive framework for developing new assessment programs to promote talent development and for scrutinizing existing policies and practices. Written for a wide audience, the book enables the lay reader to quickly grasp the imperatives of a properly-designed assessment program, and also to gain adequate statistical understanding necessary for examining current or planned assessment policies. More advanced readers will appreciate the technical appendix for assistance in conducting statistical analyses that align with a talent development approach. In addition, institutional researchers will benefit from sections that outline the development of appropriate student databases. - Publisher
What matters in college? : four critical years revisited by Alexander W Astin( Book )

19 editions published between 1992 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,324 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"What is the impact of college attendance on students' personal, social, academic, and vocational development? Do different types of colleges produce different outcomes? How important is the curriculum as opposed to the student peer group and the faculty? How are students affected by the quality and quantity of their personal involvement in the academic and extracurricular life of the institution?" "In 1977, Alexander Astin attempted to answer these and other key questions in Four Critical Years, a book the Journal of Higher Education has since called the most frequently cited work in the higher education literature. In What Matters in College? Astin presents a completely new and expanded study of how students change and develop in college - and reveals 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. He examines more than 190 environmental characteristics of institutions and details how these factors can shape students' personality and self-concept, patterns of behavior, values and beliefs, academic and cognitive development, career development, and satisfaction with the college environment."--Jacket
Achieving educational excellence by Alexander W Astin( Book )

17 editions published between 1985 and 1991 in English and French and held by 1,087 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Minorities in American higher education by Alexander W Astin( Book )

8 editions published between 1982 and 1993 in English and Undetermined and held by 758 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The invisible colleges; a profile of small, private colleges with limited resources by Alexander W Astin( Book )

14 editions published between 1971 and 1972 in English and held by 736 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The "invisible" colleges - private, often church-affiliated institutions with relatively open admissions policies and enrollments under 2,500 - comprise one-third of the four-year colleges in the United States and enroll almost 500,000 students. The author believes that only these colleges can offer their particular students the kind of college experience they seek. (Mjm)
Maximizing leadership effectiveness by Alexander W Astin( Book )

9 editions published between 1980 and 1993 in English and Undetermined and held by 622 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The effect of the managerial style of a college's administrative team on student and faculty behaviors is examined. Reported are the findings of a five-year nationwide study that collected data on the style of administrations at each of 49 colleges and universities and information on the degree of student and faculty satisfaction and involvement at each institution. Four principal types of college and university presidents emerged (the bureaucrat, the intellectual, the egalitarian, and the counselor) and five major styles of administration (hierarchical, humanistic, entrepreneurial, insecure, and task-oriented). Chapters discuss: assessing administrative impacts; profiles of senior academic officers; presidential and administrative styles; leadership impact on faculty and students; implications for practice; and proposals for change in college administrations. Appendices include sample questionnaires, coding scheme for faculty responses, and detailed profiles of chief administrators. Among the several conclusions reached were that colleges with intellectual presidents usually show more faculty time spent on research; colleges with egalitarian presidents report student satisfaction with curriculum counseling and with the accessibility of faculty members generally. It is suggested that a student-oriented approach to administration and planning results in effective leadership. References and an index are provided. (Lc)
The college environment by Alexander W Astin( Book )

11 editions published between 1968 and 1981 in English and held by 597 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

College student outcomes assessment : a talent development perspective by Maryann Jacobi Gray( Book )

12 editions published between 1987 and 1990 in English and held by 586 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The educational and vocational development of college students by Alexander W Astin( Book )

8 editions published between 1969 and 1971 in English and Undetermined and held by 543 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Predicting academic performance in college; selectivity data for 2300 American colleges by Alexander W Astin( Book )

8 editions published in 1971 in English and Undetermined and held by 419 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cultivating the spirit : how college can enhance students' inner lives by Alexander W Astin( Book )

10 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 391 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book is predicated on the belief that the spiritual development of college students has been largely ignored in our colleges and universities, despite the importance of spiritual matters to young people in their quest to lead integrated lives. Thus, while academics are understandably proud of their "outer" accomplishments in the fields of science, medicine, technology, and commerce, colleges and universities have increasingly come to neglect the student's "inner" development--the sphere of values and beliefs, emotional maturity, spirituality, and self-understanding. The book defines "spiritual development" very broadly: how students make meaning of their education and their lives, how they develop a sense of purpose, the value and belief dilemmas that they experience, as well as the role of religion, the sacred, and the mystical in their lives. Each student, of course, will view his or her spirituality in a unique way. For many, traditional religious beliefs and practices may form the core of their spirituality; for others such beliefs and practices may play little or no part. While two-thirds of the students in the study express a strong interest in spiritual matters, well over half report that their professors never encourage discussions of religious/spiritual matters, and about the same proportion report that professors never provide opportunities to discuss the purpose and meaning of life. By raising public awareness of the important role that spirituality plays in student learning and development, by alerting academic administrators, faculty, and curriculum committees to the importance of spiritual development, and by identifying possible strategies for enhancing that development, the book will encourage institutions to give greater priority to these spiritual aspects of students' educational and personal development"
Admitting and assisting students after Bakke( Book )

6 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 384 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Academic gamesmanship : student-oriented change in higher education by Alexander W Astin( Book )

7 editions published in 1976 in English and Undetermined and held by 340 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The book is based in part on an unusual kind of social experiment whose main purpose was to see if a diverse group of 19 colleges and universities could be stimulated to undertake changes in their policies and programs that would be designed primarily to improve the educational environment for students. The stimulus for change was comprehensive data, previously unavailable, showing the effect each college was having on its students. Many things were discovered about the processes of gamesmanship in academe: how decisions do (and do not) get made, how committees operate, how data are interpreted (and misinterpreted), and how and why faculty members resist change. At the same time, a number of very practical ideas were developed about how to design future change strategies to maximize the chances that constructive change will occur. The experiment and the results are explained in detail. (Author/MSE)
Who goes where to college? by Alexander W Astin( Book )

7 editions published in 1965 in English and held by 316 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The American freshman : twenty-five year trends, 1966-1990 by Eric L Dey( Book )

3 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This report summarizes trends identified in 25 years of the Cooperative Institutional Research Program's annual surveys of college freshmen. It documents an array of demographic, attitudinal, and social changes involving students entering the nation's colleges since the survey's inception in 1966. Major findings from this report point to significant changes in students' academic skills, self-image, and personal goals, as well as in their preferences for college majors and careers. Presented are separate normative data summaries for men, women, and all freshmen. Among the trends in recent years are increases in the areas of student altruism, support for school integration through busing, and interest in promoting racial understanding. In addition, there is evidence of increasing student support for the environment and abortion rights. The most dramatic changes that are revealed by the data concern the effects of the Women's Movement and the changing role of women in American society. Tables comprise nearly half the report. Appendices present research methodology, a list of colleges and universities participating in the surveys, the precision of the normative data and their comparisons, and the aggregation of major and career responses. Contains 21 references. (Glr)
The American freshman : twenty year trends, 1966-1985 by Alexander W Astin( Book )

2 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 163 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Are you smart enough? : how colleges' obsession with smartness shortchanges students by Alexander W Astin( Book )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 150 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The American freshman: national norms for Fall 1974 by Cooperative Institutional Research Program (U.S.)( Book )

42 editions published between 1973 and 1994 in English and held by 146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This report presents survey data (from 216,362 students at 403 higher education institutions) on the characteristics of students attending American colleges and universities as first-time, full-time freshmen. The normative data presented are reported separately for men and for women and for 35 different groupings of institutions. The major stratifying factors are institutional race (predominantly black versus predominantly white), control (public, private-nonsectarian, Roman Catholic, Protestant), type (university, four-year college, two-year college), and the selectivity level of the institution. A major trend identified by the survey indicates a rise in student activism: more students are reporting having been involved in demonstrations and expecting to be involved in their college years. In addition, the environment and racial discrimination continue to be among the top concerns of students. Student interest in business careers showed a modest decline down to 21.8 percent from 24.6 percent in 1987, interest in the computer field has declined as well. Degree aspirations for postgraduate study continued to rise to a record level of 59.6 percent of the freshmen surveyed in 1989. In addition, the survey indicates that drug and alcohol use appears to be declining. Appendices contain the research methodology, the 1990 Student Information Form, a list of institutions participating in the Freshmen Survey, and a sample report furnished to the participating campuses. (GLR)
The American freshman : thirty year trends, 1966-1996( Book )

2 editions published between 1997 and 2002 in English and held by 134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On the social psychology of higher education : a bibliography of Alexander W. Astin by Richard H Quay( Book )

1 edition published in 1981 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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What matters in college? : four critical years revisited
Alternative Names
Alexander Astin Allan M. Carter Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Higher Education and Organizational Change/University of California/Los Angeles

Astin, Alexander W.

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What matters in college? : four critical years revisitedCollege student outcomes assessment : a talent development perspectiveCultivating the spirit : how college can enhance students' inner lives