National Freshman Attitudes Report

Steven Bell wrote about the National Freshman Attitudes Report on The Kept Up Academic Librarian. The report is based on an attitudinal survey administered in the fall to 97,626 first years as they arrived on campus by Noel-Levitz. Questions asked about intellectual interest show that:

  • 57% feel that books have helped them grow intellectually or creatively
  • 47% derive a lot of satisfaction from reading
  • 40% don't like to read scholarly materials and only do so when required
  • 40% do not take any pleasure in reading books 
  • Students at 4 year private IHEs had slightly better attitudes than students at 4 year public IHEs
  • Female students had better attitudes than male students 

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