Accession Number : AD0622294

Title :   THE EDUCATIONAL CLIMATE AT WEST POINT AS REPORTED BY FIRST AND FOURTH CLASS CADETS.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept. on Medical Research Proj.,

Corporate Author : ARMY HOSPITAL WEST POINT N Y

Personal Author(s) : Lauterbach,Carl G. ; Vielhaber,David P.

Report Date : MAR 1965

Pagination or Media Count : 34

Abstract : The purpose of the study was to systematically explore views of the West Point educational environment held by two United States Military Academy cadet groups, First Classmen and Fourth Classmen. The College Characteristics Index (CCI), a well standardized inventory of the intellectual and non-intellectual climate of collegiate environments, was administered to 172 First Class cadets (Class of 1960) in March 1960 and to 646 Fourth Class cadets (Class of 1963) in December 1959. The two groups reported the same general profile of the West Point environment on the 30 scales of the CCI. In contrast, the West Point profile was sharply distinctive from profiles available for upperclassmen from other college level institutions. Despite having the same general pattern of views of the educational environment at West Point, the First Class and Plebe cadet groups differed reliably in their responses to many individual CCI scales and statements. Certain necessary qualifications against comparisons of West Point with non-West Point groups on the CCI were emphasized. The report presents one method of summarizing the cadets' views of the West Point environment. It is derived from actual CCI items on which both groups had a high degree of consensus (80% agreement). (Author)

Descriptors :   (*MILITARY FACILITIES, EDUCATION), (*ARMY TRAINING, PUBLIC OPINION), ARMY PERSONNEL, STUDENTS, MILITARY PSYCHOLOGY, ADJUSTMENT(PSYCHOLOGY), PERCEPTION(PSYCHOLOGY)

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE