The College Influence on Student Character: An Exploratory Study in Selected Colleges and Universities Made for the Committee for the Study of Character Development in Education

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PREFACE

THE STAFF for this study consisted of three members--a di- rector and two assistants--but many more people throughout the country contributed to whatever value the study may have. The staff is grateful for the cooperation of the colleges and uni- versities included in our visits. The responsible officers in these institutions gave us complete freedom to approach any member of the campus community and assisted in making detailed ar- rangements in order that we might participate and observe as fully as possible. Their competence and graciousness enabled us to cover a wide territory, both figuratively and geographically, in a fairly short period of time.

In recent years American colleges and universities have been accused of intransigent opposition to criticism and change. From our experience, however, the fact that these institutions were will- ing to cooperate so fully and to open themselves so completely to scrutiny is strong evidence of their genuine concern for im- provement.

We appreciate particularly the substantial assistance and sup- port from the committee for the study as well as from the staff of the American Council on Education, including in particular President Arthur S. Adams and the committee's secretary, Nicho- las C. Brown.

A number of others assisted in ways large and small. Among our informal consultants have been David Riesman of the Uni- versity of Chicago and now of Harvard, Frederick M. Jervis of the University of New Hampshire, W. Max Wise of Columbia University, Martha Peterson of the University of Wisconsin, Dyke Brown of the Ford Foundation, Ordway Tead of Harper

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