Magazine article University Business

Liberal Studies?

Magazine article University Business

Liberal Studies?

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College campuses have long been accused of being bastions of Liberal thought. But the most recent Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP) survey of the nation's entering students at four-year colleges and universities shows that current freshmen, at Least, are arriving on campus with their own more liberal beliefs than previous classes. "The American Freshman: National Norms Fall 2011" shares findings that students are more accepting of everything from same-sex marriages to affirmative action.

In terms of social and political issues, students are not changing their political affiliations, but are viewing the issues in a more liberal way, explains Linda DeAngelo, CIRP assistant director of research and co-author of the report.

In response to whether "students from disadvantaged social backgrounds should be given preferential treatment in college admissions," 42.1 percent of students agree strongly or somewhat. This year is the highest Level of support the question has received since first asked in 1971.

There's a bit of a gender divide on the issue, with men (43.9 percent) being more supportive of preferential ad missions than women (40.7 percent). Yet, support from both genders has increased at the same rate. …

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