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|Type of Document
||Hopkins, Carter Byrd Hunter
||Alumnae perceptions of the influence of the undergraduate experience on adult friendship and the overall quality of life
||Higher Education Administration
|Earthman, Glen I.
|Fortune, Jimmie C.
|Hereford, Karl T.
|Parks, David J.
|Date of Defense
Recent research focuses on the importance of relationships to women's
development over the lifespan. The current study of two generations of
Sweet Briar College graduates looked at the perceptions of women in the
classes of 1965 and 1985 about the influence of their undergraduate
experience over their adult friendships. Through a survey, alumnae
indicated the types and patterns of friendships they have formed and
maintained as adults and ranked the importance of friendships to the
total quality of their adult lives In follow-up telephone interviews
with randomly selected alumnae in the two classes, both respondents and
non-respondents, attributes of the Sweet Briar College undergraduate
experience were examined with reference to alumnae opinions about the
influence of each on the quality of the undergraduate experience. The
results illustrated more similarities between the two classes than
differences from the survey and from the telephone interviews. The
telephone interviews helped to clarify some of the findings of the
survey. Both classes reported a strong perception that friendship is an
important aspect contributing to the overall quality of adult life. The
two classes selected similar characteristics, purposes, and foundations
of close friendships. The two classes indicated the perception that
their undergraduate experience had influenced the quality of their adult
lives, and the majority in both classes included at least one friend
made at Sweet Briar among their current friends. Both classes stated
that friends were a positive aspect of the undergraduate experience, and
that friends made at Sweet Briar were integral to the way they have
remember their undergraduate experience and to the ways in which they
choose to relate to the College today. Data from this baseline study
and others like it could prove helpful to higher education
administrators in a variety of institutional settings with regard to
general and specific planning around enrollment management, student
development, institutional advancement, and marketing issues.
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