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VOL. 23, NO. 5OCTOBER 3, 1997

First Year Students to Be Surveyed

First year Columbia College students will begin participation this month in a survey of the political attitudes and civic values of American students.

  Columbia is one of six campuses to be surveyed by a research team that includes Patrick Wolf, assistant professor of political science at Columbia.

  Wolf said that he and his colleagues from the University of Texas, the University of North Texas and St. Olaf College in Minnesota plan to re-survey the students in three years to test the influence of their college experience on their political attitudes and civic values, such as tolerance, volunteerism, and patriotism.

  In November, eighth grade students in public, private, and religious schools in New York City, Dallas, and Minneapolis also will be surveyed on their political attitudes and civic values.

  High School students in those three cities will be surveyed in the spring.

  Other campuses participating in the study include the University of Texas, Texas Christian University, University of North Texas, University of Houston, and St. Olaf College.

  The college survey component of the study is being funded by the Harvard Program on Educational Policy and Governance.

  For more information, contact Patrick Wolf at 854-4983 or pjw18@columbia.edu.