Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Educational Administration and Higher Education

First Committee Member

Anthony Saville

Number of Pages



This research analyzed the first semester perspectives of university freshmen at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas during the Fall semester of 1991. This study employed the use of inferential and descriptive statistics on pre- and post-matriculated attitudes and perspectives of a power analyzed, randomly selected sample of freshmen students; Summary of data and conclusions. (1) Some respondents were pleased with their visits to the university while they were still in high school. They perceived that the community was behind the university and that there were strong ties between the two entities. Comments regarding the positive appearance of the University and its energetic qualities were noted. (2) Other students felt that there should be greater emphasis and advertisement of tutoring services for students who were representing the university in some official capacity. (3) A few students expressed anger and frustration that they didn't receive the necessary information to be admitted and registered on time. This necessitated waiting for a period of at least four months on the part of the students in their progress towards their academic goals. (4) Some students responded by suggesting that the process of admission, registration, and receipt of financial aid was extremely complex and chose to attend other institutions where institutional hyperrationalization and bureaucracy was less oppressive and confusing. (5) Respondents noted that when they approached Student Services representatives it seemed as if no one was really listening. Sentiments expressed by the students contained apprehension and frustration. Respondents noted that when approaching the Minority Affairs Office it seemed as if no one was really listening to them. The staff appeared helpful and facilitative, but didn't answer specific questions or concerns. (6) Student expectations of success and involvement were found to be strong before arrival on campus. Although common experiences such as admission, registration, and the obtaining of financial aid disillusioned some. (Abstract shortened by UMI.).


First; Matriculated; Matriculation; Perspectives; Post; Power; Pre; Retention; Semester; Students; Matriculation

Controlled Subject

Education, Higher; School management and organization; Adult education

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Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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