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December 25, 1937

Surveys of American Higher Education

JAMA. 1937;109(26):2164. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780520054028

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Under the sponsorship of the Carnegie Foundation, Professor Eells of Stanford has made a critical study of the records of surveys in the field of higher education in the United States. Beginning with the Oberlin study in 1908, more than 500 such surveys were identified. Printed and published reports to the number of 230 constitute, however, the primary basis of Professor Eells's analysis. Particular attention has been paid to the technic of educational surveys and to the methods of presenting the data obtained. An interesting chapter has been devoted to an attempt to appraise the results of surveys as seen by the institutions affected and others. Thirty, regarded as outstanding, have been subjected to detailed analysis. The appendixes contain a wealth of material on such subjects as surveying agencies, costs and financing of surveys, bibliography, and opinions concerning future trends in higher educational surveying. Like the war to end war,

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