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College Trustees Study, 1968 (ICPSR 7011)

Principal Investigator(s): Educational Testing Service


This study is a large-scale survey of American college and university trustees, carried out in early 1968. Questions were asked about the respondents' backgrounds, their previous relationship to the schools, and their attitudes toward various educational policies. The respondents' activities as trustees, as well as their conceptions of the role of trustee and their political and social views, were also assessed.

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Study Description


Educational Testing Service. College Trustees Study, 1968. ICPSR07011-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2009-07-24. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07011.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07011.v2

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    college activities, colleges, college trustees, educational elites, educational policy, higher education, social attitudes, United States, universities

Time Period:   

  • 1968

Universe:    College and university trustees in the United States.

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    Over 10,000 trustees were initially contacted, representing the voting governing board members of 536 colleges and universities in the United States. Over 5,000 responded, for a return rate of 52.5 percent.

Data Source:

mailback questionnaires

Extent of Processing:   ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Created variable labels and/or value labels.


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-05-03

Version History:

  • 2009-07-24 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setups have been added to this data collection.

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