Entry profile of the student of the Degree in Gerontology
The challenge that higher education currently presents is to influence the academic problems that are mainly developed in the first year of the degree, derived from the fact that this cycle is characterized by failure, school backwardness, desertion and low terminal efficiency. These processes are triggered or influenced by three factors: the inappropriate choice of profession, the assignment of the career does not correspond to the one requested or the saturation in enrollment. The objective is to identify and analyze the personal, family, socioeconomic and school characteristics of the students who enter the Bachelor of Gerontology at the State University of the Valley of Toluca. The research was carried out from a non-experimental cross-sectional design. The population was made up of 50 students of the 2021 generation of the Bachelor of Gerontology. In the study population, in terms of personal characteristics, a predominance of the female sex (90%) was found; the age range with the highest percentage is between 17 and 23 years old (94%); 98% of the students are single, 74% do not work and 90% do not have children; Regarding school characteristics, 94% of the students come from a public institution and 6% from a private institution; 80% graduated from the general high school and 20% from a technical career. With what was collected, it was possible to verify that the candidate student to enter a bachelor’s degree must meet certain criteria before starting those studies.