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ERIC Number: ED028777
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Feb
Pages: 15
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Results of a Study to Aid in Defining "Success" for Students at the Southeast Branch of the Chicago City College.
Jones, Emmett L.
This study examined the responses of 2,211 students constituting about 75% of the enrollment of an urban junior college in an effort to identify elements of student attrition. The author suggested that there may be criteria of success other than graduation. The purpose of the study was to aid in a definition of "success" as perceived by this sample of subjects. Findings: (1) more students in business, political science, health, and occupational-technical areas tended to plan to graduate than students in science, arts, and humanities, (2) more students seeking professional and graduate degree planned to transfer than to graduate with an A.A. degree, (3) 32% of the students planned to graduate, 30% were not sure if they planned to graduate, 40% were part-time, etc. Conclusions include the idea that, in addition to graduation, "success" in junior college can mean an opportunity to (1) develop interests and aptitudes, (2) formulate definite goals and objectives, (3) achieve passing grades after previous failure, and/or (4) complete part of collegiate training at low cost. It was recommended that educators differentiate between education and training and question their current curricular decisions about what knowledge future college-educated citizens should possess. It was also stated that insistence on the same degree requirements for all students might lead to frustration, academic failure, and finally to college drop-out. (RM)
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Identifiers: Illinois (Chicago)