ERIC Number: ED035396
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Where Are They Now? A Follow-up of First Time In College Freshmen in Florida's Community Junior Colleges in Fall 1966.
Florida Community Junior Coll. Inter-institutional Research Council, Gainesville.
Florida colleges' own follow-up studies have been valuable to themselves, but statewide research has been needed to assess the system's success--hence this 1969 study of fall 1966 first-time freshmen. From 28,396 students of 26 colleges, a random-stratified sample of 499 was drawn according to each college's enrollment and by sex ratio, with provision for alternates. Usable responses to the 9-item questionnaire came from 277 men and 211 women. As all did not answer all items, they were analyzed individually. Data on residency, high school background, degrees earned, transfer status, value of college experience, and post-college activities were to be used, after analysis, by the State Education Department for statewide planning. The study showed the need for a standard Student Information System to supply full and uniform data on each student in the system. (The Florida Community Junior College Inter-institutional Research Council is now developing such a system.) It was found that the "average" student attends the college in his own county directly after high school, takes over two years to get his diploma, works while at college, graduates from the same one he enters, enrolls in a transfer program, majors after transfer in education or arts/sciences, and feels his junior college experience was helpful. The detailed procedures used in this study could be a model for those wishing to make a similar one. The investigators felt the questions raised by the study were its most valuable result. (HH)
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Authoring Institution: Florida Community Junior Coll. Inter-institutional Research Council, Gainesville.