ERIC Number: ED045918
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
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A Study of Selected Socio-Economic Characteristics of Adults in Educational Activities in Columbus County, North Carolina, Compared with Selected Socio-Economic Characteristics of the Total Population of the County.
Lumsden, Dan Barry
A study was made to determine to what extent the open-door philosophy of the community college is reflected in certain variables of adult enrollees and to what extent communities in the area of Southeastern Community College have been involved in the process of curriculum development. Data on 3004 adult participants were used and similar socioeconomic data on the total county population derived from 1960 census figures. Six variables were studied to determine the proportion of adults enrolled compared with the proportion of adults in the total population--age, sex, occupation, race, location of residence (urban/rural), and education. Proportions derived from census figures were used as models for hypothesizing expected rates of participation. It was found that the proportions of adult participants departed significantly from anticipated proportions; numerous publics in the area were markedly over-represented and numerous others were importantly under-represented. All other proportions of enrollments among adults classified by all variables were either significantly greater or lesser than those expected. Program planning at this college has resulted in an effect not in keeping with the open-door philosophy of the North Carolina system of community colleges. (EB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Programs, Age Differences, Audiences, Census Figures, Community Colleges, Comparative Analysis, Doctoral Dissertations, Educational Background, Enrollment Rate, Expectation, Investigations, Occupations, Open Enrollment, Program Development, Race, Residential Patterns, Sex Differences, Socioeconomic Status
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Authoring Institution: North Carolina State Univ., Raleigh.
Identifiers: North Carolina
Note: Ed.D. Thesis