ERIC Number: ED161473
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Non-Returning Students, Spring 1978.
A survey was conducted at Mercer County Community College to determine the demographic characteristics, number of credits, grade point average (GPA), academic program, reasons for not returning, current working and educational status, and opinions of the college of part- and full-time students who enrolled for the fall 1977 semester and did not return spring 1978. Responses were received from 290 of the 847 students surveyed, representing response rates of 30% for full-time students and 44% for part-time students. Both part- and full-time students fell into the 21-25 age range more frequently, and into the 18-20 age range less frequently than the general enrollment. Part-time non-returning students had more credits and higher GPA's than part-time students in general; however, full-time non-returning students did not compare favorably with full-time students' averages in these areas. Non-returning students followed college trends with educational goals focusing on job and transfer preparation. Expectations of returning to Mercer were held by 17% of the full-time and 46% of the part-time students; while 28% of the survey group was already furthering their education elsewhere. The part-time group's reasons for not returning included goal attainment or transfer; more frequently, the full-time group felt they were doing poorly academically. The questionnaire with response percentages is included. (MB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Aspiration, Age, College Credits, Community Colleges, Dropout Research, Employment Patterns, Enrollment Influences, Ethnic Groups, Females, Grade Point Average, Majors (Students), Males, Part Time Students, Participant Satisfaction, Persistence, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Surveys, Transfer Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mercer County Community Coll., Trenton, NJ.