ERIC Number: ED174086
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-May
Reference Count: 0
A Longitudinal Study of First-Time Community College Studnets: An Examination of Selected Characteristics. AIR Forum 1979 Paper.
Hunt, W. Kevin; Thomas, Wanda F.
Data concerning first-time students at Tidewater Community College were examined to identify changing trends among certain student subgroups. Longitudinal data on first-time students, collected each fall quarter between 1973-77, were incorporated in the analyses. A series of contingency tables were developed to represent numerous demographic and socioeconomic variables and educational occupational goals. It was determined that an increase occurred in enrollment of both female and minority students and of part-time students. Results reaffirmed certain previously known information about first-time students: friends are the major influence in selecting the college; a large percentage of new students are married; and adult students are continuing to enroll primarily for the acquisition of job skills. The following variables were considered: sex, race, marital status, age, enrollment status, major goal of attendance, degree level desired, choice of college, college major, and transportation to college. Implications of the findings for college policy and planning are considered. (SW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: AIR Forum 1979; Tidewater Community College VA
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (19th, San Diego, California, May 13-17, 1979)