ERIC Number: ED174287
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Aug
Reference Count: 0
The Statewide Longitudinal Study: First Report. Research Study No. 79-11.
Gold, Ben K.
Los Angeles City College (LACC) is one of 15 California community colleges participating in a three-year longitudinal study designed to provide information on vocational education students, and student characteristics in general, as well as information about the efficacy of small sampling and methods most useful for long-term studies. Data in the first report were obtained for a sample of 558 LACC students from file records and telephone interviews with 61% of the sample. Findings revealed that: (1) of nearly 11,000 new applicants to LACC in Fall 1978, fewer than 7,000 were enrolled in classes at first census week; (2) about 40% of LACC entrants (30% statewide) had previous college experience, with about 15% (10% statewide) holding an associate degree or higher; (3) students indicated a variety of objectives in attending college; 38% had job-related objectives, 35% desired self-enrichment or had no objective, and about 28% planned to transfer to a four-year institution; (4) ethnic minority students accounted for 78% of LACC enrollment and only 34% statewide; and (5) about 60% of LACC students were working, and of these, 80% indicated their job was unskilled or semi-skilled. The image of the community college student as an 18-year-old just out of high school with plans to transfer after four semesters to a university appears to be correct for only a small percentage of students, at LACC and across the state. (DR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Los Angeles City Coll., CA.
Identifiers: California; Student Objectives