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ERIC Number: ED176821
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Abstract of the American College Testing Class Profile for Fall 1978 Freshmen Enrolled in Illinois Public Community Colleges.
Lach, Ivan J.; And Others
The American College Testing (ACT) Class Profile for students enrolled in Illinois public community colleges provides student characteristics and test results information. These data enable local colleges to compare their students with other community college students in the state and nation rather than with college and university students. In 1978, 12,789 students took the ACT Test and entered as freshmen into an Illinois community college. Their average ACT score, which was lower than the national college freshman norm, was 16.6 and their high school grade point average (GPA) was 2.6 (C+). Since 1973, the statewide ACT scores have steadily decreased; conversely, GPA's steadily increased until 1977 and stabilized in 1978. Of the 1978 group, 56% indicated that they would apply for financial aid, while 58% expected to work while in college. The freshmen indicated a need for improving math (47%), study (41%), and reading (38%) skills; for assistance in choosing a major (44%), and for personal counseling (31%). Regarding degree objectives, 59% aspired to a bachelor's degree or higher, 30% desired an associate degree, and 6% sought a certificate. The business/commerce profession was the popular first vocational choice and the most planned educational major. For 47% of the freshmen, the single most important factor in making a college choice was field of study. (AYC)
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, Achievement Tests, College Choice, College Freshmen, Community Colleges, Comparative Analysis, Grade Point Average, National Norms, Occupational Aspiration, Scores, State Surveys, Statistical Data, Student Characteristics, Student Financial Aid, Student Needs, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois Community Coll. Board, Springfield.
Identifiers: ACT Assessment; Illinois; Student Objectives