ERIC Number: ED181948
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Fall 1979 Student Demographic Characteristics. Research Report 80-1.
Karlen, Janice M.
A survey of the 2,087 students who applied and registered at Essex County College (ECC) for the Fall 1978 semester was conducted to determine student motivation, goals, needs, and demographic characteristics. The 84-item survey instrument elicited information related to: college choice; sources of information about ECC; prior ECC attendance; course load; educational background and high school performance; marital, veteran, and ethnic status; transportation; residency; size of family; educational plans and certainty about them; anticipated major and occupation; relation of college and occupational plans; employment; immediate post-graduation plans; income of students and their parents; source of college financing; parental employment and education; types of assistance (bilingual, reading, study skills, etc.) required; extracurricular interests; importance of college education to parents and students; the likelihood of changing major and career goals, failing, graduating, dropping out, transferring, getting all A's, or needing counseling; grade expectations; disabilities and health problems; and scheduling preferences. The survey report includes data tables comparing item by item responses with findings from a 1978 survey, and a discussion of the implications of certain findings with regard to the greater need for bilingual and financial assistance as well as vocational and educational counseling. (AYC)
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, Community Colleges, Demography, Educational Background, Extracurricular Activities, Income, Minority Groups, Occupational Aspiration, Parent Attitudes, School Surveys, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Student Financial Aid, Student Needs, Student Personnel Services, Terminal Students, Transfer Students, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Essex County Coll., Newark, NJ.
Note: Not available in paper copies due to the marginal reproducibility of the original document