ERIC Number: ED187379
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr-24
Reference Count: 0
Pre-Registration Counseling: A Comparative Study.
Lowe, Irel D.
A study was conducted at Foothill College (California) during Fall 1978 and Spring 1979 to determine the effect of different approaches to pre-registration counseling on students' academic success and degree of satisfaction with their college experience. Four groups of 50 randomly selected, first-time, full-time students were involved in the study. One group received group counseling in an "Introduction to College" course; another underwent individual, pre-registration counseling interviews; the third saw counselors only to obtain approval of courses; and the fourth group chose to receive no academic counseling at all. Program changes, grade point average, and rate of retention were noted for each group at the end of the Fall and Spring terms, and a questionnaire was administered at the beginning of the Spring semester to determine students' satisfaction with the counseling they had received. Major findings indicate that students receiving pre-registration counseling had more satisfaction with their initial program of study and withdrew at a lower rate than the non-counseled group. In addition, students receiving only perfunctory counseling had significantly more program changes, withdrew at a higher rate, and failed to return for the second quarter at a higher rate than did the students who underwent pre-registration counseling. (JP)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Persistence, Community Colleges, Comparative Analysis, Counseling Effectiveness, Counseling Techniques, Educational Counseling, Grade Point Average, Group Counseling, School Holding Power, School Orientation, Student College Relationship, Two Year Colleges, Withdrawal (Education)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Research and Development Conference of the California Community and Junior College Association (Monterey, CA, April 23-25, 1980)