ERIC Number: ED209501
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Selected Characteristics of New Students Enrolled in the Department of Adult Education, 1980-1981, University of the District of Columbia.
Goyen, Loren F.
This study is a continuation of an effort to obtain information concerning the characteristics of new students admitted to the Master of Arts program in the Department of Adult Education of Federal College, University of the District of Columbia. Its purpose was to provide descriptive information, established baseline data for future studies, and to obtain information helpful in making administrative and programmatic decisions concerning new students. The study included all persons (29) admitted as regular students in the adult education program for the summer and fall, 1980, and spring, 1981, terms. Data was obtained from the admissions application form and by a questionnaire designed by the researcher. The results of the study show that most of the new students are black and middle-aged, half are male, about half are married, many have children, and most are part-time students who are employed in some phase of adult education. Other data that emerged included that most students are first-generation college students whose fathers were either skilled or semi-skilled workers, professional or semi-professional workers, managerial workers, or self-employed. The primary purpose for attending the program was to enable the student to get a new job or enter a new field, and about half of the students expected to pursue a doctoral degreee. Students had heard of the program from a variety of sources--most frequently from other students or the university catalog, and some expressed needs for late-afternoon classes. Data from this study compared to a study of the previouse year shows some differences, but because of the small numbers studied, no significant trends. The student questionnaire and tables of resultant analyses are appended. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: District of Columbia Univ., Washington, DC. Dept. of Adult Education.
Identifiers: University of the District of Columbia
Note: For a related document see CE 030 529.