ERIC Number: ED212222
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Oct
Reference Count: 0
The Survey: Improving Its Usefulness.
Brown, Roberta D.
Attrition at the Arkansas College, a small independent institution, was studied through a survey of former students. Respondents were asked to reflect upon their college experience in relation to personal needs, academic and financial concerns, social life, services, and college life. The College Experience Survey and the Rate of Attrition Instrument, both of which were developed by the Council of Independent Colleges, were used. Full-time freshmen enrolled in the fall semesters of 1975-79 were contacted, and of 284 potential respondents, 149 responded. To encourage responses, a letter and a two-dollar bill were enclosed with the questionnaires. Some respondents noted a need for assistance in goal-setting, lack of availability of classes at particular times, disappointment with financial aid packaging, high costs, and load burdens. Complaints were made regarding the administration and athletics, and some felt that the college failed to meet expectations for a church college and cited problems of drugs, alcohol, and lack of enforced rules. Favorable comments focused on the importance of relationships with faculty advisors, mentors, and professors. Some former students expressed a need for more career-oriented programs. A sample College Experience Survey is appended. (SW)
Descriptors: Church Related Colleges, College Environment, College Students, Dropout Attitudes, Followup Studies, Higher Education, Questionnaires, School Holding Power, Small Colleges, Student Attitudes, Student Attrition, Student College Relationship, Student Financial Aid, Student Needs, Student Teacher Relationship
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Arkansas College
Note: Paper presented at the Joint Conference of the Southern Association for Institutional Research and the North Carolina Association for Institutional Research (Charlotte, NC, October 29-30, 1981).