ERIC Number: ED220126
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Informal Personal Observations of the Statewide Longitudinal Study from a Finance Perspective.
Goff, Richard W.
The implications of the California Statewide Longitudinal Study (SLS) of community college students are considered from the standpoint of finance. After identifying the major problem facing community colleges as their ability to cope with the ever-increasing diversity of students, the paper presents selected SLS findings and offers observations on them. The findings noted include a high percentage of students with zero units or grade points; the substantial proportion of students who increased their skill levels or pay rates while at the community college; the 20% of the evening students attending on an off-and-on basis; the prominence of "job conflict" as a reason for dropping out; and the relationship between "W" grades and attendance without expectation of a grade or credit. In response to these findings, the paper observes a need to examine the financial justification for serving students who attend with no evident result or for personal enrichment, and the need for flexibility in scheduling to avoid attrition due to job conflicts. Next, the 17 student prototypes described in the SLS are defined and discussed in terms of their financial implications. It is recommended that the "leisure skills student,""education seeker," and "art and culture student" prototypes assume the costs of their education. A final observation calls for a reexamination of the community college's base cost and for a finance bill that reflects current, rather than former, programs and students. (HB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Attendance Patterns, Community Colleges, Educational Benefits, Educational Finance, Financial Policy, Financial Support, Grades (Scholastic), Longitudinal Studies, State Surveys, Student Attrition, Student Characteristics, Student Educational Objectives, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: California; Statewide Longitudinal Study CA
Note: Part of a series of papers by a panel of experts reviewing the California Statewide Longitudinal Study (for the final report of this study, see ED 217 917). For other papers in the review series, see JC 820 347-356.