ERIC Number: ED220128
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Implications of SLS [Statewide Longitudinal Study] for Student Services (Other Than Admissions, Records, Student Information, Counseling, Guidance, and Placement).
Bessire, Jack D.
California's Statewide Longitudinal Study (SLS) of community college students reveals that student services are needed and appear to be effective. Evidence supporting this contention were obtained from a special run of data from third-year interviews with 4,120 of the original sample of 6,490 students. These data indicate that: (1) the level of use of student services, though low, is generally meeting or surpassing expressed need; (2) the percentage of students using specific services by their third year ranged from 40.5% for counseling to 1.9% for women's centers; (3) while only 4% of the students expressed a need for tutorial services in their first year, over 20% had used the service by their third year; (4) 40% of the respondents expressed a need for career planning assistance in their first year; however, only 8.9% had used the service by their third year; (5) over 13% of the students reported using financial aid by their third year, though a rather high proportion were dissatisfied with the experience; and (6) a low proportion of students made use of job placement services. SLS implications include the following: assessment of need for student services should go beyond self-assessment; career planning services should be better publicized and more available; and additional research and development activities should address financial aid, job placement and development, re-entry students, and the service needs of handicapped, nontraditional, and Limited English Speaking students. (HB)
Descriptors: Career Guidance, Community Colleges, Counseling Services, Females, Job Placement, Longitudinal Studies, Participant Satisfaction, Physical Disabilities, Reentry Students, Research Needs, State Surveys, Student Financial Aid, Student Needs, Student Participation, Student Personnel Services, Tutorial Programs, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Use Studies
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.