ERIC Number: ED220135
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-May
Reference Count: 0
Student Follow-Up of 1976 Entrants: Maryland Community Colleges. Four Years Later.
McConochie, Daniel D.
In spring 1980, a follow-up study was conducted of all students who entered Maryland community colleges for the first time in fall 1976. Questionnaires were sent to 26,829 students soliciting information on educational objectives and goal achievement, full- or part-time attendance, satisfaction with instruction and overall quality, reasons for leaving the community college, employment, and transfer experiences. Selected findings, based on a 47% response rate, include the following: (1) 81% of those who had enrolled in occupational programs were employed at the time of the survey; (2) 70% of those whose primary reason for attending a community college was to prepare for transfer had achieved that goal; (3) 94% expressed satisfaction with their program, and 96% were satisfied with the college attended; (4) 32% of the respondents reported that their primary reason for attending the college was to prepare for transfer, 32% to enter a career or update job skills, 18% for self-interest and enrichment, and 15% to explore a new area; (5) 35% of those entering with the goal of obtaining an associate in arts degree had received the degree within 3.5 years; (6) the primary reasons that non-graduates gave for not returning to college were that they had achieved their academic goal or had transferred before graduation; and (7) 62% of the respondents reported that they had attained the goal for which they had attended college. The questionnaire is appended. (Author/HB)
Descriptors: College Graduates, College Transfer Students, Community Colleges, Dropouts, Employment Patterns, Followup Studies, Outcomes of Education, Participant Satisfaction, Questionnaires, State Surveys, Student Educational Objectives, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Followup
Publication Type: Tests/Questionnaires; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maryland State Board for Community Colleges, Annapolis.; Maryland Community Colleges Research Group.