ERIC Number: ED245734
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Profile of Entering Students: A Comparison of New Full-Time Students, Fall, 1981, 1982 and 1983. Technical Report 84-06.
A study was conducted to analyze and compare groups of full-time students entering Mercer County Community College (MCCC) in fall 1981, 1982, and 1983 to identify any longitudinal differences, similarities or trends among them. Study data were derived from MCCC's student database, which contains basic demographic information on all enrolled students, and from student responses to the Basic Skills Placement Test Student Biographic Questionnaire, which addresses students' reasons for choosing MCCC, their plans for employment and further education after leaving MCCC, their parents' income and education levels, and areas in which students feel they would need assistance from MCCC staff. Study findings, based on data on 1,370 students entering MCCC in fall 1981, 1,392 entering in fall 1982, and 1,399 entering in fall 1983, included the following: (1) the majority of the students (72% in 1981, 74% in 1982, and 73% in 1983) came from within Mercer County; (2) the proportion of students from families with incomes of $30,000 or more increased from 19% in 1981 to 27% in 1983, while those from families with incomes of less than $9,000 fell from 36% in 1981 to 23% in 1983; (3) the main reasons given for choosing to attend MCCC were that it was close to home, its strengths in students' intended major, its academic reputation, and its low cost; and (4) approximately 60% of the students were attending MCCC to prepare for a new job and 29% to earn transfer credit. The Student Biographic Questionnaire is appended. (HB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mercer County Community Coll., Trenton, NJ. Office of Institutional Research.
Note: Appendix A may not reproduce well due to poor print quality. For related documents, see JC 840 348-351.