ERIC Number: ED327235
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Opinions and Attitudes of Statewide Community College Students, June 1988.
Michigan State Board of Education, Lansing. Project Outreach.
In June 1988, a statewide telephone survey was conducted of 1,200 full- and part-time students from the 29 Michigan community colleges. The colleges were classified as rural, urban, and suburban institutions, and a total of 200 part-time and 200 full-time students were contacted from each group. Study findings included the following: (1) while 51% of the full-time students had initially considered attending a four-year college, 58% of the part-time students had not; (2) major reasons cited for selecting a community college included the college's close proximity to home (51%), low cost (39%), and better programs (16%); (3) stated educational goals included obtaining university transfer credits (31%), preparing for a desired job (28%), and improving existing job skills (21%); (4) 71% of the full-time and 59% of the part-time students cited their educational goal as obtaining an Associate Degree; (5) 76% of the respondents planned to re-enroll in subsequent semesters at their community college; (6) 66% of the full-time and 49% of the part-time students planned to transfer to a four-year college; (7) students considered tuition costs to be either very reasonable (43%) or somewhat reasonable (47%); (8) 79% of the respondents favored the use of math, reading, and writing skills tests for placing students in college courses; and (10) students financed college with full-time jobs (27%), help from parents or other relatives and friends (25%), Pell Grants (21%), part-time jobs (17%), and savings (13%). Extensive data tables and the survey instrument are included. (GFW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Board of Education, Lansing. Project Outreach.
Note: One of a series of public opinion surveys conducted by Project Outreach. For related documents, see JC 910 046-051, ED 239 766, and ED 260 080.