ERIC Number: ED327238
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Opinions of the Stopouts (Former Statewide Community College Students). An Opinion Survey Conducted by Telephone Interviews June 18-21, 1990.
Michigan State Board of Education, Lansing. Project Outreach.
In June 1990, a statewide telephone survey was conducted of 1,200 former full- and part-time Michigan community college students who had not returned for classes in fall 1989. The 29 colleges were classified as urban, suburban, and regional institutions, and a total of 200 former full-time and 200 former part-time students were contacted from each group. Responses were compared with opinions of enrolled students surveyed previously. Findings from the survey included the following: (1) 60% of the former full-time and 62% of the former part-time students stated that they had attended college to improve their job prospects; (2) 27% of the former students had applied to a four-year college before attending community college; (3) the two most frequently cited reasons for having enrolled in community college among both former and currently enrolled students were to save money (38%) and to be closer to home (33%); (4) among reasons for not continuing their community college enrollment were graduation (23%) and transfer to a four-year college (21%); (5) 64% of the former students had been part-time students; (6) 34% of the respondents quit because of institutional reasons, while 36% cited personal reasons; (7) among those citing personal reasons, 57% were women; (8) 39% of all former students indicated that their community college education had made a significant difference to them in their jobs; (9) for both current and formerly enrolled students, lack of parking drew the greatest criticism, while college faculty received extremely high praise; and (10) the majority of the respondents who had not transferred or graduated planned to return to continue that community college education. Extensive data tables and the survey instrument are included. (GFW)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Attendance Patterns, College Attendance, Community Colleges, Comparative Analysis, Dropout Research, Dropouts, Questionnaires, State Surveys, Stopouts, Student Attitudes, Student Behavior, Student College Relationship, Student Educational Objectives, Telephone Surveys, Transfer Students, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
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 910 046-050, ED 239 766, and ED 260 080.