ERIC Number: ED328308
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov-15
Reference Count: N/A
Student Characteristics as Compared to the Community Profile of Fall, 1989. Volume XIX, No. 4.
Meltesen, Cal; Lucas, John A.
A study was conducted at William Rainey Harper College (WRHC) to develop a profile of fall 1989 students, compare student and community demographic data, and analyze the percentage of community sub-groups served by the college. A random sample of 500 degree credit students (DCS's) and 300 non-degree credit students (NCS's) were surveyed, representing 3.5% and 2.9% of the total degree credit and non-credit student populations, respectively. Based on responses from 75.2% of the DCS's and 77.3% of the NCS's, combined with an analysis of 1980 census data, the study revealed the following: (1) 44% of the DCS's and 78% of the NCS's had some previous college experience before attending Harper; (2) 12% of the DCS's and 49% of the NCS's had a bachelor's degree before attending Harper; (3) 79% of the DCS's and 84% of the NCS's were employed full-time; (4) funding sources reported by DCS's included the student's own money (47%), parental funds (25%), spouses (12%), and employer contributions (11%); (5) funding sources reported by NCS's included the student's own money (63%), spouses (13%), employer contributions (11%), and parental funds (5%); (6) among DCS's, reported goals upon leaving Harper included transfer to a four-year institution (47%), getting a full-time job (13%), and remaining at the same job (11%); and (8) primary enrollment influences for DCS's included parents, friends or relatives, and the physical presence of the campus, while for NCS's, receipt of the semester schedule in the mail was a major influence. The survey instrument, cover letter, and data tables are included. (GFW)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, College Credits, Community Colleges, Comparative Analysis, Continuing Education, Credit Courses, Enrollment Influences, Paying for College, Questionnaires, School Surveys, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Student Educational Objectives, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: William Rainey Harper Coll., Palatine, IL. Office of Planning and Research.
Identifiers: William Rainey Harper College IL
Note: For previous years' studies, see JC 910 087 and ED 234 837.