ERIC Number: ED330397
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Adult Basic Education in Washington Community Colleges: A Follow-up Study.
In 1990, a follow-up study was conducted of former students from the Adult Basic Education (ABE) and General Educational Development (GED) programs in Washington community colleges to assess the impact of these programs on the students. Data were gathered from the Student Management Information System and from interviews with 182 students who left the program at the end of the winter 1989 quarter. The interviews were conducted by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction 15 months after the students had left the program. Study findings included the following: (1) the most frequently cited goal for enrolling in the program (given by 77% of the respondents) was to "feel better about myself"; (2) 80% of the respondents for whom improving basic skill was an important goal stated that they had met this goal either partially or completely; (3) of the respondents who had enrolled to prepare for further education, 21% indicated that they had met this goal completely, and 35% stated that they had met the goal at least partially; (4) former students in the 25 to 30 year old age group were the least likely to have pursued further formal education since leaving the program; (5) 50% of the respondents for whom goals related to employment were important indicated that they had partially or somewhat met their goals; (6) 30% of the respondents indicated that they were earning more money after the program, and, of this group, 78% attributed the increase to skills gained in courses; and (7) 77% of the respondents stated that life had changed for the better since first starting the classes. Student demographic data and a discussion of the interview methodology are appended. (GFW)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Students, Basic Skills, Community Colleges, Followup Studies, High School Equivalency Programs, Interviews, Outcomes of Education, Participant Satisfaction, Program Evaluation, Self Esteem, Student Attitudes, Student Educational Objectives, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Washington State Board for Community Coll. Education, Olympia.