ERIC Number: ED349882
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-May
Reference Count: N/A
Community College Students: Where Do They Go and What Do They Do? A 5-Year Statewide Follow-Up Study. AIR 1992 Annual Forum Paper.
Conklin, Karen A.
This paper describes the results of a 5-year statewide follow-up study of first-time, full-time community college students in Kansas, and documents the academic and career progress of these students from first entry into college to subsequent experiences after leaving the community college. The study, which began with 640 participants from 17 colleges, details students' success in reaching their personal, academic, and career objectives and describes the variables affecting progress in achieving those objectives. It is revealed that over 75 percent of the students had achieved their original educational objective and, if starting again, 80 percent would attend the same community college. Over 70 percent continued as full-time students throughout the 5 years the study was conducted. Of those survey respondents holding jobs, those who completed their bachelor's degrees received higher wages. A lack of funds, change in lifestyle, or a change in goals were most often cited as the reasons for not achieving educational objectives. Over one quarter of respondents transferred from one Kansas community college to another during the course of the study. The study also examined financial aid, degree/certificate completion, career choice, personal growth and development, comparisons of community colleges with high schools and with 4-year colleges, and educational plans. (Contains nine references.) (GLR)
Descriptors: Career Choice, College Students, Community Colleges, Educational Attainment, Followup Studies, Full Time Students, Higher Education, Longitudinal Studies, Outcomes of Education, State Surveys, Student Attitudes, Student Development, Student Educational Objectives, Student Experience, Transfer Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Identifiers: AIR Forum; Kansas
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (32nd, Atlanta, GA, May 10-13, 1992).