ERIC Number: ED373639
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Jun
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Parents' Perceptions of Students' Time to Degree. AIR 1994 Annual Forum Paper.
Sanford, Timothy R.; Rivera, Nerissa
A survey was conducted of the parents of 1992 and 1993 baccalaureate graduates who were enrolled for more than eight regular academic year semesters before earning their degrees. Approximately 350 students were included as graduates from a major, public research university in the Southeast. Parents were selected as the research subjects because they want their children to have the most positive college experience possible, but they also have limited resources and want their children to finish their degree. Responses were received from 200 parents of graduates from a major public research university in the Southeast. Parents indicated that the predominant reason why their children took longer than 4 years to graduate was "changing majors," while the second highest item was "felt no pressure to finish in 4 years," followed closely by "courses needed to graduate not always available" and "had to work while enrolled." Ninety-two percent of the parents were satisfied with the quality of education. Data were evaluated for differences by race, sex, and residency status (in-state and out-of-state). The study found that parents felt their children, for the most part, had academically sound reasons for taking longer than 4 years to graduate. A copy of the questionnaire and some parent comments are appended. (JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Identifiers: AIR Forum
Note: Paper presented at the Annual SAIR/SCUP Conference (Memphis, TN, October 31-November 2, 1993) and the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (34th, New Orleans, LA, May 29-June 1, 1994).