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ERIC Number: ED054775
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Sep
Pages: 11
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Questionnaire Responses of High-School Honors Applicants Who Did Not Complete Any Course Work.
Stein, Ruth S.
Los Angeles City College encourages twelfth-graders from nearby high schools, judged by their counselors to be capable of college course work, to request admission to classes in the High-School Honors program. Attrition, paricularly between submission of class requests and attendance past the first weeks of class, is great. The present study attempts to find reasons for this. Questionnaires were sent to 56 to 58 students failing to enroll in or to complete courses in summer 1970; 24 were answered and returned. Of 117 fall 1970 applicants, 99 deliverable questionnaires yielded 43 responses. Most of the respondents interrupted the college-going sequence before attending any classes. Their major reasons were difficulty in adjusting their high-school class schedules, unexpectedly heavy study or school activity loads, outside job demands, and transportation difficulties. While it is probably inevitable that a noticeable proportion of high school seniors in a program such as this will fail to enroll in or complete the college courses they initially plan to take, it may be possible to reduce the dropout rate somewhat by more careful preparation of the informational bulletin sent them from the college and by devising better means of delivering on to every potential applicant. Scheduling a few more courses transferable to the University of California at 1:00 or 2:00 might help those with high-schhol schedule conflicts. (AL)
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Authoring Institution: Los Angeles City Coll., CA.