ERIC Number: ED063921
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-Jul
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Follow-Up Interviews with Former Students, Fall 1971-72 to Spring 1971-72.
Brightman, Richard W.
This report describes results of gathering follow-up information from former Coast Community College District (California) students through the use of telephone interviews. The students interviewed were 5% random sample of all students enrolled as of the fourth week of the Fall 1971 semester but who were not enrolled as of the fourth week of the Spring 1972 semester. Descriptive statistics are provided for students at Golden West College, Orange Coast College, and for the two colleges combined. Findings included: (1) young full-time students are more likely to continue in college than their older counterparts; (2) few differences in terms of continuing student characteristics or former student responses exist between the colleges; (3) though many respondents indicated a desire for a college degree, few named a specific short-term goal; (4) most respondents indicated that they intended to return to college at some time; (5) the most frequent reasons given for discontinuing college were financial and personal factors, though close to a third discontinued only after completing their program or goal; and (6) more students reported class activities as their most valuable college experiences, and non-class activities as their least valuable. It was also concluded that telephone interviews do not result in a remarkably higher response rate than mail questionnaires. The data may be more reliable, however, since bias introduced by differences between responders and non-responders is virtually eliminated. (RN)
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Authoring Institution: Coast Community Coll. District, Costa Mesa, CA.
Identifiers - Location: California