ERIC Number: ED080113
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Jul-13
A Comparative Study of Recent Trends and Characteristics of Students Entering American Junior Colleges, 1968-72.
Fenske, Robert H.; Scott, Craig S.
Recent changes in the background characteristics and attributes of students entering American junior colleges are compared with those of students entering colleges offering baccalaureate and graduate degrees. Comparisons are also made between students entering private and public junior colleges. The characteristics and attributes are: Level of Educational Aspiration, College Choice Factors, Family Income, Racial/Ethnic Background, Type of Anticipated Housing During the First Year of College, Planned Extra Curricular Activities. The samples used were drawn from ACT Class Profile tapes containing information supplied by students who took the American College Testing Program's Assessment during the 1967-68, 1969-70, and 1971-72 test years. A total of 546,006 students (283,352 males and 258,654 females) from 275 institutions, including 69 two-year colleges (58 public and 11 private), comprised the study population. The breakdown as to college type was: 2-year colleges 72,451, 4-year colleges 49,406, master's-level colleges 195,627, and doctoral-level universities 224,522. The study results are provided in two sections--an analysis of the percentage distribution of each variable by year for all four institution types, and a comparison of the distribution for each of the variables between students in public and private junior colleges for all years combined. The study data are provided in 14 tables. The results of the study show that, in general, substantial differences exist between the distribution of characteristics of students entering junior colleges and those entering other colleges and universities. The implications of the findings are discussed. (DB)
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Note: Paper presented at midwest regional meeting of American Educational Research Association, Special Interest Group on Research in Junior Colleges (Ann Arbor, Michigan, July 13, 1972)