ERIC Number: ED086287
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Oct
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Through the Open Door: A Study of Persistence and Performance in California's Community Colleges. Report 2: 32,000 Students in 32 Colleges.
California State Coordinating Council for Higher Education, Sacramento.
Report 2 demonstrates the extreme diversity of the new students who enrolled in the California Community Colleges in the Fall of 1972. One-third of the group graduated from high school that same year, usually from a high school in the college district, but two-thirds were distributed over a wide range of ages, amounts of prior college experience, geographic origins, and courseloads attempted. The diversity in their objectives and programs may be only inferred from the observed diversity in their personal characteristics. Variation in length of attendance and rates of persistence in the Community Colleges will surely be related to this diversity in objectives and programs and, indirectly, to the personal characteristics of the students. The multitude of functions performed by the Community Colleges is also reflected in the diversity of the student body. Full-time programs of occupational education, general education, and transfer courses meet the needs of only a minority of the students now enrolling. Short-term occupational programs and part-time, one-term enrollments in specific skill courses appear to be satisfying the needs of still another large group of students. The other major category of students includes adults of all ages who are pursuing a variety of short-term objectives not necessarily directly related to their employment. (For related document, see JC 740 040). (Author)
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Authoring Institution: California State Coordinating Council for Higher Education, Sacramento.
Identifiers - Location: California