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ERIC Number: ED103063
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970
Reference Count: N/A
Class Selection by Community College Students.
Lennstrom, Henry W.; Borchgrevink, Nancy
In an attempt to determine why students enroll in specific courses in a comprehensive community college, students at Lower Columbia (Washington) were asked to respond to a questionnaire listing nine possible reasons for taking a particular course. Students received a computer card for every class in which they enrolled for fall quarter 1970, and were asked to note their level of agreement with statements concerning their reasons for enrollment. Possible reasons listed were: (1) to improve my present employment; (2) to see if I'm interested in this area of study; (3) as a prerequisite for another course; (4) for my personal interest and/or pleasure; (5) to prepare for future employment; (6) to transfer to a four-year college; (7) to complete high school requirements; (8) to improve my fundamental skills; and (9) to satisfy a graduation requirement. The statistical data is gathered by department and by three categories: community service education, occupational education, and general collegiate education. The main conclusion gathered from the study is that students enroll in courses for a wide variety of reasons; departments and instructors must recognize the multiple functions served by each class. The questionnaire and a breakdown of the data are appended. (AH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Lower Columbia Coll., Longview, WA.