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ERIC Number: ED110140
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Aug
Pages: 79
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A Comparison between Three Groups of Hutchinson Community Junior College Students on the American College Testing Program's Composite Score and on the Reasons and Factors Affecting the Student's College Choice.
Bowles, Bob J.
A random sample of 250 Hutchinson Community Junior College (Kansas) students was chosen by using the pseudorandom number generator supplied by an IBM program. Composite American College Testing Program (ACT) scores were determined for these students, and a questionnaire was administered to determine the factors affecting the students' college choice. Students were divided into three categories: academic transfer students; one, two, or three year terminal students; and continuing education students. Academic transfer students were found to have higher composite ACT scores than terminal students of either type. But the reasons and factors affecting the students' college choice proved to be statistically the same for all groups. The more pragmatic character of the community college student is probably generated in the student's pre-college years. Emphasis on the practical application of education necessarily deemphasizes the academic achievement that is measured by the ACT. Although this phenomenon is most marked in a comparison between students of four-year institutions and students of community colleges, it is seen to carry over to the divisions within the community college itself; i.e., academic transfer students are more academically oriented than terminal students. A survey of the literature is included, and the questionnaire is appended. (NHM)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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