ERIC Number: ED111276
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Educational Experience of Part-time University Students. Report 2. Social Characteristics and Academic Achievement.
In discussing part-time university students, one of the first questions one must ask is, What precisely are the demographic features of this kind of student? The social and demographic characteristics of the part-time student population, including educational background, employment characteristics, residence, travel, parental background, financial support, and marital and family status, indicates a relationship between these variables, academic aspiration, and achievement. Adult students are higher achievers than representative college-age groups. The sample consisted of all new students who registered in the Mature Students Qualifying Program with a 67.6 percent rate of response to a questionnaire. Three dependent variables-credits were used as criteria of educational outcomes for part-time university students. Desire to learn and become educated emerged as the prime reason for taking university courses among over 70 percent of the students tested, while job-related reasons were given first priority by about 20 percent. Family pressures and social reasons received the lowest priority by an overwhelming proportion of respondents. (Author/KE)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Credits, Demography, Educational Background, Educational Benefits, Educational Objectives, Employment, Family Status, Financial Support, Higher Education, Marital Status, Parent Background, Part Time Students, Residential Patterns, Social Characteristics, Student Characteristics, Travel
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Concordia Univ., Montreal (Quebec). Sir George Williams Campus. Dept. of Education.