ERIC Number: ED115358
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
A Four Year Follow-Up of Non-Returning Students at Montgomery College.
Gell, Robert L.; And Others
An annual survey of non-returning Montgomery College students from the years 1971 to 1973 was conducted in order to examine reasons for choosing to leave the college, identify trends, determine the status of students at the time of the survey, and assess the impact of their college experience on current activities. The 454 usable responses (20 percent) were weighted to compensate for the sampling technique. Adding the 550 students who participated in a similar 1970 study, which provided baseline data, the weighted total of the four-year study population comes to 1,904 students. About half of the non-graduates who transferred enrolled at the University of Maryland. Nearly two-thirds of the transfer students changed majors in the process, with 59 percent of them losing some of their credits. Over the four-year span, fewer non-graduates seemed to be continuing their education, and more of them were employed, mostly in health-related, secretarial, or computer-related occupations. About half of the students felt that their course work was related to their present jobs. Reasons for leaving Montgomery College were, for the most part, personal, with nearly one-fourth having some intention of returning. Attitudes toward the instruction received at the college were very favorable overall. Data are organized in 22 tables and 5 figures, and the questionnaire is appended. (Author/NHM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Montgomery Coll., Rockville, MD. Office of Institutional Research.