ERIC Number: ED119599
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: N/A
Demographic Characteristics of Commuting Students.
Reichard, Donald J.; McArver, Patricia P.
The commuting university student has traditionally been characterized in educational literature as less affluent, intellectually less sophisticated and more closely tied to home and family than his peer who lives in university housing. Such generalizations, while historically accurate, do not take into account factors that are bringing older, married, or financially independent people into the classroom. Demographic characteristics of commuting students at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNC-G) revealed that most UNC-G commuters have established a household apart from their parents. Many are employed full time and are married, with families of their own. They are a diverse group compared to the relatively homogeneous resident students. Three types of commuters were found: (1) commuters living with their parents; (2) married commuters; and (3) commuters maintaining separate residences apart from their parents. The demographic data provides a clearer picture of just who the commuters are and how they differ from the resident students traditionally served by UNC-G. (Author/KE)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Carolina Univ., Greensboro.