ERIC Number: ED135449
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Oct
Reference Count: 0
A Study of Achievement of Objectives by the Entering Class of 1971.
As part of a follow-up study of 1971 entrants to Suffolk County Community College, a questionnaire was sent to 717 former full- and part-time students matriculated in associate degree programs to determine whether the students' objectives in attending the college had been achieved. Of those surveyed, 370 responded. Analysis of data obtained from the survey revealed that only 4.5% of the respondents felt that they had achieved their objectives (which they were asked to state in their own words) while enrolled. However, nearly 90% expected to graduate. Notably, those who reported they had achieved their objectives were able to state them with precision, while those who reported they had not achieved their objectives were either unable to state their objectives or provided a nebulous response. Of the students who did not feel they had attained their objectives, the majority cited financial and family reasons as being the cause of their failure to do so. Overall, the data showed that the college met the educational and employment needs of its student body and that the institution's goals were consistent with most student objectives. It was concluded that personal factors, principally those that were financial and familial, had the greatest influence on objective achievement by students. Tabular data are presented throughout the report. (JDS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Suffolk County Community Coll., Selden, NY.