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ERIC Number: ED140906
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Survey of Non-Returning Non-Vocational Students.
Queen, John E.; Rusting, Jean
Questionnaires were mailed to a sample of 1,980 non-returning, non-occupational students who had been enrolled at Cerritos College during spring 1976 but did not return in fall 1976, in order to test the applicability of the California community college Student Accountability Model (SAM), a statewide follow-up system for occupational students, to follow-up studies of non-occupational students. Results were compared with those of a concurrent survey of non-returning occupational students. Of those surveyed in the non-occupational study, 20% responded. A telephone survey of a sample of nonrespondents revealed non-representativeness of the respondents along several characteristics, which was taken into account in interpreting the data. It was concluded that the SAM procedure was able to identify non-occupational students with 90% accuracy and that, while the two surveys were about equally effective in terms of response, additional procedures were needed to increase the response rates. Study findings concerning employment status, transfer status, reasons for attendance and for non-return, and the educational goals and future educational plans of the former students are analyzed and compared. The data are tabulated, and the survey instrument and a brief description of SAM methodology are appended. (JDS)
Descriptors: Academic Education, Community Colleges, Dropouts, Educational Objectives, Evaluation, Followup Studies, Institutional Research, Questionnaires, Reaction Time, Research Methodology, Research Problems, Student Characteristics, Transfer Students, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Followup, Withdrawal (Education)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Cerritos Coll., Norwalk, CA. Office of Institutional Research.