ERIC Number: ED165818
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-May
A Summary of a Study of Adult Students at Jefferson Community College.
Smydra, Martha; Kochenour, Edith
In order to assess the needs and determine the demographic, educational, employment, and enrollment characteristics of the 60-70% of the students attending Jefferson Community College (JCC) who were over 24 years of age, surveys were conducted of faculty and a random sample (N=302) of the 3,160 adult students enrolled during 1976-1977. Response rate was 70.3%. The study revealed that JCC followed national trends in increases in adult and female enrollments. Specific student characteristics focused on by the study included: age; sex; race; marital status; extent of family responsibilities; educational characteristics, such as highest degree attained, and attendance patterns (full- or part-time, day or night classes); employment and financial responsibilities, specifically no, full-, or part-time employment and other sources of financial support; reasons for returning to school; sources of influence to return to school; obstacles prior to and after enrollment; time between decision to enroll and enrollment; consideration of dropping out; persistence and performance factors in academic adjustment; number of semesters completed at JCC; faculty perceptions of adult students; and student attitudes toward JCC and its services. Sex and race variables were used to create sub-groups in the study, and other findings are expressed in these terms. Recommendations are included. (MB)
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, Adult Students, Age, Black Students, Community Colleges, Educational Background, Enrollment Trends, Females, Males, Married Students, School Surveys, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Student Employment, Student Needs, Student Personnel Services, Student Problems, Teacher Attitudes, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, White Students
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Jefferson Community Coll., Louisville, KY.
Note: Not available in hard copy due to marginal reproducibility of the original document