ERIC Number: ED172871
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Montgomery College Student Follow-Up Study: First-Time Students, Fall 1974.
Wenckowski, Charlene; And Others
A follow-up study of Montgomery College students was conducted to determine the extent to which the college assisted students in achieving educational goals, developing career plans, and preparing for transfer to senior institutions. The survey, conducted in 1978, gained responses from 1,840 of the 4,881 first-time students enrolled in Fall 1974, including transfer, career, and "special" (undecided major) students; part- and full-time students; and high school graduates and non-graduates. The questionnaire covered demographic data, goals at college entry, current employment status, transfer status, and satisfaction with the college. Results were compared with similar studies of first-time students of 1970, 1971, and 1972, and also to a statewide 1974 sample. The percentage of"special" students had increased since 1971 and was higher than statewide averages (38% vs. 16%), suggesting a need to reevaluate entry classifications. Respondents were older than in previous studies, more likely to be female, and more frequently transfer-oriented. Of those students currently employed full-time, 73% were in jobs related to their training. Two-thirds of survey respondents indicated they achieved their goals while at college, and 88% reported they would recommend the college to a friend. Minority students in particular (24%) cited job/study conflicts as a reason for leaving college. (DR)
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, Age, Community Colleges, Educational Background, Employment Patterns, Ethnic Groups, Females, Followup Studies, Graduate Surveys, Institutional Research, Majors (Students), Males, Part Time Students, Participant Satisfaction, Relevance (Education), Student Characteristics, Surveys, Transfer Students, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Followup
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Montgomery Coll., Rockville, MD. Office of Institutional Research.