ERIC Number: ED174292
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Survey of Evening Credit Class Students: Valencia Community College, Winter 1977.
Edwards, Louis M.
A sample of 791 adult students enrolled in evening credit classes at Valencia Community College was surveyed to determine their demographic characteristics and reasons for enrollment, and to compare this data with other studies to assess the representativeness of Valencia students. Questionnaire results indicated that the average Valencia evening credit student is an adult white male, married, about 25 years of age, who works 40 hours per week, and has a family income above $9,000. The Valencia student is seeking a degree and hopes for either advancement in a currently held job or movement to a new job as a result of the academic program. When these data were compared to local census data, it appeared that Valencia students were representative of the county population as a whole. Valencia students differed from a national sample of entering college freshmen, however, who were likely to be younger, unmarried, nonveterans with larger family incomes. Valencia students did appear similar to national samples of other evening students, although they were more likely to indicate preparation for a new job as their main reason for college attendance. The survey instrument and a summary of responses to open-ended questions are appended. (DR)
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, Adult Students, Age, Community Colleges, Educational Background, Ethnic Groups, Evening Students, Females, Financial Support, Income, Males, Marital Status, Nontraditional Students, School Surveys, Student Characteristics, Surveys, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Valencia Community Coll., Orlando, FL.