ERIC Number: ED175489
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
West Los Angeles College Student Follow-Up Study Project Report.
A follow-up study was conducted among new students at West Los Angeles College (WLAC) to identify student characteristics, educational goals, and objectives; and to relate these characteristics to student attrition. Subjects for the study were 483 first-time freshmen enrolled at WLAC in Fall 1977. This initial sample was surveyed again one year later and classified as either returning or non-returning students. Findings indicated that, of new students at WLAC, 56% attended for practical reasons, 32% because of the educational programs offered, and 23% reported that their primary reason for attendance was personal interest and growth. Of the respondents, 39% were pursuing job-related goals, while 34% intended to earn college transfer credits. Of the original sample, 71% did not return the following fall; 40% of the original sample registered but never completed any academic units. Retention was highest among those students stating an intention to transfer and lowest among those students stating personal interest as their reason for college attendance. The non-returning students tended to be older individuals with limited or specific objectives who planned to take selected courses rather than enter degree-oriented programs. The survey instruments used in the study are appended and partial results are presented in tables. (DR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: West Los Angeles Coll., Culver City, CA.