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ERIC Number: ED175493
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Marketing Information: Community Education Students.
Wiseman, T. Jan
Community education students enrolled in extension programs at Kishwaukee College were surveyed in Spring 1979 to collect information on program awareness and information sources, registration and scheduling preferences, administrative and counseling needs, career plans, and satisfaction with instructor performance. Student records were also examined to obtain demographic data (age, sex, marital status, educational level, first-time enrollment, race, residence, student status, veteran) in order to compare students taking classes on the main campus and those attending regional extension centers. Results indicated that the average age of the extension students was 37; most were female, and 98% were Caucasian. A direct-mail course schedule was the most frequently cited source of information on classes. Friends were cited second; newspaper announcements third. The majority of respondents preferred registration by phone or mail, rather than in person on the main campus. More than half the extension students indicated they would not have enrolled if the class had been held on the main campus. Nearly two-thirds of the students rated their instructors as "excellent." One in six students desired a career change and about half that many intended to return to work after several years absence. On-campus students were more likely to consider a career change than extension students. The survey instrument and related materials are appended. (DR)
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, Adult Students, Career Change, Community Colleges, Community Education, Enrollment Influences, Extension Education, Information Sources, Nontraditional Students, Questionnaires, School Demography, School Surveys, Student Characteristics, Student Needs, Surveys, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Kishwaukee Coll., Malta, IL.