ERIC Number: ED178111
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Non Returning Student Follow Up: Who Are They? Where Have They Gone? A Special Study.
Donsky, Aaron; And Others
An investigation of the characteristics of the 2,969 students who attended Lakeland Community College (LCC) in Fall 1978 but did not return in Winter 1979 revealed that, compared to the average Fall 1978 student, the typical non-returning student was more likely to be a married woman in her early 30's, with little previous college experience and no definite career goals, taking part-time, evening courses in personal/employment programs. A survey, that was sent to approximately half of the non-returning students to determine their current activities, yielded a 25% response rate. Survey responses indicated that: (1) 83.4% of the non-returning students had not enrolled in another educational program after leaving LCC; (2) convenience of scheduling was a major factor in their decision not to return to LCC; (3) change to a five-week winter session was not expected to increase student retention; (4) 63.9% of the respondents rated their college experience as excellent or good; (5) 87.3% had learned of LCC's course offerings through class schedules received in the mail; and (6) instruction, scheduling, and the weather were identified as areas where improvements might affect return-enrollment rates. Survey results are presented in several tables, and a cross tabulation analysis, recommendations, and the questionnaire are included in the study report. (JP)
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, Age, Community Colleges, Dropout Characteristics, Dropout Research, Educational Background, Enrollment Influences, Females, Males, Marital Status, Mentors, Part Time Students, Participant Satisfaction, Questionnaires, Scheduling, Surveys, Tables (Data), Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Lakeland Community Coll., Mentor, OH.
Note: Not available in paper copies due to the marginal reproducibility of the orginal document. Pages 17-21 were deleted due to irreproducibility