ERIC Number: ED180530
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Statewide Longitudinal Study. Report on Academic Year 1978-1979. Part I, Fall Results.
Hunter, Russell; Sheldon, M. Stephen
A statewide, longitudinal study is being conducted by Los Angeles Pierce College in order to investigate several specified areas related to the students enrolled at California community colleges. The study report, which presents only Fall 1978 results, first provides background to the study and its goals and objectives. It then details the methods and procedures used in selecting the 15 institutions involved in the study, sampling, interviewing, collecting data, training staff, and analyzing data. The following section presents the findings of the study in the areas of: (1) attrition patterns (reasons given, student sampling, students with zero active units at census, and sample students' reasons for dropping classes); (2) demographics (sex, age, marital status, dependents, and ethnicity); (3) employment information (occupational status, hours of employment, and wages); (4) academic information (last school attended, highest grade completed, years out of school, and current academic status and plans); and (5) special student groups (ethnic minority, physically handicapped, educationally disadvantaged, financially disadvantaged, non-English speakers, displaced homemakers, and nontraditional majors). The last two sections cover objectives not met in the first semester/quarter and telephone interview observations. Findings are based on responses from 6,246 students. (JP)
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, Age, Community Colleges, Dropout Research, Educational Background, Educationally Disadvantaged, Employment Patterns, Enrollment Influences, Ethnic Groups, Females, Handicapped Students, Longitudinal Studies, Males, Non English Speaking, Persistence, Research Methodology, Sampling, State Surveys, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: California Community Colleges, Sacramento. Office of the Chancellor.; Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Pierce Coll., Woodland Hills, CA.
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