ERIC Number: ED205253
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jul
Non-Returning Student, Fall 1979-Spring 1980.
Collins, Thomas R.; McMaster, Anne
In Spring 1980, a study was conducted at Mercer County Community College (MCCC) to determine selected information about students who indicated during Fall semester registration that they intended to return the following Spring, but who failed to do so. One aspect of the study involved a comparison of returning and non-returning students with respect to the following characteristics: residence; full-/part-time, new/continuing status; sex; ethnicity; educational goal; degree aspirations; cumulative credits earned; and grade point average. The non-returning group was found to resemble the returning group on each of these characteristics. In addition, the study involved a mailed survey of 839 non-returning students. The questionnaire solicited information on students' original goals in coming to MCCC, whether these goals had been achieved, reasons for not returning, employment and educational status, and ideas for improving MCCC. Responses were received from 42% of the survey population, revealing that for the most part reasons for not returning had little to do with MCCC operations. The most frequently cited reason was: "I decided to take a semester or two off." Some dissatisfaction with instruction and faculty attitude was indicated, but more than half of the respondents (55%) expressed a definite intention to return to MCCC. The study report details methodology and findings and is appended by student comments and the questionnaire. (AYC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mercer County Community Coll., Trenton, NJ.