ERIC Number: ED207666
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jun-30
Student Characteristics as Compared to the Community Profile, 1980-1981. Volume 11, Number 13.
Lucas, John A.
A study was conducted at William Rainey Harper College (WRHC) to establish a profile of fall 1980 students and to compare student data with selected community demographic data. Questionnaires were mailed to 498 credit students and 295 continuing education students, soliciting information on sex, marital status, age, occupation, plans, ethnic background, income, mode of transportation, educational attainment, native language, children's ages, financial status, sources of information about WRHC and its services, influences on college attendance, educational goals, and attendance patterns and plans. Responses were obtained from 89% of the credit students and 8l% of the continuing education students. Selected findings include the following: (1) of the responding credit students, 60% were female, 36% were under 2l years old, 66% were enrolled on a part-time basis, and 44% enrolled during the day; (2) of the responding continuing education students, 63% were female, 5.8% were under 2l years old, 95% enrolled on a part-time basis, and 69% enrolled during the evening; (3) 95.5% of the credit students and 87.5% of the continuing education students enrolled at the main campus rather than at off-campus locations; and (4) 61% of the credit students and 81% of the continuing education students were employed full-time. The study report details methodology and findings, comparing fall 1980 results with figures from fall 1978 and 1979 surveys where possible. The questionnaire is appended. (AYC)
Descriptors: Age, Attendance Patterns, Community Characteristics, Community Colleges, Educational Background, Employment, Enrollment Influences, Females, Information Sources, Majors (Students), Males, Questionnaires, Student Characteristics, Student Educational Objectives, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: William Rainey Harper Coll., Palatine, IL.