ERIC Number: ED208909
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Sep-1
Reference Count: 0
Survey of Summer School Students, 1980. Volume 11, Number 2.
Lucas, John A.
In summer 1980, William Rainey Harper College (WRHC) experienced a 35% increase in its full-time equivalent enrollment. A survey was commissioned to determine whether this increase was temporary and related to the economy and whether a similar increase could be expected for the fall. A quasi-random sample of 19 sections from the first eight-week session and 10 sections from the second session was selected. Of the 732 students enrolled in these sections, 572 (78.1%) responded to a survey questionnaire soliciting information on age, sex, high school and college experience, if attendance was related to the economy and tight job situation, educational plans for the fall, source of information about WRHC, purpose in attending, and previous college attendance. The survey revealed a substantial shift in the student profile of the 1980 summer school session as compared to the 1979 summer session. The students were younger, more apt to be transfer oriented, and more likely to be former WRHC students. Even though only 12.1% of the respondents indicated that the economy and tight job situation had influenced their decision to attend WRHC, the young, transfer-oriented students were considered most likely to be affected by the economic recession. It was concluded that the enrollment increase would be temporary, but likely to continue through the fall. The study report details methodology and findings, providing data from previous summer surveys. The questionnaire is appended. (AYC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: William Rainey Harper Coll., Palatine, IL. Office of Planning and Research.