ERIC Number: ED208912
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr-30
Reference Count: 0
Follow-Up Survey of Former Students Who Were Active in Major Student Organizations while at Harper College. Volume XI, No. 10.
Pankanin, Jeanne; Lucas, John A.
In fall 1980, a survey was conducted at William Rainey Harper College (WRHC) to assess the impact of participation in major student activities on participants. All students who had ever participated in the Student Senate, campus radio station, school publications, the Program Board, studio theater, or speech team or had won a student award were included in the survey population. Of the 157 students surveyed, 55.7% responded to a questionnaire soliciting information on major influence on their campus participation; evaluation of several aspects of the student organization they were involved in; suggestions for improvement; major perceived skills or benefits gained; influence of participation on job, social life, etc.; and present employment or educational status. In addition to the survey data, other scholastic and demographic information was collected on these students. The survey revealed that students in the study population had comparable grade point averages, but persisted longer than non-involved students. After leaving WRHC, the employment and college attendance patterns of the respondents were much the same as other WRHC students; however their interest patterns varied, with greater emphases evident on social sciences, the arts, and communications. The largest group of respondents joined the organizations on their own and reported experiencing a great deal of benefit. The study report provides data tables and the questionnaire. (AYC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: William Rainey Harper Coll., Palatine, IL. Office of Planning and Research.