ERIC Number: ED226781
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Student Reactions to College. Research Report No. 82-09.
In late 1980, a study was conducted at Miami-Dade Community College (MDCC) to determine how well the college was meeting the needs of its academically superior students. Questionnaires were sent to four groups of students enrolled in fall 1979: Scholar's Grant students, who ranked in the top 10% of their graduating high school class; Phi Theta Kappa students, who had a grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or more; a non-affiliated group of academically excellent students with a GPA of 3.0 or more; and a comparison group of students with GPA's between 2.0 and 2.5. The 150-item Student Reaction to College questionnaire was used to obtain student views on instruction, counseling and advising, administrative regulations, study habits, student goals and activities, living arrangements, and college services and activities. Selected findings were based on responses from 283 (69.9%) of the Scholar's Grant recipients, 71 (79.7%) of the Phi Theta Kappa students, 444 (64%) of the non-affiliated students, and 173 (55.8%) of the comparison group. Findings included the following: (1) the academically excellent groups contained much higher proportions of female students than the comparison group; and (2) in contrast to the comparison group, the academically excellent groups more frequently felt that instructors had geared courses to student interest and ability, felt more favorably toward credit by examination and separate classes for the best and slower students, and placed more value on grades. (HB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Miami-Dade Community Coll., FL. Office of Institutional Research.