ERIC Number: ED226802
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Aug-16
Reference Count: 0
Student Characteristics as Compared to the Community Profile, 1981-1982. Volume 12, Number 1.
Lucas, John A.
A study of students enrolled at William Rainey Harper College (WRHC) in fall 1981 was conducted to obtain demographic data and information on students' goals and relationship with the college, and to compare student data with community demographic data. A random sample of 500 traditional credit and 300 continuing education students was surveyed by mail and telephone. Study findings, based on responses from 93% of the credit students and 82% of the continuing education students, included the following: (1) in fall 1981, WHRC enrolled 3.1% of the district population in degree credit programs and 1.9% in continuing education offerings; (2) 63.8% of the credit students were employed full-time--the lowest percentage since 1974; (3) 33.8% of the credit students were living with their parents, compared to 27.2% in 1978, 28.1% in 1979, and 30.4% in 1980; (4) a significantly higher percentage of all responding students were searching for a new field or were planning to transfer to another college after leaving WRHC than in previous years; and (5) 32.5% of the credit students and 28.7% of the continuing education students had learned about the college through living nearby or seeing the college, while friends or relatives were the primary source of information about WRHC for 30.2% of the credit students and 19.1% of the continuing education students. The bulk of the report consists of data tables providing detailed results. The survey instrument is appended. (Author/HB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: William Rainey Harper Coll., Palatine, IL. Office of Planning and Research.