ERIC Number: ED226806
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Mar-7
Reference Count: N/A
A Study of Students Who Applied but Did Not Enroll at Harper for the Fall 1982 Semester. Volume XII, Number 5.
Catlin, Steven J.; Lucas, John A.
A survey was conducted at William Rainey Harper College (WRHC), Palatine, Ill., to determine reasons why 13% of the students who applied to the college for fall 1982 did not register for classes. A sample of 200 of the 838 fall 1982 no-shows was selected for telephone interviews. Survey findings, based on a 79.5% response rate, included the following: (1) 43% of the respondents chose another educational or employment option (i.e., 30.8% went to another college, 10.7% took a full-time job, and 1.9% joined the armed forces); (2) 24.5% failed to enroll because of a college-related problem (e.g., desired courses were filled, not offered, or offered at inconvenient times; or WRHC did not accept or notify the applicant of acceptance); (3) 16.4% indicated that they did not enroll because they were uncertain about their future; (4) 15.7% cited personal, family-related, or financial problems as their reason for not attending; and (5) 20.3% had definite plans to enroll at WRHC within the next year, 21.5% indicated that they would probably enroll at some time in the future, 33.5% said they would definitely not enroll at the college, and 24.7% were uncertain of their plans with respect to WRHC. The questionnaire is appended. (HB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: William Rainey Harper Coll., Palatine, IL. Office of Planning and Research.