ERIC Number: ED228414
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr-11
Reference Count: 0
Factors Influencing Pursuit of the Bachelor's Degree by Police Officers.
Gansneder, Bruce M.; And Others
The purpose of this study was to determine whether it was possible to discriminate on the basis of personal/demographic, professional, and motivational factors among police officers (1) who were pursuing bachelors degrees, (2) who indicated they wanted to get a degree but were not pursuing it, and (3) who indicated they did not want a degree. Data were collected from 2,461 officers in 283 police departments through a national survey. A discriminant analysis of the data revealed that individuals not desiring a college degree were older, had more experience in law enforcement, and perceived college not as important to them either personally or professionally. Those desiring a degree or pursuing a college education were younger, had fewer years in law enforcement, and felt a college degree was important to them personally and professionally. Those who planned a degree but were not pursuing it were more career oriented than the degree pursuers and agreed cost and convenience were important factors influencing whether they would complete the degree. The degree pursuers were more oriented toward leaving law enforcement than individuals not attending college and did not believe cost or convenience was a factor influencing their decision to attend college. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Montreal, Canada, April 11, 1983).