ERIC Number: ED234837
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Sep-16
Reference Count: 0
Student Characteristics as Compared to the Community Profile, 1982-1983. Volume XII, No.11.
Lucas, John A.
A study was conducted at William Rainey Harper College (WRHC) to develop a profile of fall 1982 students, compare student and community demographic data, and analyze the percentage of community sub-groups served by the college. A random sample of 498 degree credit students and 300 continuing education students were surveyed. Based on responses from 90% of the degree credit and 82% of the continuing education students, and on 1980 census data, the study findings revealed: (1) 3.2% of the district population was enrolled in degree credit programs and 2% in continuing education programs; (2) 7.5% of the degree credit students and 11% of the continuing education students were from minority backgrounds, while 6.3% of the district's population was non-White or Hispanic; (3) of the degree credit students, 47% were male, 35% had some prior college experience, and 8% held a bachelor's degree (BA); (4) of the continuing education students, 40% were male, 65% had some prior college experience, and 31% held a BA; (5) 56% of the degree credit students were employed full-time, and only 15% planned to continue working in the same field; (6) primary enrollment influences for degree credit students were ability to enroll in a specific program, friends and relatives, convenience, and low cost; and (7) for continuing education students, primary reasons for enrolling at WHRC were specific programs, the semester schedule, and convenience. Data tables detailing results and the questionnaire are appended. (HB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: William Rainey Harper Coll., Palatine, IL. Office of Planning and Research.