ERIC Number: ED244705
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Follow-Up of 1978 Entrants. Research Report Number 32.
Nespoli, Lawrence A.; Radcliffe, Susan K.
A follow-up study of students entering Howard Community College (HCC) in 1978 was conducted to obtain information on student outcomes three and one-half years after enrollment. A questionnaire developed by the Maryland Community College Research Group and the Maryland State Board for Community Colleges was sent to 592 students who entered HCC in 1978 with no previous college experience. Study findings, based on responses from 170 students, revealed: (1) 35% of the respondents indicated that their primary reason for attending HCC was to prepare for transfer to a four-year institution, and 31% wanted to prepare for immediate entry into a career; (2) 83% of those attending HCC to prepare for transfer had achieved that goal between fall 1978 and spring 1982; (3) 84% of those who wanted full-time employment had attained it; (4) 93% of the respondents were satisfied with the quality of instruction in their program, and 95% were satisfied with their preparation for transfer; (5) 37% of those with the goal of earning an associate in arts degree had earned the degree within three and one-half years of entry; (6) the primary reasons given for leaving HCC before graduating were to transfer (26%), scheduling conflict with job (10%), or personal/marriage reasons (13%); and (7) 74% of the respondents were employed full-time (52%) or part-time (22%) at the time of the survey. The study report includes data from a statewide survey of 1978 college entrants and the questionnaire. (HB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Howard Community Coll., Columbia, MD. Office of Research and Planning.