ERIC Number: ED245735
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
A Study of Applicants Who Did Not Attend, Fall 1983. Technical Report 84-07.
A study was conducted at Mercer County Community College (MCCC) to determine why some students who applied for admission to the college did not attend. A two-page questionnaire was sent to 698 students who applied for admission for the fall 1983 semester, but did not enroll in any credit courses that semester, and to an additional 381 students who applied and registered for the fall 1983 semester, but did not attend classes. Study findings, based on responses from 228 MCCC applicants, revealed: (1) the majority of the respondents were female (59%), Caucasian (62%), single (80%), and over 21 (50%); (2) the major factors influencing students' decision to apply to MCCC were distance from home (cited by 44% of the respondents), tuition costs (39%), availability of a particular program (35%), and advice from friends (28%); (3) the major factors influencing respondents' decision not to enroll were job and family responsibilities (24%), distance from home (14%), program availability (11%), and availability of financial aid (8%); (4) 50% of the students who registered for classes at MCCC, but never attended, elected to attend another college, citing as their reasons a visit to the MCCC campus, athletic programs, and closeness to home; and (5) the nursing and pre-funeral service education programs were the most frequently cited programs motivating students to apply to MCCC. Appendices include the survey instrument, respondents' comments, and detailed results. (HB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mercer County Community Coll., Trenton, NJ. Office of Institutional Research.