ERIC Number: ED250020
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
First-Time Student Questionnaire: An Attempt to Identify Those Applicants Most Likely Not to Register.
Spahr, Anthony E.
A study was conducted at Morton College (Illinois) to develop a profile of students who applied to the college, but did not register for classes. A sample of 445 potential students who participated in the college's placement testing program for the fall 1984 semester completed the First-Time Student Questionnaire, which asked for information regarding personal characteristics, educational objectives and attitudes, high school academic performance, employment plans, and financial needs. Ten items were found to discriminate between the 383 applicants who registered for classes and the 62 applicants who did not. The factors associated with non-registration were: (1) being 30 years of age or older; (2) living with a roommate, alone, or with a relative other than a spouse or parent; (3) having one or more dependent children; (4) having one or more dependent children under the age of six; (5) planning to attend college part-time; (7) answering anything other than "always" to the question, "In high school did you turn in your assigned work on time?"; (8) answering "no" or "don't know" to the question, "Do you expect to be enrolled at Morton College next semester?"; (9) planning to obtain a repayable loan to finance education; and (10) intending to work over 20 hours per week while in college. Based on study findings, it was recommended that Morton College initiate an adult re-entry program. The First-Time Student Questionnaire is appended. (AYC)
Descriptors: College Applicants, Community Colleges, Dropout Characteristics, Dropout Prevention, Dropouts, Educational Attitudes, Enrollment Influences, Questionnaires, School Holding Power, School Surveys, Student Characteristics, Student Educational Objectives, Student Needs, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Morton Coll., Cicero, IL.