ERIC Number: ED250033
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov-1
Reference Count: 0
Student Characteristics as Compared to the Community Profile, Fall, 1983. Volume XIII, No. 2.
Lucas, John A.
A survey was conducted at William Rainey Harper College (WRHC) to provide a profile of 1983 college students to be compared with community demographic data and earlier research findings. Random samples of 500 degree credit students and 299 continuing education students were surveyed by mail. Study findings, based on responses from 88% of the degree credit students and 77% of the continuing education students and on automated student data and community demographics, revealed: (1) 55% of the degree credit and 64% of the continuing education students were female; (2) 4% of the degree credit students and 13% of the continuing education students were from minority backgrounds, while the non-White and Hispanic population represented 6.3% of the district population; (3) the average income of independent students increased by 12% between 1982 and 1983; (4) 41% of the degree credit students were planning to transfer to a four-year college, compared to 36.5% in 1982 and 39% in 1981; (5) 33% of the respondents became aware of WRHC through the physical presence of the campus, and 29% heard about it through friends or relatives; (6) the major sources of information on WRHC for degree credit students were the college catalog and the semester schedule; and (7) full-time employment among degree credit students increased to 62% in 1983 from 56% in 1981. The study report includes data tables detailing findings and the questionnaire. (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.