ERIC Number: ED256412
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-May
Reference Count: 0
Why Students Don't Return: A Survey of Nonreturning Students in the San Bernardino Community College District, Spring, 1984 to Fall, 1984.
Smith, Norman D.
A study was conducted in the San Bernardino Community College District to discover why some students who were enrolled in the spring 1984 semester did not reenroll in the fall 1984 semester; and to determine to what extent the new enrollment fee affected students' ability to enroll. A sample of 1,011 students was randomly selected from the target population of 9,219 students of San Bernardino Valley College and Crafton Hills College who were enrolled in the spring 1984 semester, did not graduate, and did not reenroll in the fall 1984 semester. Based on responses from 416 of the former students, study findings revealed: (1) the most important reasons for not enrolling in the colleges in fall 1984 were job-related issues, including obtaining a job (12%), changing jobs (8%), and time conflicts with work (35%); (2) 31% of the spring 1984 students did not reenroll due to fee/financial reasons, including 22% who could not afford the enrollment fee; (3) 30% of the respondents failed to enroll for class schedule reasons and 20% for personal reasons; and (4) the most important reasons for enrolling in the colleges were to take occasional courses of special interest (22%), to earn a degree and transfer to a four-year college (20%), to earn transfer units (12%), or to learn skills to improve in the current job (12%). The study includes selected comments. The survey instrument is appended. (HB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: San Bernardino Community Coll. District, CA. Office of Planning and Research.