ERIC Number: ED260650
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: N/A
Today's Urban University Students: Part 1. Profile of a New Generation. Final Report on the Urban University Study.
Davila, Evelyn M.
The needs and characteristics of urban students at 10 urban U.S. colleges and universities were surveyed in 1983. Attention was directed to students' personal characteristics and educational and financial background, why students select and attend the institutions, and how students view programs and services. The campuses were primarily nonresidential schools representing the public and private sectors, as well as two- and four-year institutions. The institutions mainly serve local residents, especially part-time, adult, and working students. Nearly two-thirds of the students did not enroll directly after high school; almost 30 percent were transfer students. The availability of a specific course of study was a major factor in college selection. Half of the students who worked more than 21 hours per week were also enrolled full-time. Students were generally dissatisfied with how the institution communicated information about programs and services, and the schools lacked precise information on their students for planning programs and services. Appendices include: brief profiles of the 10 institutions, the survey form, and a guide for planning and administering the questionnaire, including information on the research design, a sample letter, and procedures for administering questionnaires to classes and for coding and analyzing the data. (SW)
Descriptors: College Choice, College Students, Commuter Colleges, Enrollment Influences, Higher Education, Information Needs, Institutional Characteristics, Needs Assessment, Private Colleges, Questionnaires, School Surveys, State Colleges, Student Characteristics, Student College Relationship, Student Needs, Two Year Colleges, Urban Universities
College Board Publications, Box 886, New York, NY 10101 ($6.00).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: College Entrance Examination Board, Washington, DC.