ERIC Number: ED270183
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Perfil de Estudiantes de Primer Ano 1984-85 = Profile of First-Year Students 1984-85.
Vilarino de Medina, Ivonne
In August 1984, a study was conducted to develop a profile of first-year students at Ponce Technological University College (PTUC), as part of a student follow-up project undertaken at all University of Puerto Rico system units. A questionnaire designed by the University of Puerto Rico Institutional Research Committee was administered to freshmen during orientation week, requesting information on students' personal characteristics, academic aspirations, educational background, reasons for attending college and for selecting PTUC, extracurricular interests, and special needs. Study findings, based on a 92% response rate, included the following: (1) 38.5% of the respondents were male, and 61.6% were female; (2) 82.9% were between the ages of 16 and 18; (3) 85.2% were born in Puerto Rico, and 13.0% were born in the continental United States; (4) 97.7% were not married; (5) 99.6% were U.S. citizens; (6) 67.6% lived in Ponce while studying, and 41.6% of these lived permanently in Ponce; (7) 7.6% reported that they had a physical or mental handicap; (8) 1.0% were veterans; (9) 84.1% attended public schools, and 14.6% attended private schools; (10) 63.9% indicated they would reside with their parents while attending college; (11) 52.2% reported they would use public transportation to reach the institution; (12) 53.9% hoped to finish a bachelor's degree; and (13) 47% expressed a need to improve their oral and writing skills in English. The survey instrument is appended. (Author/EJV)
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, College Choice, College Freshmen, Educational Background, Enrollment Influences, Extracurricular Activities, Questionnaires, School Surveys, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Student Educational Objectives, Technical Institutes, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Puerto Rico Univ., Ponce. Ponce Technical Univ. Coll.