ERIC Number: ED270184
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: 0
Perfil de Estudiantes de Nuevo Ingreso 1985-86 = Profile of First-Year Students 1985-86.
Vilarino de Medina, Ivonne
In August 1985, 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 in class to freshmen during the first weeks of class, 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 69% response rate, included the following: (1) 44% of the respondents were male and and 55% were female; (2) 84% were between the ages of 16 and 18; (3) 86.4% were born in Puerto Rico and 12.2% in the continental United States; (4) 98.9% were not married; (5) 98.2% were U.S. citizens; (6) 39.3% lived in Ponce permanently and 74.5% came from towns within the institutional service area; (7) 8.7% assumed they had some type of physical or mental limitation; (8) 0.9% were veterans; (9) 83.9% came from public schools and 14.7% came from private schools; (10) 65.4% intended to live with their parents while attending college; (11) 35.8% said they would use public transportation to reach the institution; (12) 58.9% hoped to attain a bachelor's degree; (13) 70% felt they had a need to improve their English oral expression, and 45.8% wished to improve their English writing skills; and (14) 80.3% indicated that federal assistance was their principal economic source for pursuing their college studies. 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.