ERIC Number: ED278434
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Urban Community College Students: An Autobiographic Profile.
Bender, Louis W.; Richardson, Richard C., Jr.
Drawing from autobiographical essays prepared by students enrolled in urban community college districts in eight states, this report profiles the lives of these students with particular focus on family background; educational objectives; obligations and problems related to work and home life; and career and educational plans and goals. Introductory material explains the purpose of the essays, describes the student population, and outlines the methods used to analyze the essays. Part I of the report uses quotations from the student essays to draw profiles of the following student types: self-discoverers, undecideds, innocents, immigrants, perseverers, devotees, non-comformists, self-worth seekers, the prideful, and believers. Part II presents six entire student essays, each representing a different urban area. Part III offers observations on the data, including reasons for selecting community colleges as study sites and a summary profile of the students as typically optimistic, frequently naive, and almost always appreciative of the community college and its faculty. Discussed also are: the recurring theme in students' essays of military enlistment immediately after high school graduation by male siblings; the participation of community college English faculty in the essay project; and differences between suburban and urban participants. (EJV)
Descriptors: Career Choice, Community Colleges, Family Characteristics, Personal Narratives, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Student Educational Objectives, Student Experience, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Urban Education
Florida State University State and Regional Higher Education Center, College of Education, Tallahassee, FL 32306-3021 ($5.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Policymakers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Florida State Univ., Tallahassee. Center for State and Regional Higher Education.