ERIC Number: ED279386
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Jul
Reference Count: 0
An Analysis of Declining Enrollment.
San Diego Community Coll. District, CA. Research and Planning.
The San Diego Community College District's (SDCCD's) spring 1985 enrollment report indicated that enrollment was down nearly 22% from the previous spring, and that the decline in the number of black students was noticeably higher than the overall decline (28%). To determine possible reasons for the decline, a sample of 1,500 of the 16,000 students who enrolled in fall 1984, but did not return in spring 1985 were surveyed. In addition, a more in-depth survey of non-returning black students (N=1,600) was conducted by mail and telephone. Study findings, based on response rates of 21.4% to the general survey and of 26% to the black student survey, included the following: (1) employment-related issues and financial concerns were the strongest factors contributing to the decline of the black student population; (2) while employment and finances were also of concern to the non-returning population as a whole, family commitments and transfer were of greater significance; (3) although tuition was not a primary factor, it did have significantly greater effects on Blacks, Hispanics, and students taking more than six units; and (4) nearly 50% of the non-returning students dropped out before the end of the fall semester. The survey instruments are appended. (LAL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: San Diego Community Coll. District, CA. Research and Planning.