ERIC Number: ED282600
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Minnesota 11th and 12th Grade Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Program: Is It Changing the Traditional Structure of Secondary and Post-Secondary Schools?
Boughton, Roger W.
In 1985, the Minnesota Legislature passed legislation permitting and encouraging 11th and 12th grade students attending public high schools to enroll in public and private postsecondary institutions. Approximately 2% of all 11th and 12th grade students in the state took part in the program during its first year of operation, with the majority of those students enrolled in community colleges. A study was conducted to analyze the attitudes and opinions of students and faculty who participated in the program during the 1985-86 academic year at Austin Community College (ACC) and Rochester Community College (RCC). Of the 31 students and 11 faculty members invited to participate in the study, 24 students and 9 faculty members provided usable responses. Study findings included the following: (1) 62% of the ACC students perceived the college as a continuation of high school, while 37% of the RCC students described the institution as a liberal arts college; (2) 31.3% of the ACC students reported that they attended the local community college as a way to save money, while 37.5% of RCC students stated that they attended the college because they were bored with high school; (3) 37.5% of the ACC students and 75% of the RCC students received B's in their college courses; (4) students at both colleges strongly agreed that the experience had been worthwhile; (5) 79.1% of the students did not plan to attend the community college following high school graduation; and (6) high school faculty were not highly supportive of the program. Survey instruments are appended. (EJV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Council of North Central Community and Junior Colleges.
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