ERIC Number: ED300092
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: N/A
Applicant Attrition Study, Spring 1987.
San Diego Community Coll. District, CA. Research and Planning.
In spring 1987, a survey was conducted of individuals who applied for admission at one of the colleges in the San Diego Community College District (SDCCD) and did not subsequently enroll. A sample of 100 applicants was telephoned and the remaining 2,636 applicants received a direct-mail questionnaire. Study findings, based on an overall response rate of 17%, included the following: (1) 26% indicated that financial problems prevented them from enrolling at SDCCD, 15% could not keep their enrollment appointment, and 10% were deterred by long enrollment lines; (2) 76.9% said that they had been treated courteously by admissions staff; (3) 83% felt they had the necessary reading and mathematics skills to enroll in college; (4) 28.3% said that they would not have appreciated a call from the college to provide guidance or answer their questions; (5) 44.7% had applied for college admission for personal enrichment; (6) 48.4% of the respondents were returning students, while 31.2% were first-time students; and (7) 56.6% were employed full-time when they applied. A brief summary of a survey of 45 California community colleges to determine the nature and extent of applicant attrition at other colleges, and the survey instrument are included. (AYC)
Descriptors: College Applicants, Community Colleges, Dropouts, Enrollment Influences, Multicampus Districts, No Shows, Questionnaires, School Surveys, Student Educational Objectives, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
San Diego Community College District, Office of Research and Planning, 3375 Camino del Rio South, San Diego, CA 92108 (free while supplies last).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: San Diego Community Coll. District, CA. Research and Planning.