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ERIC Number: ED301308
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Sep
Pages: 41
Abstractor: N/A
Non-Degree Students: A Potential for Recruitment? Research Report Number 88-23.
Morris, Cathy
Over 17,000 credit students enrolled at Miami-Dade Community College (MDCC) in 1986-87 with no stated intention of obtaining a degree at the college. A study was conducted to examine the characteristics of non-degree students and to assess their potential for recruitment into further coursework and/or degree programs. Demographics were examined to determine how these students differ from degree-seekers; transcripts were analyzed to discover how often non-degree students switch to degree-seeking status; and data from a survey concerning college image were examined to compare MDCC with the students'"ideal college." Study findings included the following: (1) 89% of the non-degree students were enrolled part time, compared to 60% of the degree-seeking students; (2) on average, non-degree students were eight years older than degree seekers; (3) 71% enrolled to upgrade job skills or earn transfer credit; (4) 39% of the non-degree students and 56% of the degree seekers were Hispanic; (5) 63% of the non-degree respondents worked more than 20 hours per week; (6) 24% of the non-degree students enrolled in college for the first time switched into degree-seeking status over a three-year span; (7) almost 50% indicated that they aspire to earn a Master's degree or higher; and (8) MDCC compared favorably with students'"ideal college" in 33 of 37 areas, falling below ideal for 30% of the respondents in personal counseling, job placement, child care and housing services. The survey instrument is included. (AJL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Miami-Dade Community Coll., FL. Office of Institutional Research.