ERIC Number: ED301308
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Sep
Non-Degree Students: A Potential for Recruitment? Research Report Number 88-23.
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)
Descriptors: College Role, Community Colleges, Comparative Analysis, Enrollment Trends, Majors (Students), Part Time Students, Participant Satisfaction, Questionnaires, School Surveys, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Student Educational Objectives, Student Recruitment, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Miami-Dade Community Coll., FL. Office of Institutional Research.