ERIC Number: ED303211
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Study of Interests in Academic, Technical and Extracurricular College Programs by High School Juniors and Seniors.
Usera, John J.
In 1989, a survey of high school students was conducted by Labette Community College (LCC) to determine their career and academic aspirations, possible interests in college majors, interests in proposed new offerings, information needs, extracurricular interests, and scheduling preferences. Surveys were administered on a voluntary basis to 1,004 juniors and seniors in seven high schools in Labette and Cherokee counties. Study findings, based on a 63% response rate, included the following: (1) 28.5% of the students planned to attend a university or four-year college on a full-time basis after graduation, while 27.9% planned to attend a community college either full or part time; (2) the seniors showed most interest in business administration, pre-engineering, and psychology as majors, while juniors were most interested in majors in automotive technology, pre-engineering, and accounting; (3) 115 of the juniors and seniors expressed interest in a proposed new program for athletic trainers; (4) when asked to identify their information needs, students indicated most interest in receiving information about scholarships and financial aid, followed by college clubs and organizations, and intramural sports; and (5) 54.8% of the respondents indicated a preference to attend classes in the morning, 36.6% preferred the afternoon, and 8.6% preferred the evening. The survey instrument is appended. (AAC)
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, College Bound Students, College Choice, College Programs, Community Colleges, Extracurricular Activities, High School Seniors, High School Students, High Schools, Information Needs, Majors (Students), Questionnaires, School Surveys, Student Educational Objectives, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Labette Community Coll., Parsons, KS.