ERIC Number: ED304184
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Spring 1987 Student Survey: Summary. Los Angeles Community College District.
Conrath, Nancy; Fong Lai, Kit
Since 1974, student surveys have been conducted in the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) to gather information on student goals, plans, academic preparation, characteristics, financial aid, and evaluations of college services. In spring 1987, a random sample of 15% of the current enrollment at each college in the LACCD were surveyed in class. A total of 15,084 usable questionnaires were returned. Study findings included the following: (1) between 1982 and 1987, the percentages of students pursuing career or transfer goals declined slightly, while the percentage of those pursuing personal interest goals increased; (2) older students were more often interested in fine arts, social sciences, humanities, and family studies than younger students; (3) about 25% of the respondents had attended a private or public four-year institution prior to attending their present college; (4) the proportion of working students increased between 1980 and 1987, with smaller colleges reporting higher frequencies of students working full time than larger colleges; (5) districtwide, 63% of the students spoke English as their native language, while 18% were native Spanish speakers; (6) approximately 25% of the respondents reported a household income below $12,000 per year; (7) the admissions office and college library were the most frequently used noninstructional services; (8) the most common reason for choosing a particular college was proximity to home; and (9) the major enrollment influences were class schedules and friends. An appendix includes a description of the sampling and weighting methodology and the survey instrument. (AJL)
Descriptors: College Choice, College Preparation, Community Colleges, Educational Trends, Employment Level, Enrollment Influences, Enrollment Trends, Family Income, Multicampus Districts, Nontraditional Students, Participant Satisfaction, Student Characteristics, Student Educational Objectives, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Los Angeles Community Coll. District, CA. Office of Research, Planning and Development.