ERIC Number: ED304188
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Nov-2
Reference Count: N/A
Fall 1987 Nonreturning Student Survey Findings.
In spring 1988, a survey was conducted of students who attended St. Louis Community College (SLCC) in fall 1987, did not graduate, and did not return for the spring semester. A questionnaire was mailed to 20% (N=2,270) of the fall 1987 non-returning students, requesting information on educational goals, attainment of or progress toward these goals, attendance history, educational plans, reasons for not re-enrolling, and personal characteristics. Study findings, based on responses from 439 former students, included the following: (1) 27% of the respondents indicated that they had accomplished their educational goal (i.e., were goal achievers), 63% planned to attend SLCC at a future date (i.e., were stop-outs), and 10% had not attained their goal and had no plans to return to SLCC (i.e., were dropouts); (2) 49% of the goal achievers indicated that their goal had been to prepare for transfer, 38% were attending for personal interest, and 37% were attending to improve their job skills; (3) 46% of the stop-outs and 29% of the dropouts cited "other demands on time too great to take courses" as one of their major reasons for interrupting or terminating their studies; and (4) 88% of the respondents rated SLCC "good" or "excellent" as a school for students with educational goals similar to their own. Appendixes present the survey instrument and background information on student outcomes and retention. (AJL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Saint Louis Community Coll., MO. Office of Institutional Research and Planning.