ERIC Number: ED308887
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Attrition '89: A Survey of Non-Returning Students in Spring 1989. Research Report 89-04.
Cumberland County Coll., Vineland, NJ.
In 1989, a survey was conducted of Cumberland County College (CCC) students who enrolled in fall 1988 but did not return in spring 1989. Questionnaires were mailed to all 718 nonreturning students, requesting information on their educational goals, enrollment patterns, ratings of college services, reasons for not returning, and personal characteristics. Study findings, based on a 34.5% response rate, included the following: (1) 83% of the nonreturning students were enrolled part-time; (2) 58% had employment-related goals, and 71% were employed full time while attending school; (3) in comparison to CCC graduates, nonreturning students made less use of college support services and gave them lower ratings; (4) 16% of the nonreturning students gave financial reasons for not returning, 12.5% listed conflicts with job hours, 11.5% indicated that they had achieved their goal for enrolling, 8% listed personal or family illness or injury, and 6% reported dissatisfaction with course offerings; (5) in comparison with nonreturning students from previous years, fewer 1988-89 nonreturning students dropped out because they had transferred or because they had achieved their goals; and (6) 12% of the fall 1988 entering students were black, compared to 6% of the nonreturning students. The survey instrument is appended. (JMC)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Community Colleges, Continuing Education, Dropout Characteristics, Dropouts, Enrollment Influences, Followup Studies, Minority Groups, Questionnaires, Stopouts, Student Attitudes, Student Attrition, Student Educational Objectives, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Withdrawal (Education)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Cumberland County Coll., Vineland, NJ.