ERIC Number: ED309794
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-May
Reference Count: N/A
Howard Community College Follow-Up of 1984 Entrants. Research Report Number 60.
Seboda, Barbara L.
In spring 1988, a follow-up study was conducted of students who first attended Howard Community College (HCC) in fall 1984. The primary objectives of the survey were to determine the students' educational and career achievements subsequent to attending HCC and to assess the effectiveness of the college from the students' perspective. All other Maryland community colleges fielded the same questionnaire to their students, allowing for comparisons among peer institutions. Questionnaires were mailed to all 1,160 first-time students who entered HCC in fall 1984. From the 800 deliverable questionnaires, 183 usable responses were received, for an adjusted response rate of 23%. Study findings included the following: (1) when asked about the most important reason they attended HCC, 31.8% of the respondents listed "transfer to a four-year institution," 16.2% listed "update skills for current job," 14.5% listed "self-enrichment/courses of interest only," 10.6% listed "prepare for entry into different career," and 7.8% listed "prepare for entry into first career"; (2) 70% of the respondents attended part time; (3) 36.5% of the respondents indicated that their initial educational goal had been to take selected courses, without intending to complete a degree, while 35.4% planned to earn an associate degree; (4) 60.6% indicated that they had been very successful in attaining their goal, and 85.4% felt that the courses they had taken at HCC had helped them achieve their goal; (5) the majority of the respondents gave ratings of "good" or "very good" to their college experiences; (6) almost 45% of the respondents started their current job after leaving HCC; and (7) in comparison with students at peer colleges, more HCC students entered with college degrees, attended part time, and lost some credits in transfer, while fewer HCC students initially set out to earn an associate degree or certificate. Tables, figures, and the survey questionnaire are included. (JMC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Howard Community Coll., Columbia, MD. Office of Research and Planning.