ERIC Number: ED314131
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-May
Reference Count: N/A
Survey Sheds Light on Continuing Education Enrollees. Research Report Number 59.
Livieratos, Barbara B.
In 1989, under the auspices of the State Board for Community Colleges, a survey was conducted of continuing education (CE) students enrolled during fiscal year (FY) 1987 at community colleges throughout Maryland. At Howard Community College (HCC), a sample of the 8,047 students enrolled in state-funded CE courses was surveyed regarding the types of courses in which they were registered, their goals, and their personal characteristics. A total of 533 students responded to the survey, reflecting an adjusted response rate of 46% and representing 6% of the individuals who actually took CE courses in FY87. Study findings included the following: (1) the largest single category of courses taken by respondents were vocational/technical (42%), followed by health care (13%), other (12%), general education (11%), and consumer education (8%); (2) 42% of the respondents had career-related goals, 30% planned to update their skills, and 10% were preparing for a new career; (3) the majority of the respondents said that their goal for taking a course had been achieved, and 80% of the respondents gave high ratings to the quality of instruction; (4) at HCC, minority students represented 13% of the CE students, a higher proportion than at other mid-sized community colleges (peer colleges) at community colleges statewide (10%); (5) HCC's CE respondents were considerably younger than those in the rest of the state, even though the respondents were actually older than the average HCC CE enrollee; and (6) 46% of HCC survey respondents were college graduates, compared with 18% at peer colleges and 29% in the rest of the state. (JMC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Howard Community Coll., Columbia, MD.
Identifiers - Location: Maryland