ERIC Number: ED316282
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
PVCC New Student Profile, Fall Semester 1989. Research Report Number 2-90.
Head, Ronald B.
In an effort to provide faculty and administrators with a current profile of the diverse student population at Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC), a study was conducted of new students entering PVCC in fall 1989. The new student population, representing 33.5% of the total fall 1989 headcount, included 849 first-time students and 644 transfer students. The ratio of new to returning students has been relatively constant for the last five years, while the ratio of first-time to transfer students has not. During fall 1985, the number of first-time students was the lowest in 11 years and the number of transfer students was the highest ever. Between 1985 and 1987, however, first-time student enrollment increased by 14.5% and transfer student enrollment decreased by 1.9%. Generally, during the past five years, the enrollment of new students has mirrored that of the student body as a whole. Demographically, the fall 1989 new and returning students were quite similar: the ratio of males to females was 2:3; the ratio of whites to minorities was 9:1; and between 25% and 30% of all new students were in the age bracket 25 to 34. More notable differences existed between the new and returning student populations. First-time students were typically younger than transfer students and more likely to study full-time at PVCC. Proportionally more first-time students studied during the day at the main PVCC campus than did transfer students, and a larger percentage of first-time students were enrolled in programs of study leading toward degrees or certificates. A research summary is attached to the report. (JMC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Piedmont Virginia Community Coll., Charlottesville, VA. Office of Institutional Research and Planning.
Identifiers - Location: Virginia