ERIC Number: ED317233
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Dec
Identification of the Long Range Goals of Community College Students: A Descriptive Report on the Influences of Age, Gender and Patterns of Attendance.
Rochlin, Joyce T.
A study was conducted to identify the long-range goals of students at Essex Community College (ECC) and Catonsville Community College (CCC) in Maryland to determine whether transfer students represented a dominant cohort in these institutions. Age, gender, and attendance patterns were also examined as functions of long-range goals. A questionnaire was distributed to 230 students enrolled in Psychology 101 courses at one of the two colleges. The study revealed no significant differences between the long-range goals of males and females, or between students attending school during the day or in the evening. Other findings included the following: (1) self-motivation was the strongest influence on students' decisions to attend college; (2) for students under the age of 25, only 13% were attending college because of parental influence; (3) location, program, and financial considerations were the strongest influences on college choice; (4) 94% of the respondents lived within a half-hour commute of their college; (5) 27% of the respondents had sole responsibility for financing their education, 38% were assuming some of these costs, and 35% were supported by their parents; (6) 24% of the respondents planned to complete their education "a little at a time," 7% were taking courses of interest only, and 69% planned to complete their education "as quickly as possible"; and (7) 75% indicated that their primary goal was "entry into a four-year college," 17% were more interested in "immediate entry into a career," 4% were attending college to "update skills," and 4% were attending for "self-enrichment." The survey instrument is attached. (WJT)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.