ERIC Number: ED322973
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Sep-19
A Survey of Factors and Attitudes of Students at a Rural Two-Year College Which Promote Low Participation in Student Activities Programs: An Institutional Study.
Stolar, Steven M.
In spring 1988, a survey was conducted of the student body at Cumberland County College (CCC) to obtain insight into students' perceptions of student activities programs at the college, the characteristics of participants in these activities, the activities students would like to see offered, and the most convenient times. A random sample of 202 students returned 114 usable surveys for a response rate of 65.5%. Among the respondents, 63% attended part-time, 71% were female, and 82% were degree-seeking students. Study findings included the following: (1) 80% of the respondents considered the availability of student activities to be important or very important; (2) 58% rated the quality of student activities as average; (3) 68% indicated that they had never participated in any type of student activity at CCC; (4) among students who had participated in activities, involvement was greatest in seminars and workshops, clubs, and guest speaker presentations; (5) students tended to prefer programs scheduled in the evenings or on weekends; (6) over 50 respondents indicated that they would be likely to attend musical and sporting events on campus, while at least 45 students expressed an interest in overnight trips, guest speakers, seminars/workshops, and theater trips; (7) lack of time and other responsibilities were given as reasons for low attendance rates; and (8) among suggestions for additional programs, sporting events for exercise rather than competition was cited most frequently. Selected tables with response data are included. (JMC)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Cumberland County Coll., Vineland, NJ.