ERIC Number: ED327237
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jun
Opinions and Attitudes of Statewide Community College Students, June 1990. [2nd Biennial Community College Student Survey].
Michigan State Board of Education, Lansing. Project Outreach.
In June 1990, a statewide telephone survey was conducted of 1,200 full- and part-time students from the 29 Michigan community colleges as a follow-up to a similar survey conducted in 1988. As in the previous study, the 29 colleges were classified as rural, urban, and suburban institutions and a total of 200 part-time and 200 full-time students were contacted from each group. Study findings included the following: (1) 79% of part-time and 67% of full-time students stated that their primary reason for attending college was to improve their job prospects; (2) 91% of respondents felt they were getting their money's worth from community college while 95% said they would recommend a community college to a friend; (3) the percentage of students who had first applied to a four-year college dropped since the initial survey from 46% to 21% while those seeking an Associates degree dropped from 65% to 55%; (4) among reasons given for attending a community college, 42% sought university credit, 30% were preparing for a new job, and 15% were seeking to improve existing job skills; (5) 71% of respondents stated that they planned to re-enroll at the college in a subsequent semester, from 67% in 1988; (6) 65% of respondents indicated that they were performing better academically than they had in high school; (7) 58% of students said that the cost of tuition at the community college was very reasonable but 68% considered the cost of books to be unreasonable; and (8) both full-time and part-time students gave full- and part-time faculty high praise. Data tables and the survey instrument are included. (GFW)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Community Colleges, Full Time Students, Part Time Students, Paying for College, Questionnaires, Student Attitudes, Student Behavior, Student Educational Objectives, Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance, Telephone Surveys, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Board of Education, Lansing. Project Outreach.
Note: One of a series of public opinion surveys conducted by Project Outreach. For related documents, see JC 910 046-051, ED 239 766, and ED 260 080.