ERIC Number: ED328298
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Nov-15
Reference Count: N/A
Student Characteristics as Compared to the Community Profile, Fall, 1988. Volume XVIII, No. 4.
A study was conducted at William Rainey Harper College (WRHC) to develop a profile of fall 1988 students, compare student and community demographic data, and analyze the percentage of community sub-groups served by the college. A random sample of 500 degree credit students (DCS's) and 300 non-degree credit students (NCS's) were surveyed, representing 3.6% and 3% of the total degree credit and non-credit student populations respectively. Based on responses from 74% of the DCS's and 81% of the NCS's, combined with an analysis of 1980 census data, the study revealed the following: (1) 43% of the DCS's had taken college courses before attending WRHC, and 11% had a bachelor's degree; (2) the average student age was 27 years for DCS's and 39 years for NCS's, slightly higher than in 1986 and 1987; (3) 2.5% of the district population was enrolled as DCS's in fall 1988; (4) 68% of the DCS's and 88% of the NCS's indicated that they were employed full-time; (5) major reported sources of funding for college among the DCS's were the student's own money (48%), parental funds (20%), employer contributions (19%), and spouses (9%); (6) funding sources among NCS's included the student's money (71%), employer contributions (15%), spouses (10%), and parental funds (4%); (7) primary enrollment influences for DCS's were convenience, friends and relatives, ability to enroll in a specific program, low cost, and the desire to broaden their knowledge base; and (8) for NCS's, the primary enrollment influences were availability of specific programs, friends or relatives, convenience, the desire to broaden their knowledge base, and receipt of the semester schedule in the mail. The survey instrument and cover letter are appended. (GFW)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, College Credits, Community Colleges, Continuing Education, Credit Courses, Enrollment Influences, Noncredit Courses, Paying for College, Questionnaires, School Surveys, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Student Educational Objectives, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: William Rainey Harper Coll., Palatine, IL. Office of Planning and Research.