ERIC Number: ED328329
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Regional Campuses New Freshmen Survey.
Knight, William E.
In fall 1990, a study was conducted of new freshmen at the regional campuses (RC's) of Kent State University to gather information on the characteristics and goals of the new students and to determine their reasons for enrolling and their perceptions of the academic and student services provided. Surveys were mailed to all 2,390 new freshmen attending the seven RC's. Study findings, based on a 31.2% response rate, included the following: (1) 71% of the respondents were female, 90% were White, 5% were Native American, and 3% were African American; (2) 63% were between the ages of 18 and 22 years; (3) 62% were enrolled for 12 to 18 semester credit hours; (4) 40% said their most important academic goal was completing courses for transfer to a four-year college, while 35% cited completion of an associate degree as their most important academic goal; (5) preparing for a new career and improving knowledge and technical skills were most frequently given as important career preparation goals; (6) in terms of personal goals, 47% of the respondents cited developing the ability to be independent, self-reliant, and adaptable as important, while 29% were interested in learning skills that would enrich their lives; (7) asked about their reasons for enrolling at the RC's, 53% cited the close proximity to home or work, 16.5% cited program offerings, and 13.5% cited the low cost; and (8) the most frequent reasons cited for choosing a particular major were interest in the subject and relation to a given career. Data tables, the survey instrument and cover letter, and sample open-ended responses are included. (GFW)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Kent State Univ., OH. Regional Campuses. Office of Academic Assessment and Evaluation Services.