ERIC Number: ED332773
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-May
Reference Count: N/A
Regional Campuses Non-Returning Student Survey.
Knight, William E.
In spring 1991, a study was conducted of non-returning students from the seven 2-year Regional Campuses (RC's) of Kent State University to identify demographic characteristics of such students, determine the reasons they did not continue their enrollment, and obtain their opinions regarding the academic and student services at the RC's. Of the 2,392 students who had enrolled in fall 1990 but who did not return in spring 1991, a random sample of 1,022 were surveyed. Study findings, based on a 20% response rate, included the following: (1) non-returning students shared many of the same demographic characteristics as past and current RC students; (2) 52% of the respondents reported cumulative grade point averages between 3.0 and 4.0, and 83% were employed; (3) 69% of the non-returning students had been enrolled part time, compared with 54% of all RC students; (4) from a list of 19 potential reasons, the ones cited most frequently for not returning were, in rank order, desired courses were not available, personal reasons, did not have enough money to continue, family responsibilities were too great, classes were scheduled at the wrong times, could not work and attend college simultaneously, and achieved academic goals; (5) most academic and student services were rated as moderate, high, or very high; (6) Veterans' Services, and Minority Student Services were rated least favorably; (7) 75% of the respondents said they had enrolled for only a limited number of courses for transfer or increased knowledge, or were unsure of their academic goals; and (8) 47% of the respondents planned to return to the RC's. Detailed data tables and the survey instrument are included. (PAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Kent State Univ., OH. Regional Campuses. Office of Academic Assessment and Evaluation Services.