ERIC Number: ED335074
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
An Assessment of Educational Benefits: A Response by 1990-91 Mendocino College Graduates. Research Report 91-8.
MacMillan, Thomas F.
In an effort to assess students' impressions of the educational growth and change they experienced at Mendocino College (MC), a survey was administered to all students participating in graduation ceremonies during the 1990-91 school year. Usable surveys were obtained from 40% (N=73) of this sample. In addition, existing data were analyzed for the entire group of candidates for degrees and certificates (N=156). Study results included the following: (1) slightly over 76% of all candidates were female, as compared with about 65% of the total student population at MC; (2) the racial and ethnic distribution of graduates was representative of the total student population at the college; (3) in the most recent student data base, approximately 40% of the graduates indicated an intention to transfer, although a slightly higher number (46%) of the survey respondents indicated that they planned to transfer; (4) over 42% of the survey respondents reported taking five or more semesters to attain their educational goals; (5) at least 50% of the students rated the majority of MC resources and services as "very" or "somewhat" helpful, with the most frequently used services and resources receiving the highest ratings; (6) "scientific and critical thinking" was the area in which students reported the most development as a result of their college experience, with "human relations" and "personal development and self-awareness" also receiving high ratings; and (7) over 25% of the students felt that they had not made even moderate gains in math proficiency, while low ratings were also reported in the development of aesthetic awareness. Detailed data tables, open-ended student comments, and the survey instrument are included. (PAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mendocino Coll., Ukiah, CA.