ERIC Number: ED335092
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jun-3
Non-Traditional Age Students: Attrition, Retention, and Recommendations for Campus Change.
Stolar, Steven M.
In 1991, a study was conducted at Cumberland County College (CCC) to examine the demographic characteristics, academic goals, attendance patterns, opinions about the school, and other relevant data about CCC's nontraditional age student population (i.e., students aged 25 to 55 years). In fall 1990, 1,147 nontraditional aged students were enrolled at CCC, representing 46% of the student body. In spring 1991, only 67% of this group (N=767) returned. Surveys were conducted of both continuing and non-returning with the non-returning students being contacted by mail and the returning students being surveyed in class. Study findings, based on responses from 168 non-returning students and 208 continuing students, included the following: (1) the non-returning students were predominantly white, female, and part-time attendees; (2) non-returning students were most satisfied with admissions, the quality of instruction in their major, the library, and registration procedures; and least satisfied with job placement services, financial aid, student activities, and tutoring services; (3) the most frequently cited reasons for not returning to CCC were "financial reasons,""conflicting job hours,""satisfied personal need," and "parenthood"; (4) the one service most requested by continuing students was a campus day care center; (5) continuing students requested extended evening hours for the bookstore, cafeteria, and other campus offices; (6) continuing students also requested a greater variety of evening course selections, more Saturday classes, and more telecourses; and (7) evening counselor availability, opportunities for social interaction, and the sale of used books in the bookstore were suggested student services. Graphs reflecting response frequencies and student comments are attached. (JMC)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Adult Students, College Planning, Community Colleges, Dropout Characteristics, Dropout Research, Dropouts, Enrollment Influences, Graphs, Nontraditional Students, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Student Educational Objectives, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Cumberland County Coll., Vineland, NJ.