ERIC Number: ED336126
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
American College Testing Program (ACT) Survey of Postsecondary Plans: Dade County High School Composite Report Summary. Research Report No. 89-22R.
In 1989, a survey was conducted of Dade County Public High School (DCHS) seniors to determine high school students' postsecondary occupational and educational plans and to identify characteristics which students considered important in selecting a college, particularly with respect to Miami-Dade Community College (MDCC). The survey focused on three groups targeted for recruitment efforts by the Enrollment Management Steering Committee: DCHS seniors as a whole; black students as a subset; and academically talented students as a subset. Study findings included the following: (1) 85.3% of the respondents planned to continue their education beyond high school, with 65.6% planning to do so during their first year after graduation; (2) the cost of attending school was among the top three factors which the largest percentage of seniors considered important in college selection; (3) 51.2% of the students indicated that their parents would be a major source of funding, while 44.4% considered their own employment a major source of funding; (4) 56.4% of the students planned to get a bachelor's degree or higher, 16.4% planned to obtain a two-year degree, and 19.0% planned to go into a vocational-technical program or to take job-related courses; (5) more than 50% of the respondents agreed or agreed strongly that MDCC was reasonably priced, provided sufficient financial aid, had high quality academic programs and a flexible schedule of courses, and met the needs of part-time students; and (6) academically talented students were more apt than the sample as a whole to plan to go to college, obtain a bachelor's degree or higher, and attend a four-year institution. Data tables and the survey instrument are attached. (JMC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Miami-Dade Community Coll., FL. Office of Institutional Research.