ERIC Number: ED336164
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Johnson County Community College "Class of 1987" Five-Year Longitudinal Study.
Conklin, Karen A.
In 1985, Johnson County Community College (JCCC) coordinated a 5-year longitudinal study of representative groups of students at all 19 Kansas community colleges. The purpose of the study was to document the academic and career progress of these students from first entry into college to subsequent experiences after leaving the community college. At JCCC, a total of 53 full-time, first-time freshmen signed participation agreements in fall 1985; of these, 43 completed the 1990 survey for an adjusted response rate of 86%. Major study findings, including comparisons with other Kansas community colleges, included the following: (1) approximately 58% of the 1990 JCCC respondents had originally planned to earn an associate or bachelor's degree, and nearly all of them achieved that goal; statewide, 73% of the respondents earned a degree by 1990, but only 60% had expressed such plans in 1985; (2) JCCC respondents who planned to earn a graduate degree rose from approximately 32% in 1985 to nearly 42% in 1990; (3) nearly 73% of the respondents statewide described themselves as consistent full-time students from 1985 to 1990, compared to 58% of the JCCC respondents; (4) JCCC respondents expressed less satisfaction with their progress toward personal, educational, and professional goals throughout the study than respondents from other Kansas community colleges; and (5) a greater percentage of JCCC students than other respondents married, added family members, and experienced hospitalizations and acute financial difficulties between 1985 and 1990. Data tables, separate results from each year's survey, and selected verbatim comments are included. (JMC)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Persistence, Community Colleges, Comparative Analysis, Education Work Relationship, Employment Patterns, Followup Studies, Longitudinal Studies, Occupational Aspiration, Participant Satisfaction, State Surveys, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Student Educational Objectives, Tables (Data), Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Johnson County Community Coll., Overland Park, KS. Office of Institutional Research.
Identifiers - Location: Kansas