ERIC Number: ED336166
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-May
Reference Count: N/A
Leaving the Community College: Attrition, Completion, or Something Else? A Short-Term Follow-Up Study of Nonreturning JCCC Students.
Conklin, Karen A.
In October 1990, Johnson County Community College (JCCC) conducted a study of students enrolled during the previous 12 months who did not re-enroll in the fall of 1990. Surveys were mailed to 1,746 former students, requesting information on reasons for discontinuing study at JCCC, educational experiences and objectives, level of satisfaction with JCCC, and personal characteristics. Study findings, based on a 28.5% response rate, included the following: (1) the majority of the respondents were currently married, working full time, female, and over 32 years of age, and reported an annual family income below $40,000; (2) the majority of the respondents had originally enrolled at JCCC for job-related reasons, to study topics of personal interest, or for self-improvement; (3) 72.2% of the respondents reported that they had achieved their educational objectives at the college, and 80% of those respondents credited JCCC with helping them achieve that objective; (4) reasons cited for leaving JCCC included work schedule conflicts (34.6%), desired coursework completed (18.7%), lifestyle changes or personal problems (25%), and financial difficulties (18%); (5) over 90% of the respondents said they would recommend the college to their friends, and over 75% indicated that JCCC had improved their quality of life; (6) in comparison with four-year institutions attended, respondents were more satisfied with the individual attention provided by faculty at JCCC, and less satisfied with availability of financial aid; and (7) 25% of respondents held a bachelor's degree or higher, and 39% reported earning mostly A's at JCCC. Data tables, narrative survey responses, and the survey instrument are included. (PAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Johnson County Community Coll., Overland Park, KS. Office of Institutional Research.