ERIC Number: ED345824
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
The Student Survey Report, Spring 1992.
Von Wald, Stephen C.
In winter 1992, a survey was conducted by the Arrowhead Community College Region (Minnesota) to determine why nonreturning full-time students had failed to return to Arrowhead colleges. A questionnaire was mailed to all fall 1991 nonreturning students, followed by a second mailing two weeks later to all non-respondents. Of the 421 nonreturning students surveyed, 232 responded. Study findings, based on a 55% response rate, included the following: (1) 52.6% of the respondents indicated that they had entered college intending to earn a degree; (2) 23.3% had planned to transfer before earning a degree, 18.1% after earning a degree, and nearly one-half were not sure or had not intended to transfer; (3) the average percentage for all seven Arrowhead colleges planning to return to college was 47.4%, with 39% of those indicating that they planned to do so in the spring, and 19% within the next year; (4) 34.5% of all respondents were currently enrolled in another college, and 67.8% of those were enrolled full-time; (5) 51.7% of the respondents were employed, with nearly 80% of those working half-time or more; (6) 25.8% of those employed felt that their job was closely related to the education they had received at an Arrowhead college, and 47.5% found their education to be helpful or very helpful in their present job; (7) 36.6% of the respondents had received some form of financial aid while enrolled; and (8) the major reason given for not returning was transfer to another college (27.2%), followed by money problems (22.8%), employment (19%), inability to cope with the demands of family, work, and school (12.1%), and unavailability of courses due to scheduling conflicts (10.8%) or lack of offerings (7.3%). Tabulated responses to survey questions, and the survey instrument are appended. (JSP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Arrowhead Community Coll. Region, Grand Rapids, MN.