ERIC Number: ED348120
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Mar-1
Reference Count: N/A
A Study of Students Who Applied but Did Not Enroll at Harper for the Fall 1990 Semester. Volume XIX, No. 8.
Bohrer, Bruce; Lucas, John A.
A survey was conducted at William Rainey Harper College (WRHC) in Palatine, Illinois, to determine the reasons why nearly 16% of the students who applied to the college for fall 1990 did not register by the first week of classes. Results were compared to those of a similar study conducted of 1982 no shows. A sample of 300 of the 854 fall 1990 no-shows were selected for telephone interviews. Survey findings, based on a 76% response rate, included the following: (1) only 20% of respondents had decided definitely not to attend WRHC, down from 34% in 1982; (2) 3% of the students had enrolled after the first week of the fall 1990 semester; (3) 38% stated that they planned to attend WRHC within the next year, compared to 20% of the 1982 respondents; (4) one-sixth of respondents reported institutional barriers to enrollment, such as filled or canceled courses, time conflicts, or not enough transfer credit, compared to one-fourth in 1982; and (5) 31% of no-shows were attending other colleges, with 36% of those attending other community colleges, compared to 17% in 1982. Detailed results and the survey instrument are included. (MAB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: William Rainey Harper Coll., Palatine, IL. Office of Planning and Research.