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ERIC Number: ED349043
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Sep-30
Reference Count: 0
Student Characteristics as Compared to the Community Profile of Fall 1990. Volume XX, No. 2.
Meltesen, Cal; Lucas, John A.
A study was conducted at William Rainey Harper College (WRHC) in Palatine, Illinois, to develop a profile of fall 1990 students, compare student and community demographic data, and analyze the percentage of various community sub-groups served by the college. A random sample of 500 degree credit students (DCS's) and 300 non-degree credit students (NCS's) were surveyed, representing 3.4% and 3.3% of the total student populations of the two groups, respectively. Based on responses from 371 (74%) of the DCS's and 231 (77%) of the NCS's, combined with an analysis of 1990 census data, study findings included the following: (1) 40% of the DCS's had taken college courses before attending WRHC, and 10% had at least a bachelor's degree; (2) one-third of DCS's indicated an intention to transfer to a four-year institution, while two-thirds of the NCS's enrolled in courses for general interest; (3) the average student age was 26 years for DCS's and 42 years for NCS's; (4) 2.5% of the district population was enrolled in WRHC degree programs in fall 1990; (5) 63% of the DCS's and 80% of the NCS's indicated that they were employed full-time, earning average annual salaries of $33,724 and $48,963, respectively; (6) sources of funding for college reported by the DCS's were the student's own money (57%), employer contributions (16%), parental funds (13%), and spouses (8%), while funding sources among NCS's included the student's own money (77%), employer contributions (10%), spouses (10%), and parental funds (2%); and (7) primary enrollment influences continued to be friends and relatives, convenience, and the availability of specific programs and offerings. Detailed data tables and the survey instrument are included. (PAA)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, College Credits, Community Colleges, Comparative Analysis, Continuing Education, Credit Courses, Enrollment Influences, Noncredit Courses, Paying for College, Questionnaires, School Surveys, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Student Educational Objectives, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
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.
Note: For the fall 1989 comparison, see ED 328 308.