ERIC Number: ED351092
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Two-Year College Students: A Statistical Profile. ERIC Fact Sheet.
ERIC Clearinghouse for Junior Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.
While numerous studies have examined the demographic, social, and economic characteristics of two-year college students, a composite profile for the approximately 4.5 million credit students at the nation's two-year colleges is more difficult to come by. Within certain limitations, however, a profile can be developed of these students. Two-year colleges enrolled 55% of the American Indian/Alaskan Natives in higher education, 42% of the Black students, 54% of the Hispanic students, 34% of the White students, and 21% of non-resident aliens. Since 1977, women have accounted for slightly over 50% of community college enrollment. According to the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges, the mean age of students enrolled in 1980 was 27, the median was 23, and the modal age was 19. Data also revealed that, despite their many differences, students at two- and four-year colleges had educational objectives similar to university students. While full-time freshmen at two-year colleges face greater obstacles in terms of income, academic background, and self-esteem, they aspire to the same upward mobility as other college and university students. (MAB)
Publication Type: Reports - General; ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Junior Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.