ERIC Number: ED352074
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Educational Goal Attainment: A One-Year Follow-Up Study of Nonreturning JCCC Students.
Conklin, Karen A.
In 1991, a study was conducted at Johnson County Community College (JCCC), in Kansas, of "leavers," those students who were once enrolled at JCCC, but did not graduate, transfer to another institution, or complete a career program. Questionnaires were mailed to 1,860 students identified as leavers who had been enrolled at JCCC during fall 1990, spring 1991, or summer 1991. Survey results, based on a 23% response rate, included the following: (1) three out of four respondents had completely or partially achieved their JCCC educational objective; (2) 7 out of 10 of the respondents indicated that their self-confidence had been enhanced by attending JCCC; (3) approximately 65% of the respondents who had completed 15 or more credit hours, and 55% of those age 25 and older, indicated that JCCC had helped them to broaden their knowledge of the arts and sciences; (4) 6 out of 10 respondents indicated that JCCC had helped them to improve their written skills; (5) three out of four respondents indicated that their experiences at JCCC had improved their quality of life; (6) over 95% would recommend JCCC to friends, while 80% would encourage their own children to attend the college; and (7) primary factors for leaving JCCC included work schedule conflicts (30.2%), completed desired coursework (20.9%), financial difficulties (18.8%), lifestyle change, such as marriage or pregnancy (15.9%), and family or personal problems (10.2%). Data tables, verbatim responses, and the survey instrument are provided. (MAB)
Descriptors: College Outcomes Assessment, Community Colleges, Dropout Attitudes, Dropout Characteristics, Dropout Research, Dropouts, Followup Studies, Participant Satisfaction, School Effectiveness, Student Educational Objectives, Tables (Data), Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education, Withdrawal (Education)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Johnson County Community Coll., Overland Park, KS. Office of Institutional Research.