ERIC Number: ED354023
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Johnson County Community College and the Lives of Its Students: A Survey.
Soltz, Donald F.
In spring 1992, a study was conducted at Johnson County Community College (JCCC), in Kansas, to gather information about the lives of the college's students, focusing on how they manage the demands of school, work, and family. A survey was administered to 466 currently enrolled students, soliciting data pertaining to students' time use, expectations, and experiences at JCCC. Major findings included the following: (1) respondents spent roughly 40% of their time at home, 16% in leisure activities, 14% working outside the home, and 14% involved with schoolwork; (2) the majority of students felt that many of their personal qualities, including academic skills, were "better," or "much better" than when they first entered JCCC; (3) 40% of students reported studying harder for finals at JCCC than at their previous school, and more than 60% felt that JCCC's classes were more interesting; (4) close to 50% of respondents had problems with math in their courses, while slightly less noted trouble with test-taking; (5) about one-third of the students had smoked cigarettes at least occasionally, while only 13% reported taking an illicit drug; (6) the average female student was 26 years old and spent less time socializing and more time doing homework than male students, whose average age was 22; (7) part-time students tended to be older and more motivated, and to receive better grades than full-time students, who indicated that they spent more time studying; and (8) students with high grade point averages (GPA's) reported studying an average of over three hours more per week than those with a low GPA's. A technical supplement provides the survey instrument, a technical description of the sample and methodology, and a complete tabulation of results. (MAB)
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.