ERIC Number: ED354037
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Feb
Statewide Longitudinal Study, 1987-92. Final Report.
Wyoming Community Coll. Commission, Cheyenne.
Between fall 1987 and spring 1992, the Wyoming Community College Commission, in cooperation with the state's seven community colleges, implemented a comprehensive longitudinal study to follow changes in student demographics and progress over the 5-year period. The sample consisted of 181 first-time, first-year, full-time students attending one of the community colleges in October, 1987. The initial survey defined a profile of community college students and identified their educational and career goals, while additional surveys administered at 6 month intervals tracked changes in these data. The final report presents information on student characteristics, educational status, career status and satisfaction and is based on a response rate of 60% of the original sample. Results of the study include the following: (1) from 1987 to 1992 the percentage of respondents dependent on parents or spouses decreased from 60% to 22%, while 24% married during the same period; (2) 42% of the study sample were enrolled in institutions of higher education, while 23% had earned a bachelor's degree; (3) faculty and other students were identified as helpful to the respondents while counselors and administrators were not rated as highly; (4) 74% of respondents were employed at least part-time, with 32% earning less than $7,500 per year; (5) 42% of those currently employed were employed in their long-term career or occupational goal; (6) 62% claimed that their education had prepared them for employment, and 65% indicated they were happy with their employment status; and (7) 65% expressed satisfaction with their educational, career and personal experiences over the past 5 years, 24% were neither satisfied nor dissatisfied, and 11% indicated dissatisfaction. Extensive data tables are included. (MAB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wyoming Community Coll. Commission, Cheyenne.