ERIC Number: ED356019
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-May
Cohort92 Entering Student Survey: Preliminary Findings. Enrollment Analysis EA93-7.
Prince George's Community Coll., Largo, MD. Office of Institutional Research and Analysis.
In October 1992, Prince George's Community College (PGCC) in Largo, Maryland, undertook a study of the characteristics of first-time students to gather information for the college's recruitment and assessment efforts. A four-page questionnaire was mailed to all 2,730 first-time students enrolled in fall 1992, requesting information on the students' academic goals, socio-economic status, and academic/socio-cultural background. A total of 949 completed questionnaires were returned, resulting in a response rate of 35%. Preliminary findings of the survey included the following: (1) 51% of the respondents indicated that they planned to earn an Associate degree from PGCC, while 34% said they planned to take courses for transfer without earning a degree; (2) at the time of the survey, 53% of the respondents lived with one or both of their parents, 19% lived with a spouse, and 7% lived alone; (3) 45% were employed full-time, 26% were employed 10 to 29 hours per week, and 27% were unemployed; (4) half of the respondents reported household incomes below $40,000, compared to a Prince George's County median of $43,000; (5) with regard to respondents' high schools, 51% graduated from a public high school in Prince George's County, 51% reported spending 3 hours or less on homework, and 64% reported getting mostly "B's" and "C's"; and (6) 17% of the respondents' mothers and 16% of their fathers had earned a two- or four-year college degree, while 16% of mothers and 20% of fathers had not earned a high school diploma. Data tables and the survey instrument are included. (BCY)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Prince George's Community Coll., Largo, MD. Office of Institutional Research and Analysis.