ERIC Number: ED356836
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Limiting Access by Degrees: Student Profiles Pre and Post the Fees.
Lee, Beth S.; And Others
A study was performed at the Los Rios Community College District (LRCCD), in California, to measure changes in enrollment and educational access due to a 67% increase in statewide community college fees and a $40-per-unit "differential fee" for students already holding a bachelor's degree or higher (BA+). The study was divided into four parts: a survey of 4,009 fall 1992 BA+ students asking them about the potential effects of the new fees on their educational plans, an analysis of these students' course-taking patterns and demographics, an analysis of the entire LRCCD student population before and after the changes, and an analysis of students who continued and those who did not in the years before and after the fees. Results of the study, based on responses from 37% of the BA+ students (n=1,475), included the following: (1) almost 60% of the BA+ students were attending for job-related reasons, while 26% were enrolled for personal development; (2) more than half (55%) were employed full-time, while 19% were employed part-time; (3) 65% said that their employers provided no financial assistance toward their educational expenses; (4) only 12% believed that they would be eligible for one of the fee exemption categories; (5) BA+ student enrollment dropped by 47.3% between spring 1992 and spring 1993, compared to a decrease of 7.9% for the district overall; (6) an analysis of fall-to-spring enrollment for the first year after the new fees revealed that the number of new/returning students declined by 14.6% from pre-fee years; and (7) the largest decreases were for older, part-time, working adult students. Data for similar surveys performed by other colleges in the district, comments by individual respondents, and the survey instrument are included. (MAB)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Bachelors Degrees, Community Colleges, Economic Impact, Educational Economics, Educational Finance, Educational Legislation, Enrollment Trends, Fees, Instructional Student Costs, Paying for College, Self Supporting Students, Student Characteristics, Student Educational Objectives, Tuition, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Los Rios Community Coll. District, Sacramento, CA. Office of Planning and Research.
Identifiers - Location: California