ERIC Number: ED356847
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Goals, Background, and College Evaluations of the Quarter-Time Student Who Enrolls for One Quarter Only at Minnesota's Twin City Area Community Colleges. Metro Pilot Study Report #4.
Taylor, Kenneth E.; Flermoen, Cynthia
In fall 1992, a survey was conducted of two subgroups of students who had enrolled for less than six credits in one of the seven community colleges in the Twin Cities metro area of Minnesota during fall quarter 1990, and who had not re-enrolled as of fall quarter 1992. The two subgroups surveyed included those classified as "completers" (completing at least 60% of their credits with a grade point average of at least 2.00), and those identified as "noncompleters" (not completing any courses). Students were surveyed on their goals, backgrounds, and reactions to the college experience. Usable responses were received from 62% of the 1,229 completers surveyed, and 77% of the 648 noncompleters. Study findings included the following: (1) updating job skills was the reason most frequently cited by both completers (36%) and noncompleters (31%) for attending college; (2) about one quarter of all respondents planned on transferring their credits to a four-year institution; (3) 87% of the respondents were employed, of whom 11% were also enrolled in a postsecondary institution; (4) completers were more likely than noncompleters to be employed and continuing their education; (5) completers were more likely to be employed in professional and marketing/sales jobs, while noncompleters were more likely to be in production or construction jobs; (6) two-thirds of noncompleters attributed their lack of completion to job conflicts or personal problems; and (7) over 90% of completers rated the quality of instruction as good or excellent. Data tables and the survey instrument are included. (PAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Hennepin Community Coll., Minneapolis, Minn.
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota