ERIC Number: ED357807
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Howard Community College Enrollment by Census Tract, Fall 1991. Research Report Number 81.
Heacock, Ronald C.; Jenkins, Jacqueline L.
A study was conducted of students enrolled in fall 1991 at Howard Community College (HCC) in Columbia, Maryland, by matching student addresses to one of 29 populated census tracks in Howard County. The study sought to understand what part of Howard County students were coming from; whether HCC was serving more remote areas of the county; and differences in residence patterns for part- and full-time students, and day and evening students. To determine HCC's penetration rate into each tract, the study examined the relationship between HCC's 1991 enrollment from each tract and each tract's total 1990 census population. Of the 4,883 HCC students enrolled in fall 1991, 592 student addresses were unmatched and were not assigned to a census tract. Study findings included the following: (1) for the county as a whole, the average tract enrollment at HCC was 2.29% of the tract population; (2) 18 of the 29 tracts fell below the 2.29% average; (3) there was a definite concentration of enrollees living in tracts nearest the college, while the tracts with low percentage enrollment were bordering on other counties; (4) on average, students were enrolled for 6.98 credits; (5) no particular distribution pattern emerged for mean credits earned by tract, although outer tracts, particularly in the west and south, had higher means for day credit enrollments; and (6) the highest concentrations of part-time enrollment were from areas closest to the college. Maps and data tables are included. (PAA)
Descriptors: Census Figures, Community Characteristics, Community Colleges, Community Size, Comparative Analysis, Credit Courses, Demography, Enrollment, Enrollment Influences, Enrollment Trends, Full Time Students, Part Time Students, Student Characteristics, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
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Authoring Institution: Howard Community Coll., Columbia, MD. Office of Research and Planning.