ERIC Number: ED364284
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Student Characteristics as Compared to the Community Profile of Fall 1991. Volume XXI, No. 1.
Meltesen, Cal; Lucas, J. A.
A study was conducted at William Rainey Harper College (WRHC) in Palatine, Illinois, to develop a profile of fall 1991 students, compare student and community demographic data, and determine the percentage of various community sub-groups served by the college. A random sample of 500 degree credit students (DCS's), representing 3.2% of the DCS population, and 300 non-degree credit students (NCS's), representing 3.2% of the NCS population, were surveyed. Based on responses from 377 (75%) of the DCS's and 225 (75%) of the NCS's and an analysis of 1990 census data, study findings included the following: (1) the average age of male DCS's was younger than that of female DCS's; (2) the average age of NCS's was 40 years old; (3) about 40% of DCS's enter WRHC with some college coursework; (4) among NCS's, three-fourths enter with some college coursework and more than a third have a bachelor's degree or more; (5) over half of DCS's work full-time, earning an average of $37,354 annually, while three-fourths of NCS's work full-time, earning an average of $50,974 annually; (6) slightly less than half of DCS's are paying for their own education, while 80% of NCS's indicated that they pay for their own education; (7) 18% of the degree-credit students were receiving employer contributions for their education; and (8) one-third of the DCS's stated that they had enrolled in WRHC for a baccalaureate oriented program, while about three-fourths of the NCS's enrolled for general interest courses. (MAB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, College Credits, Community Colleges, Comparative Analysis, Continuing Education, Credit Courses, Enrollment Influences, Noncredit Courses, Paying for College, Questionnaires, School Surveys, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Student Educational Objectives, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: William Rainey Harper Coll., Palatine, IL. Office of Planning and Research.