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ERIC Number: ED364284
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Sep
Pages: 31
Abstractor: N/A
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)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: William Rainey Harper Coll., Palatine, IL. Office of Planning and Research.