ERIC Number: ED364303
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Student Characteristics as Compared to the Community Profile of Fall 1992. Volume XXII, No. 8.
Meltesen, Cal; Lucas, J. A.
A study was conducted at William Rainey Harper College (WRHC) in Palatine, Illinois, to develop a profile of fall 1992 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 3.3% of the DCS population, and 300 non-degree credit students (NCS's), representing 2.5% of the NCS population, were surveyed. Based on responses from 382 (76%) 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 42 years old; (3) about 43% of DCS's entered WRHC with some college coursework; (4) among NCS's, almost three-fourths entered with some college coursework and just under a half had a bachelor's degree or more; (5) 60% of the DCS's worked full-time, earning an average of $35,217 annually, while three-fourths of NCS's worked full-time earning an average of $50,178 annually; (6) for DCS's, 47% of their educational costs were covered by their own money, while NCS's paid for 73% of their college costs; and (7) 35.6% of the DCS's stated that they had enrolled in WRHC for a baccalaureate oriented program, while 74.1% of the NCS's enrolled for general interest courses. (BCY)
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.