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ERIC Number: ED364303
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Dec
Pages: 33
Abstractor: N/A
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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)
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.