ERIC Number: ED369455
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr-15
Reference Count: N/A
Student Intentions: 'Why They Say They Come and Why They Say They Go...Preliminary Report.
Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community Coll. District, El Cajon, CA. Office of Institutional Research and Planning.
A study was conducted to assist the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District in determining the reasons that students had for choosing to attend or that forced them to leave Grossmont College (GC) or Cuyamaca College (CC), in El Cajon, California. An open-ended questionnaire was developed to provide the college administration with the broadest view of students' perceptions and intentions. Approximately 350 surveys were distributed to GC and CC students in three cohorts based on course taking patterns: Basic Skills, Transfer, and Vocational. Results of the study, based upon 230 responses from GC students and 114 from CC students, indicated the following: (1) for all students the most commonly cited reason for attending their college was convenience of location; (2) for the three cohorts at GC, price was the second most common reason for attending, while at CC price was the second most common for transfer students and small class size was the second most common among vocational and basic skills students; (3) for all students, fee increases/financial burdens was the most common reason for not continuing, lack of course availability was second, and scheduling problems was third; and (4) at GC, the quality of instructors and the reputation of the college were also often mentioned by students, while at CC the small size of the campus and classes was often mentioned. Data tables are included. (MAB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community Coll. District, El Cajon, CA. Office of Institutional Research and Planning.