ERIC Number: ED369473
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-May-2
Reference Count: N/A
Survey Report, 1992-93 Non-Returning Students.
In February 1994, a study was conducted at Macomb Community College (MCC), in Warren, Michigan, to determine the reasons that students failed to return to MCC. A computer-generated random sample of 1,585 names was drawn from a population of more than 13,000 students identified as non-returning students (NRS's), i.e., who had not enrolled in any course in any term of the subsequent year and had not earned a formal award from MCC. Questionnaires were mailed to the last known address of the sample population and completed forms were received from 545 former students. Study findings, based on survey responses and comparisons to previous NRS studies, included the following: (1) respondents represented more than 100 programs from every academic division of MCC, a 10% increase over the previous year's sample; (2) objectives in attending MCC have indicated a steady shift from job-related to transfer over the past five years; (3) 18% of the respondents indicated that their objectives had been fully completed, while 67% indicated that they had been partially completed; (4) 68% of the respondents indicated that they planned to continue working toward their objectives; and (5) for the past 5 years' studies, the major reasons for not returning to MCC have been work/school hours conflict (19% of the responses), financial problems (16%), transfer to another college (14%), and personal/family reasons other than illness or injury (13%). The survey instrument and cover letter are included. (MAB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Macomb Community Coll., Warren, MI. Dept. of Research and Evaluation.