ERIC Number: ED374841
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Student Reactions to Class Cuts and Fee Increases: Results of a Student Opinion Survey. Research Report.
Evans, John W.
As part of an effort to stem an unexpected decline in full-time equivalent students (FTES), San Joaquin Delta College, in California, surveyed students to determine their reasons for taking fewer courses and assess their likely reaction to fee increases scheduled for spring 1993. In fall 1993, 2,329 surveys were distributed to students in morning and evening classes, resulting in 1,676 usable surveys. Survey findings included the following: (1) approximately 40% of the students reported that they were unable to enroll in all the classes they wanted in the current semester, while 68% of these students reported full classes as the main barrier; (2) one-third said they would have to cut back on the number of classes, and 12% said they might have to drop out of school, as the result of planned fee increases; (3) for the 4% of the students who already had a bachelor's degree, and thus were subject to higher fee increases, 38% indicated that they would be forced to leave the college; (4) the total FTE loss was estimated at 1,583 FTES; and (5) students receiving financial aid were less likely to be impacted than the general population. An analysis conducted subsequent to the spring 1993 fee increases indicated that students did not drop out at the rates suggested by their survey responses and that drop-outs were compensated by new student entries which actually increased FTE rates over the previous spring. The survey instrument is included. (KP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: San Joaquin Delta Community Coll. District, Stockton, CA. Office of Institutional Research and Planning.