ERIC Number: ED376889
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Student Educational Goals.
In an effort to inform program assessment efforts and provide more accurate indicators of student outcomes, Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC), in Pennsylvania, conducted a study of student educational objectives. Responses to questions related to goals on the college registration form were analyzed for 9,927 students enrolling in spring 1994 and data were compiled for the sample regarding gender, race, age, campus, degree status, major, and credits taken. Study findings included the following: (1) 55.1% of the sample indicated they wanted to complete courses to earn a degree, 31% to transfer without earning a degree, 6% to upgrade their job skills, 4% to obtain skills to get or change jobs, and 4% were enrolled for personal interest only; (2) female, African-American, and older students were more likely to be enrolled for a degree; (3) part-time students enrolled in fewer than 12 credits were as likely as full-time students to declare a degree as their major objective, but were less likely to want to transfer credits; (4) 15% of the students seeking a degree expected to achieve their goal the same semester, compared to 30% seeking to transfer credits and 40% taking classes for personal interest; and (5) recommendations for improving assessment and other student services include basing student success on internal student goals, emphasizing services for degree students, encouraging transfer students to send back credits from four-year schools to complete their two-year college degrees, and integrating student goals into future student tracking systems at the college. (KP)
Descriptors: Associate Degrees, College Outcomes Assessment, College Transfer Students, Community Colleges, Full Time Students, Part Time Students, Predictor Variables, Program Improvement, Student Characteristics, Student Educational Objectives, Success, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Harrisburg Area Community Coll., PA. Office of Institutional Research.