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ERIC Number: ED382288
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Dec
Pages: 34
Abstractor: N/A
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Student Characteristics as Compared to the Community Profile of Fall 1993. Volume XXIII, No. 4.
Lucas, John A.; Meltesen, Cal
A study was conducted at William Rainey Harper College (WRHC) in Palatine, Illinois, to develop a profile of fall 1993 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 (representing 3.2% of the 15,518 students enrolled in fall 1993) and 300 non-degree students (representing 4% of the 7,436 students), were surveyed. Based on responses from 78% of the degree-credit students and 76% of the non-degree students, study findings included the following: (1) the average age of non-degree students was 39, while the average age of degree-credit students was 26; (2) slightly less than 30% of degree-credit students and none of the non-degree students attended WRHC full time; (3) 45% of the degree-credit students and 63% of the non-degree students entered with some college coursework; (4) 60% of the degree-credit students worked full time, earning an average salary of $37,537; (5) almost 80% of the non-degree students worked full time, and nearly 80% earned an average salary of $57,157; (6) slightly less than 50% of the degree-credit students were paying for their own education, and the average salary of parents supporting students was $65,378; and (7) most degree-credit students stated that they were persuaded to attend due to the proximity to campus, cost, and the availability of desired courses, while non-degree students were more influenced by the semester schedules sent by WRHC through the mail. The survey instrument is included. (KP)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: William Rainey Harper Coll., Palatine, IL. Office of Planning and Research.