ERIC Number: ED382786
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
Assessing Adult Motivation To Disengage a Community College's Multi-Step Admissions Process.
Kiger, Derick M.
Adults who had completed at least a portion of a large suburban community college's multistep admissions process were surveyed during the 1994 academic year to identify what motivated them to engage the institution (defined as persisting through the steps of the admissions process). Of 291 adult participants, 93 voluntarily disengaged the admissions process, and 198 engaged and matriculated. Each group of adult learners was administered a survey designed to assess their motivation to engage the community college and another designed to identify factors they considered a threat to their matriculating persistence. The factors ranked most highly as primary motivation centered around career development issues, such as preparation for a new occupation and increasing earning potential. The variety of degree and certificate opportunities was also cited as a reason to engage the community college. The adults identified the following motivating factors that may have threatened their persistence to complete the multistep admissions process: cost of tuition, inaccessibility of financial aid, and fear of taking tests. The results of a one-way analysis of variance showed several statistically significant differences between matriculators and disengagers. Results suggested that adults not primarily motivated by career development factors most likely disengaged from the admissions process because of their perception of cost, inaccessibility of financial aid, and anxiety about taking tests. (Contains 19 references, 4 tables, and survey instruments.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ohio Association for Adult and Continuing Education.
Authoring Institution: N/A