ERIC Number: ED398953
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
ACT Entering Student Survey: Fall 1986, 1989, 1991, and 1995.
Every 4 years, Gainesville College, in Georgia, conducts a survey of entering students to determine their demographic characteristics and reasons for enrolling. In fall 1995, 275 first-time freshmen students were surveyed, representing 55% of the total number of first-time freshmen, while the results were compared to findings from the Higher Education Research Institute's American Freshmen Survey (AFS) for fall 1995. Study findings, based on responses from 65% of the freshmen students (n=179), included the following: (1) 86% were 21 years old or under, 62% were female, and 95% were white; (2) 55% expected to live in their parents' home, while 20% expected to live in their own home; (3) almost 90% indicated they would be enrolled on a full-time basis; (4) parents or relatives was the most commonly cited source of funding, cited by 33%; (5) 49% felt that they were fair, poor, or very poor at communicating orally, another 49% felt the same about their mathematical skills, as did 39% about their ability to communicate in writing; and (6) 93% felt that they had a good chance of earning a "B" average at the college. Comparisons to findings from the fall 1995 AFS study indicated that, nationwide, students' ratings of their high school preparation have declined and that financial concerns have continued to escalate, mirroring GC students' experience. A separate report on AFS findings is attached. Data tables are included. (HAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Gainesville Coll., GA. Office of Planning and Institutional Research.