ERIC Number: ED400878
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Perceived Academic and Social Gains: Quality Efforts by Students. A Student Retention Perspective.
Mohammadi, Aghajan; And Others
As part of an effort to determine causes for student attrition, Virginia's Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) conducted a study of 327 students in credit English courses in fall 1993. Students were administered a modified version of the Community College Student Experiences Questionnaire, which included 16 additional questions developed by college faculty, administrators, and staff. The questionnaire focused on the effort made by students in their education and sought information related to student characteristics, courses taken, motivations for attending PHCC, the extent that they utilized academic and social services, impressions of the college, and the progress that they felt they had made toward goals. Study findings, based on 259 completed surveys, included the following: (1) 41% of respondents were 19 or younger, 62% were female, and 82% were white; (2) 80% were working at least part-time; (3) 60% cited preparing for transfer as their most important reason for attending PHCC; (4) 21% indicated that they had made "very much" improvement writing clearly and effectively; (5) when asked if they would attend PHCC if they were starting college again, 77% responded "yes" and 17% "maybe"; and (6) students quality of effort was determined to be highest for course learning, receiving a mean score of 25, and writing, receiving a mean of 22. The survey instrument and 28 tables of responses are appended. (HAA)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Patrick Henry Community Coll., Martinsville, VA. Office of Institutional Planning, Research, and Evaluation.