ERIC Number: ED401965
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Retention/New Student Survey--Spring 1995. Parts 1 and 2.
Moraine Valley Community College., Palos Hills, IL. Office of Institutional Research.
In spring 1995, Illinois' Moraine Valley Community College (MVCC) conducted a two-part survey of a random sample of 800 new students to determine their activities, satisfaction with college services, problems at the college, and sources of help. In addition, variables associated with the student retention and attrition through 1995-96 were identified. Study findings, based on usable responses from 288 students, included the following: (1) respondents were 62% female and 89% White, while 78% indicated that they planned to transfer; (2) the most frequent activities at MVCC cited by students were participating in class discussions, socializing with other students, and writing term or research papers; (3) the most commonly cited difficulties at the college were finding self-discipline to study, problems with mathematics, and financial difficulties; (4) 73% of the respondents preferred to work out their problems by themselves, with only 22% indicating that they had talked to a counselor or instructor; (5) the spring-to-fall retention rate for survey respondents was 76%, compared to 63% for non-respondents; and (6) variables found to be significantly related to retention included plans to re-enroll at MVCC, hours employed, credit hours attempted, the use of the library, student age, and difficulties in attending class. A list of characteristics not significantly related to retention is appended. (AJL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Moraine Valley Community College., Palos Hills, IL. Office of Institutional Research.