ERIC Number: ED402960
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Community College Student Experiences Report: Perspectives of the 1995 Graduating Class, Blue Ridge Community College.
Stewart, Donna L.
For the past 6 years, Virginia's Blue Ridge Community College (BRCC) has distributed the Community College Student Experiences Questionnaire (CCSEQ) to graduating students to determine their perceptions of the college environment and their experiences. For the graduating class of 1995, 255 questionnaires were distributed, resulting in usable response from 44% (n=114) of the graduates. An analysis of responses revealed the following: (1) 37% of respondents were between 28 and 39 years old, 80% were female, 99% were White, and 3% did not claim English as their native language; (2) 45% cited obtaining skills for a new job as the most important reason for attending, down by five percentage points since 1990; (3) 50% indicated that they had taken more than one science class, up from 44% in 1994; (4) respondents indicated a decrease from previous years in the frequency of interaction with instructors, with interactions described as occasional; (5) the areas in which respondents felt that they made the most gains included acquiring skills for a specific job, developing the ability to learn independently, and understanding their own abilities and interests; and (6) student satisfaction with courses and the college has been declining since 1990, with 17% in 1990 and only 11% in 1995 indicating that the college was stimulating and exciting all of the time. (AJL)
Descriptors: College Outcomes Assessment, Community Colleges, Graduate Surveys, Participant Satisfaction, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Student Educational Objectives, Student Participation, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
World Wide Web: http://www.br.cc.va.us/vcca/br-exp.html
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Blue Ridge Community Coll., Weyers Cave, VA. Office of Institutional Research.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Community College Student Experiences Questionnaire