ERIC Number: ED402995
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Reasons for Attending HCCC: Results of Survey of Graduates of the Classes of 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993 and 1994. Special Report 95.04.
New Jersey's Hudson County Community College (HCCC) surveys all graduates 1 year after graduation to determine their objectives for enrolling at the college and the level that they achieved their objectives. Between 1990 and 1994, 219 graduates responded the surveys, of whom 208 answered the question regarding their initial objective for enrolling. Although responses varied between classes, overall 75% selected reasons related to a job or a career, including 40% who sought to prepare for a first career, 20% who to prepare for a career change, and 15% to improve job skills. Eighty-seven percent indicated that they had achieved their objective, but 10% indicated that they had not. Since students may change their goals during their studies, beginning in 1992 graduates were asked to state the most important reason that they had remained at HCCC through graduation. Of 123 respondents to this question, the reason selected most often was to complete courses for transfer credit (34%), followed by to improve job skills (20%), prepare for a first career (16%), and prepare for a career change (15%). Sixty-nine percent indicated that they had achieved this continuing objective and 14% indicated that they had not. Finally, of the 119 students who indicated both an initial reason for enrolling and a reason for continuing, 28 gave the same reasons, while 91 had changed their goals. (AJL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Hudson County Community Coll., Jersey City, NJ. Office of Planning and Institutional Research.