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ERIC Number: ED410879
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-May
Pages: 21
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Demographic Profiles: Segmenting Student Intent at the Community College. AIR 1997 Annual Forum Paper.
Voorhees, Richard A.; Zhou, Deying
This Colorado statewide survey of student intentions was administered to 3,219 community college students in April 1996. The survey collected data on perceptions of goal attainment and compared shifts in intentions of students attending inner city, suburban and rural community colleges. Most respondents (79.2 percent) reported no change in their original intentions for attendance, suggesting more permanence in the goals of community college students than expected. Most students (73.6 percent) reported only one change in their original intentions. Both academic-oriented and career-oriented students who changed their intentions shifted to less-defined intentions. Career-oriented students also appeared to shift to more academic goals. Demographic, academic status, and institutional type variables were tested for significant associations with perceptions of goal attainment and shifts in intention. Cumulative credit hours completed was significant for both goal attainment and intention shifts. The findings suggest that as the number of credits completed increase, the number of intention shifts increase and perceptions of goal attainment decline. Together, these associations may provide modest evidence of the role community colleges play in assisting students to redefine and realize their goals. (Author/DM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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