ERIC Number: ED410889
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-May-21
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Graduates Who Never Planned To Graduate: A Community College's Impact on Student Aspirations. AIR 1997 Annual Forum Paper.
Widlak, Prudence A.
This study used the Tinto Model to examine characteristics of community college students without initial plans to graduate, but who did eventually receive an Associate's degree from the institution. In 1991, a large midwestern community college began asking enrollees whether they planned to graduate. By 1994, sizable numbers of graduates had responded, with surprising results: over one-third of graduates had not initially planned to complete an Associate degree. Data from existing student records for 2,650 Associate Degree recipients in fiscal year 1994-95 were examined for differences between graduates who initially did not intend to graduate and graduates who had originally intended to graduate. Matriculation experiences, including completing the initial math course during the first year of study, increased the odds of being in the group that changed aspirations when effects of age, level of math course, and transfer plans were controlled. Characteristics of the students most likely to change their intention and graduate included: younger age, no plans to transfer, completion of math requirements in the first year, and no enrollment in algebra prep or remedial math. Five tables and six figures detail the study's findings. (Contains 10 references.) (Author/LEE)
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, Academic Persistence, Associate Degrees, Course Selection (Students), Degrees (Academic), Goal Orientation, Graduation, Mathematical Aptitude, School Demography, School Holding Power, Student Attitudes, Student Motivation, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Withdrawal (Education)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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