ERIC Number: ED430641
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Welfare Enrollments in Washington Community and Technical Colleges: Fall Quarter 1997. Research Report No. 98-3.
Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, Olympia. Education Div.
This report focuses on adults on public assistance who enrolled in community and technical colleges (Washington) in the fall quarter 1997. Comparisons are made to adult recipients of public assistance enrolled in community and technical colleges in the fall quarter 1996. Major findings are as follows: (1) the enrollment of welfare recipients fell 23% from 15,310 in fall 1996 to 11,861 in fall 1997, largely due to the decrease in the number of adult welfare recipients; (2) the percentage of students on public assistance who were new to college fell slightly from 22% in fall 1996 to 21% in fall 1997; (3) consistent with anticipated policy changes, fewer new students planned to pursue a degree; (4) the percent of course effort put into vocational programs increased from 43% in fall 1996 to 46% a year later, while the percent of effort in the basic skills area fell from 27% to 25%; and (5) as the number of adult recipients continues to decline, it is apparent that the needs of working poor students not on assistance will require more consideration. Specific details, and corresponding charts, are provided for welfare enrollment, projected number of adult welfare recipients for the state, characteristics of welfare students enrolled, college attendance figures for this group, and percent of course effort by intent (vocational, developmental studies, basic skills, and academic courses). (AS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, Olympia. Education Div.