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ERIC Number: ED433887
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Salt Lake Community College Fall Semester 1998 New Student Follow-up Survey Report.
Cooney, Frank
This report presents the findings of a survey of students who enrolled for the first time at Salt Lake Community College (Utah) in the fall of 1998. New students included both freshmen and transfers, but excluded concurrently enrolled high school students, students who enrolled but dropped out, and those enrolled in short-term training programs. The report finds that the two most important educational goals for new students are transferring to a four-year university (42%), and obtaining a degree and immediately proceeding to work in that field (20%). The study also finds, however, that the goal and the reality are not always the same. The report presents these findings in a section entitled "Plans and Expectations Versus Statistical Realities." While 57% of all new students in 1998 planned to transfer to four-year institutions, statistics show that only 11% of full-time students who enrolled in the fall of 1995 have actually transferred. The survey asked respondents to evaluate their certainty of transfer plans in five categories ranging from "very likely" to "very unlikely." The paper suggests that the statistics may have been misinterpreted, and that perhaps those who responded "very likely" reflect the strongest degree of commitment and motivation. Differences were found between full-time and part-time low-load students in terms of aspirations, with the latter group expressing more interest in upgrading job skills and taking courses to get a job. The report also presents findings related to certainty of educational plans, availability to take classes, student employment, and concurrent enrollment. (Contains numerous tables and graphs.) (NB)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Salt Lake Community Coll., UT.