ERIC Number: ED439755
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Non-Matriculant Survey Report, 1998.
Cunningham, Stephen; Fickes, Patricia
This report presents results of the fall 1998 Non-Matriculant Survey, conducted every two to three years, to analyze the matriculation process and determine the factors associated with non-matriculation at the Pennsylvania College of Technology. Major findings include: (1) the College matriculation rate has leveled off at 57% since the mid-1990s; (2) matriculation rates are significantly lower for minorities, low-income parents, those awarded relatively less financial aid, and those testing triple deficient or reading deficient; (3) matriculation rates are significantly higher for traditional-aged students and local applicants; (4) matriculation rates are significantly lower for students who apply to other colleges, and those placed into pre-program status, as opposed to those accepted directly into their desired program; (5) reasons for not matriculating fall into three categories: choosing another college, postponing college plans, and having financial problems; (6) factors highly correlated with choosing another college are distance from home and impressions from campus visits; (7) factors highly correlated with postponing college are satisfactory employment, uncertain career goals, and personal or family obligations; (8) of those choosing another college, the greatest number (12%) stay within the Penn State family; and (9) traditional-aged students expressed relatively greater financial concerns and dissatisfaction with Financial Aid services. Twelve tables summarize the data, and 2 appendices presenting the surveys' cover letter and questionnaire are included. (VWC)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania Coll. of Technology, Williamsport. Office of Strategic Planning and Research.