ERIC Number: ED445734
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
General Studies Majors at Salt Lake Community College: A Secondary Analysis of the Fall 1999 New Student Survey.
This fall 1999 survey of new Salt Lake Community College (SLCC, Utah) students compared the clarity of career and educational goals expressed by General Studies majors with other students, and considered implications with respect to student success. General Studies majors, representing 35% of the student population, include students with undeclared majors as well as students seeking to transfer from a general composite education program. Surveys were mailed to 5,196 new students, 1,339 of whom responded for a response rate of 25.8 percent. Due to the voluntary, non-random nature of the sample, the following observations were tentative: (1) over one-third (38%) of General Studies majors had goals similar to other specific majors at SLCC (suggesting 2,250 students could conceivably be majors in other specific SLCC academic programs); and (2) while the majority (66%) of General Studies majors stated that they had a career or job goal, 76% identified themselves as undecided about their major. Citing research indicating that indecision about one's major field of study and future career plans can have a negative effect on student success, the report argued that this large undecided student population was most in need of assistance by faculty and student services. The document concluded with recommendations for student tracking, academic advising, and career counseling. (Contains 14 references.) (PGS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Salt Lake Community Coll., UT.