ERIC Number: ED452908
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Mar
Educational Goal Attainment: A One-Year Follow-Up Study of Nonreturning JCCC Students.
Conklin, Karen A.
Each year since 1989, Johnson County Community College (JCCC) (Kansas) has conducted studies on student leavers-- students who have left the community college without graduating, who transferred to other institutions, or who have gained skills through career programs. The most recent study was conducted through mailings to students, of which 699 were returned (16%). Major findings show that 56% of students enrolled at JCCC for job-related reasons, 27% enrolled to transfer to another institution, and 14% enrolled to study topics of interest. Over 70% of students stated that JCCC attendance helped with critical thinking and problem-solving skills, as well as self-confidence. Many students also commented on an improvement in oral and written communication skills. Nine out of ten students said that they would attend JCCC again, and overall satisfaction rates were high. Forty-six percent of students left JCCC because they completed the necessary coursework required of them. Other reasons for leaving were financial difficulty, personal problems, or moving out of the area. Thirty-five percent of respondents had already earned a postsecondary degree, and more than 95% of JCCC students reported grades of a C or above. Appendices contain tables and charts presenting the detailed findings, and the survey instrument and cover letters. (CJW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Johnson County Community Coll., Overland Park, KS. Office of Institutional Research.