ERIC Number: ED457211
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Aug-9
Usefulness of the College Student Inventory as a Needs Assessment Tool in Community Colleges.
Basham, Vicki; Lunenburg, Fred C.
This study assessed the usefulness of the College Student Inventory (CSI) (M. Strait, 1988) as a needs assessment tool in community colleges by determining which, if any, of the 19 scales of the CSI distinguish enrollment status and academic success in students attending community colleges. A total sample of 1,368 students at 8 community colleges completed the CSI. Significant differences were found for: (1) 2 of the 19 scales; (2) persisters and nonpersisters on the Academic Assistance scale; and (3) academically successful students and academically unsuccessful students on the Career Counseling scale. These two scales contribute to the CSI general category, Receptivity to Support Services, and may help identify students at risk of leaving college. The paper also discusses the implications of these findings for the development of practices that make retention an outcome rather than a goal. (Contains 27 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration (Houston, TX, August 9, 2001).