ERIC Number: ED489102
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Aug
The Characteristics of Occupational Students in Postsecondary Education. CCRC Brief Number 21
Bailey, Thomas; Leinbach, Timothy; Scott, Marc; Alfonso, Mariana; Kienzl, Gregory; Kennedy, Benjamin
Community College Research Center, Columbia University
This Brief presents a profile of the enrollment, demographic, and educational characteristics, and the educational goals, of community college students in occupational programs. It compares their features with those of community college students in academic programs and with baccalaureate students. This analysis further considers the distinct features of occupational students enrolled in certificate degree programs. The Brief stands alone as a comparative description of these students, but also provides important background material for CCRC?s companion Briefs on postsecondary occupational students, Educational Outcomes of Postsecondary Occupational Students and Who Benefits from Postsecondary Occupational Education? Findings from the 1980s and 1990s. The purpose of this profile of occupational students is to identify and highlight the distinctive enrollment and demographic characteristics of these students and to contrast them with other--and more widely studied--students in postsecondary education. The Brief concludes with policy recommendations that could promote beneficial educational outcomes for postsecondary occupational students. (Contains 3 figures)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Vocational Education, Postsecondary Education, College Students, Student Characteristics, Enrollment Trends, Socioeconomic Status, Educational Background, Student Educational Objectives, Comparative Analysis
Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University, 525 West 120th Street, P.O. Box 174, New York, NY 10027. Tel: 212-678-3091; Web site: http://www.tc.columbia.edu/ccrc.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. Community Coll. Research Center.