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ERIC Number: EJ1001037
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
ISSN: ISSN-1541-0935
Community College v. Proprietary School Outcomes: Student Satisfaction among Minority Males
Wood, J. Luke; Vasquez Urias, Marissa C.
Community College Enterprise, v18 n2 p83-100 Fall 2012
There are numerous differences and similarities between community colleges and proprietary schools. Demographically, both institutional types serve high proportions of low-income and students of color. This study examines minority male (including African American, Hispanic, and Native American) satisfaction outcomes between institutional types. Specifically, this research investigates students' satisfaction with their educational experiences, six years after enrolling in community colleges in comparison to those who enrolled in proprietary schools. Satisfaction levels are significantly higher for minority male community college attendees as opposed to those who attended proprietary institutions. Specifically, minority male students who attended community colleges had greater satisfaction with their major or course of study, quality of their education, and the cost-effectiveness of their educational pursuits. In many respects, the distinctions between community colleges and proprietary schools are few. Proprietary schools (also referred to as career colleges and for-profit colleges) feature an array of vocational, technical, and business programming, as well as provide opportunities to complete general education courses (Hittman, 1995). Similarly, given that the mission of community colleges is to provide comprehensive educational programming, students have the option of choosing from a multitude of academic offerings, including terminal degrees (certificates, associates), vocational-technical education, and continuing education (e.g., job skills training) (Nevarez & Wood, 2010; Tillery & Deegan, 1985; Vaughan, 2006). (Contains 4 tables and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study