ERIC Number: EJ725594
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep-1
Reference Count: 16
A Profile of Contemporary Community College Student Involvement, Technology Use, and Reliance on Selected College Life Skills
Miller, Michael T.; Pope, Myron L.; Steinmann, Thomas D.
College Student Journal, v39 n3 p596 Sep 2005
Community college student characteristics are changing as an increasing number of traditional college students enroll in community colleges with the sole intention of transferring. This trend can place stress on a college, and perhaps the most effective way to manage this change is to study and understand who current students are. The current study is a beginning to the idea of profiling the student population, and is really intended to open a broader discussion about student practices and needs. Data for the current study are collected using a study-specific, literature-referenced survey instrument. The instrument is developed referencing current studies and literature on community college students and college students in general, and is pilot tested and validated at comprehensive urban community college in the western United States. Overall, the study findings are an excellent departure point for the professional conversation about the changing mission of community colleges and how they can build an infrastructure and culture that mirrors that mission. The study also points in the direction of further research on community college students, particularly holistic research that better defines who these learners are and what they expect out of higher learning. Similarly, much of the work that has been done on involvement with four-year college students has justification for replication in the two-year college setting, and should be undertaken and shared with the new generation of college leaders arriving on campus.
Descriptors: Student Characteristics, Community Colleges, College Students, Profiles, Student Surveys, Student Needs, Educational Trends, Educational Objectives
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
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