Date of Award:

1-1-1978

Document Type:

Thesis

Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)

Department:

Family, Consumer, and Human Development

Advisor/Chair:

C. Jay Skidmore

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate the possible differences in needs and educational goals of community college students based on their sex, age , and marital status, particularly between older women students and other student. groups . Information was gathered from the college application forms of all day students enrolled in any class during the fall of 1976 at Southwestern Community College . The total number was 6,854, 51% were men, with a mean age of 27.9 ; and 49% were women with a mean age of 25.2. Thirty-one percent were married.

The specific questions under study were:

l. Would there be a difference in the stated need sand educational goals of women students compared to those of men students?

2. Would there be a difference in the stated needs and educational goals of older students compared to those of younger students?

3. Would there be a difference in the stated needs and educational goals of married students compared to those of single students?

The major findings of the study included:

1. Career counseling was requested somewhat more frequently by women S·tHdents (40. 7%) than men students (36.2%). When controlled f or marital status and age, greater differences were found. For example, 47.1% of single women under 25 requested career counseling compared to 26 .1% of older married men.

2 . Transfer counsel i ng was .requested more frequently by men students (31.2%) than by women students (24.4%) . The most striking difference was between single young men students (36.9%) and married young women (14.7%).

3. Forty-two percent of men students planned to transfer and earn a Bachelor of Arts degree compared to 28% of women students .

4 . Younger and sing l e students set their goals at more demanding and time-consuming courses of study than older or married students . Women were generally over represented in the shorter, less demanding majors.

Share

COinS