ERIC Number: ED156237
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
An Analysis of WCC's Community Needs Survey. Office of Institutional Research Report #78-3.
Lauth, Laurence V.; Zabek, Robert J.
A community needs survey was conducted of Wytheville Community College's five-county, one-city service area, to determine what area residents know about the college and the various community services it provides. In early December 1977, phone calls to randomly selected prospective participants were made to solicit their participation in the survey; 762 agreed, and 584 (76.64%) ultimately returned questionnaires. Several spot checks were made to verify the validity and reliability of the results. Information was collected on place of residence, age, sex, educational level attained, profession, college information source, familiarity with the college, attendance at the college, reasons for attending or not, tuition rating, yearly family income, and awareness of and participation in specific college programs and services. All data were classified and presented by respondents' counties of residence. Although participants manifested overall familiarity with the college, survey results pointed out several factors for consideration by the college staff. These included expanding regional site offerings and services, extending evening and weekend services, establishing a child care center on campus, making services more available to economically and/or educationally disadvantaged residents, and raising the level of awareness of college extracurricular services. (TR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wytheville Community Coll., VA.