ERIC Number: ED156263
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Mar
Reference Count: 0
A Needs Assessment and Aptitude Study for Long-Range Planning--Arizona College of Technology.
Schultz, Raymond E.; And Others
This needs assessment study obtained data from several groups of Pinal County residents to aid the Board and administrators of the Arizona College of Technology (ACT) in meeting the educational needs of county residents. Survey instruments were designed and distributed among high school students, current and former ACT students, local residents and employers, and ACT faculty, staff, and advisory committee members. Information was collected on high school students' educational plans; interest in ACT courses and programs; the image of ACT; evaluations of ACT experiences, facilities, and programs; occupational and educational interests; local employment needs; and college effectiveness in the community. Of high school students (1,482 from four area schools), over 50% planned to attend college; ACT ranked as first choice among juniors and seniors; while over 30% perceived ACT as a "friendly place", nearly 40% knew nothing about the college. Over 70% of current and 80% of former students were satisfied with ACT experiences. Of residents (3l5), approximately 66% expressed interest in attending the college; 60% reported employment skills they wanted to develop or improve. Major employers (four mines) felt existing ACT programs corresponded to their personnel requirements in several areas. Recommendations based on study findings are discussed. (TR)
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, College Curriculum, College Planning, College Role, Community Attitudes, Community Colleges, Employer Attitudes, High School Students, Institutional Research, Needs Assessment, Participant Satisfaction, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, School Business Relationship, Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education, Vocational Schools
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Arizona Univ., Tucson. Coll. of Education.