ERIC Number: ED165689
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Perspectives on Postsecondary Education: Alabama Citizens Survey '77.
Owings, Thomas G.
A random sample of adults in Alabama were surveyed in 1977 to determine their opinions and attitudes about postsecondary education. A 51-item questionnaire was designed to reflect public feeling about several areas of postsecondary education, including finance; governance; faculty; teaching, research, and service functions; and admissions and enrollment practices. Demographic data about the respondents were also collected. The sample of 1,259 adults, ages 16 and over, was representative of 82.4 percent of Alabama's total population in that age range; 655 completed questionnaires were analyzed. Respondents expressed a very favorable opinion of higher education in the state, believed higher education is important for themselves and their children, and the majority stated a willingness to pay more taxes to improve the quality of education in Alabama. More than 46 percent of the public are unsure about how well colleges and universities use the money they receive from the state. An overview of related literature, a description of the survey procedure, a sample questionnaire, and the implications of the findings for higher education in the state are presented. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alabama Univ., University. Inst. of Higher Education Research and Services.