ERIC Number: ED176709
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Arkansas Attitudes on Higher Education: Results of a Survey of Arkansas Citizens.
Moore, Beadle; And Others
A random sample of 600 telephone subscribers was surveyed to determine Arkansas citizen attitude on higher education. Sections of this report present general findings on public attitudes, attitudes on higher education, and demographic and geographic variations in response. Findings reveal that Arkansans seemed convinced generally that colleges and universities in the state are doing a good job. The need for more money; problems with drugs, morals, sex, and alcohol; and the existence of poor or unqualified teachers were listed (in descending order) as the greatest problems facing colleges today. Respondents felt that universities should be involved in providing practical experience to students, educating those over 21 who had not been to college, engaging in practical research, and providing remedial education. Other findings showed that 90 percent of the respondents wanted more career emphasis in the college curriculum. Residents seemed to feel that college is a necessity and should be available to every high school graduate in the state. Many respondents, especially Blacks and women, felt that current tuition levels were too high. The majority of respondents indicated they were willing to pay higher taxes in order to improve the quality of the system and expand opportunity. The survey instrument is appended. (Author/PHR)
Descriptors: Blacks, Career Education, College Admission, College Role, College Students, Educational Attitudes, Educational Problems, Females, Higher Education, Majority Attitudes, Public Opinion, Questionnaires, Research, State Aid, State Surveys, Statistical Data, Surveys, Tuition, Universities
University of Arkansas, Center for Urban and Governmental Affairs, Little Rock, AR 72204
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: George W. Donaghey Foundation, Little Rock, AR.
Authoring Institution: Arkansas Univ., Little Rock. Center for Urban and Governmental Affairs.