ERIC Number: ED180373
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Identifying Adult Educational Needs in a Rural Community.
Kayla, Carol; Hoey, James M.
Enrollment projections have indicated a large decline during the 1980's in the number of high school graduates, the traditional population enrolling in colleges and universities as freshmen. As competition for the available students increases it is suggested that smaller junior colleges like Potomac State College of West Virginia University may feel the effects hardest. To gain insight about ways to compensate for this probable loss of students, the Office of Institutional Research at West Virginia University conducted a study to identify the most effective ways of expanding Potomac State College to assess community needs in adult continuing education. A response rate of less than 10 percent was obtained from the rural counties surveyed. A majority of the returns were from residents between the ages of 20-49 who had one to four years of college education. Respondents expressed a desire for special interest classes and graduate level classes. It is concluded that there is an interest in attending Potomac State College by many area adult residents, but that they do not seem to be interested in what Potomac State College is presently offering. Recommendations made to the Dean of Potomac State College are included as well as survey materials and tabulated results. (Author/SF)
Descriptors: Adult Students, College Curriculum, Declining Enrollment, Educational Demand, Higher Education, Institutional Characteristics, Institutional Research, Nontraditional Students, Questionnaires, Retrenchment, Rural Areas, School Community Relationship, Small Colleges, State Colleges, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: West Virginia Univ., Morgantown.
Identifiers: Potomac State College VA
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Southern Association for Institutional Research (Orlando, FL, October 24-26, 1979)