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ERIC Number: ED186084
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Women's Needs Assessment.
Utilizing the responses of 385 women to a district-wide community needs assessment conducted in March 1980, as well as information gathered from personal interviews with 400 women students, Santa Ana College (SAC) conducted a project to increase the awareness among women of SAC's programs and services and to determine: (1) women's degree of familiarity with SAC, (2) their degree of satisfaction with the college and its services, (3) their educational needs and desires with regard to scheduling and specific courses and programs, and (4) the problems related to class withdrawal. Survey data, augmented by information from student records and the results of a statewide longitudinal study, indicated that women students were more likely to be under 30 years of age, non-white, and have a lower annual income than community women. While 95% of the community members had heard of SAC, and 77% felt that the college was doing a good job, 71.1% had never taken a class at SAC. SAC students were familiar with most of the college's student services, and 83% also rated SAC as "good." All services, except financial aid, were evaluated favorably by most of those who had used them. With regard to scheduling preferences, community residents favored morning or evening classes in three-hour time blocks. Respondents in both groups, as well as their male counterparts, cited employment conflicts as the greatest obstacle to college attendance. (JP)
Descriptors: American Indians, Asian Americans, Black Students, Community Attitudes, Community Colleges, Community Surveys, Comparative Analysis, Educational Attitudes, Educational Background, Educational Needs, Females, Hispanic Americans, Individual Characteristics, Marital Status, Needs Assessment, Participant Satisfaction, Public Relations, Questionnaires, Scheduling, School Community Relationship, School Surveys, Student Attitudes, Student Attrition, Student Characteristics, Student Educational Objectives, Student Personnel Services, Student Problems, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, White Students, Womens Education, Womens Studies
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Santa Ana Coll., CA.
Note: One interview guide will not reproduce clearly because of small print size.