ERIC Number: ED194152
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Oct
Reference Count: 0
A Survey of California Public Attitudes toward the California Community Colleges.
Field Research Corp., San Francisco, CA.
A statewide survey was commissioned by the California Community Colleges during Fall 1979 to assess public attitudes toward the colleges and to determine the need for vocational education among the California adult public. A stratified random sample of adult residents within each of California's seven community college regions was selected for a telephone survey. Complete and usable interviews were conducted with 3,190 adults, representing 16.8% of the original sample. During the interviews, information was solicited concerning: (1) the rate of community college attendance among the general public and the reasons people have for attending; (2) assessments of the importance of the tasks performed by the colleges and the effectiveness with which they perform those tasks; (3) evaluation of the effectiveness with which the colleges use public funds; (4) ratings of the colleges' quality of instruction; (5) the extent of support for charging tuition for credit courses; (6) the perceived need for adult vocational education and the extent to which colleges were seen as appropriate places to obtain this education; and (7) the differences in attitudes toward the community colleges among various segments of the population and among the various regions of the state. The study report details survey methodology and presents a textual and graphical analysis of the findings. The questionnaire is appended. (JP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: California Community Colleges, Sacramento.
Authoring Institution: Field Research Corp., San Francisco, CA.