ERIC Number: ED205080
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-May
Reference Count: 0
A Process to Conduct Needs Assessment at a Community College. AIR Forum 1981 Paper.
The process of conducting needs assessment at State Community College of East St. Louis is described. Among the objectives of the needs assessment are: program and service evaluation, marketing, new program development, and strategic planning. The basic purposes of the needs assessment were curricular planning and development, and several target populations were identifeid to whom curricula could be marketed. Groups selected as part of the needs assessment include: adults living in the community college district, high school students, evening high school students, alumni, and employers. Different needs assessment measures were undertaken for the different groups: (i.e., telephone survey of adults, classroom survey of high school students). The human resources and technical assistance necessary to complete the needs assessment are noted. The approach to conducting needs assessment produced several outcomes, including: college staff working together in a concentrated effort, students obtaining working experiences, the college demonstrating goodwill in communicating with the community, and the college obtaining valuable information as it strives to improve its planning and services to the community. It is suggested that four additional steps should be undertaken: the data and their implications should be discussed with the decision-makers; the college should hold data seminars for significant representatives of each of the target groups; the administrative staff needs to use the data as a base on which to conduct a decision seminar for curriculum development and funds development; and ongoing process of assessing needs should be established. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: AIR Forum; State Community College of East Saint Louis IL
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (21st, Minneapolis, MN, May 17-20, 1981).