ERIC Number: ED213452
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Nov
Reference Count: 0
A Gallup Study of the Image of and Attitudes toward America's Community and Junior Colleges, 1981.
Gallup Organization, Inc., Princeton, NJ.
In fall 1981 a nationally representative sample of 1,540 adults was surveyed to determine: (1) why those adults who were not in school might return to the classroom; (2) the type of school they would be likely to attend and who would pay for their education; (3) attitudes toward the quality and costs of a community college education; and (4) public perceptions of the primary function of community colleges. The study revealed that among adults who were not currently enrolled in college, 45% said that if they were to return, it would be for personal improvement or enrichment, while 32% would attend to improve their employment status. Of those stating they might return to college, 27% would be likely to attend a community college, 28% a four-year college, and 26% a vocational/technical school. The high percent of respondents indicating they would personally have to pay for continued education (78%) may indicate a low awareness of outside funding sources. While 54% of the respondents believed that community colleges provided a good quality education and 63% felt that the cost was reasonable, only 39% felt that a community college education was both high quality and reasonably priced. Of those surveyed, 48% felt that the primary function of the community college is to provide preliminary training for four-year college attendance. A detailed tabular analysis of findings, including comparative data from a 1977 study; the survey instrument; and appended material on study methodology are provided. (HB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Attitudes, College Choice, College Role, Community Colleges, National Surveys, Public Opinion, Questionnaires, Student Costs, Student Educational Objectives, Student Financial Aid, Two Year Colleges
American Association of Community and Junior Colleges Publications, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 410, Washington, DC 20036 ($10.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: American Association of Community and Junior Colleges, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Gallup Organization, Inc., Princeton, NJ.