ERIC Number: ED214455
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Dec-12
Reference Count: 0
Determining Educational Needs of AFL-CIO Union Members in Southeast Florida. A Report to the Board of Directors of the Southeast Florida Educational Consortium.
Meinhold, Robert W.
Educational needs of AFL-CIO union members in southeast Florida were surveyed. Of the two union locals surveyed in Dade and Broward counties, 424 questionnaire responses were received. Findings include the following: 86.3 percent were not attending a college or university; 62.5 percent would have three hours or more on the weekend to devote to learning; 72.9 percent would have three hours or more to devote to learning during the work week; 20.8 percent rated "improving general knowledge" as the number one reason for learning; 36.6 rated "learning to communicate" as the number one reason for learning; 39.4l percent rated "learning about the business you work in" as the number one reason; only 5.7 percent had not completed high school; and 65.8 percent wanted to obtain a degree. Information is also presented on academic areas of interest; physical location of classes; and age and sex of respondents. Based on the survey results, it is recommended that a four-year degree program be developed that emphasizes business, personal relations, data processing, writing skills, and electronics. The classes would be offered in smaller blocks than those for the traditional full-time attending student, and courses would be offered through a combination of on-campus, independent study, and television and radio programs. A bibliography and questionnaire are appended. (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, Adult Students, College Attendance, Degrees (Academic), Educational Needs, Enrollment Influences, Extension Education, Higher Education, Labor Force, Needs Assessment, Nontraditional Education, Nontraditional Students, School Location, State Surveys, Union Members
Southeast Florida Educational Consortium, 11011 S.W. 104th Street, Miami, FL 33176.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southeast Florida Educational Consortium, Miami.
Identifiers: AFL CIO; Distance Education; Florida