ERIC Number: ED215716
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Feb-15
Reference Count: 0
Missions of Arizona Community Colleges: A Research Description.
Richardson, Richard C.; And Others
A study was conducted in 1981 by the State Board of Directors for Arizona Community Colleges to define the missions of the colleges in specific operational terms and to assess the support for these missions by the colleges' constituencies. Specifically, the study sought to determine the services, clientele, and purposes of specific college activities; the relation of these activities to specific missions; the value and priorities accorded to these missions and activities by various constituency groups; and the differences between urban and rural populations in their perceptions of college missions. A Community College Activities Survey, consisting of 60 items identifying specific activities and missions, was administered to state legislators, members of community college district governing boards, faculty and administrators, evening students, and a random sample of registered voters in one rural and one urban county. The study revealed a general consensus among all major constituency groups that instruction in transfer, occupational, and general education should have top priority, with the second highest priority given to basic skills instruction. There was a strong public perception that one of the functions of the community college is to serve special and deserving clientele. Rural respondents were somewhat more likely to perceive the community college as a multi-purpose institution. The study report includes data tables, a technical appendix, and the survey instrument. (KL)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, College Faculty, College Role, Community Attitudes, Community Colleges, Educational Objectives, Governing Boards, Legislators, Questionnaires, Rural Education, Rural Urban Differences, State Surveys, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Two Year Colleges, Urban Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Arizona State Board of Directors for Junior Colleges, Phoenix.
Authoring Institution: Arizona State Univ., Tempe. Dept. of Higher and Adult Education.