ERIC Number: ED217934
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Nov-12
Reference Count: 0
Feasibility Study for the Establishment of a Human Services Program. Volume XI, No. 19.
Bourke, Patricia G.; And Others
A study was conducted at William Rainey Harper College (WRHC) to determine the feasibility of establishing a new human services program with respect to employment potential and student demand for the program. A total of 113 youth service, residential care, community and family service organizations in the area were surveyed to establish a minimum level of support for the new program. Findings, based on responses from 27 organizations, included the following: (1) employment demands and the educational needs of current human services employees could support an enrollment of 8 full-time and 33 part-time students per semester in the proposed program; (2) sufficient observational and internship sites were available; and (3) respondents evidenced interest in serving on advisory committees and as guest lecturers, in becoming involved in shaping the curriculum, and in a professional development program consisting of human services non-credit seminars and workshops for current employees. Study conclusions indicate sufficient justification to establish the new program at the recommended enrollment levels. Appendices include the survey instrument, lists of employers and organizations that would hire graduates or provide facilities, and respondents' suggestions regarding the new program and its curriculum. (Author/HB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: William Rainey Harper Coll., Palatine, IL. Office of Planning and Research.