ERIC Number: ED226794
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar-1
Reference Count: 0
Community Needs Assessment, Spring 1982.
In Spring 1982, a districtwide survey was conducted by Cerritos College (CC) to assess the educational needs of the surrounding community. Residents were asked to provide demographic information and respond to questions about their awareness of the college, their perception and evaluation of various CC roles, and their preferences for courses and methods of instruction. Selected findings, based on telephone interviews with 726 randomly selected district residents, included the following: (1) 97.7% of the residents had heard of the college and 38.3% of these respondents had taken classes at CC; (2) 56.3% were aware that the college was tuition-free and 63% felt it should remain so; (3) 36.5% of the respondents who had attended CC did so for vocational training, while 35.6% had attended for personal enjoyment; (4) 50.4% preferred evening classes, and 41.6% preferred a semester system over 9-week sessions, 6- to 8-week sessions, or weekend instruction; (5) the role of the college in providing vocational and transfer courses was ranked as most important, while offering community-interest courses was ranked as least important; (6) providing special help to students speaking little or no English was ranked significantly lower in importance than providing special help to physically disabled or low-income students; and (7) 85.8% gave the college an overall rating of either excellent or good. The survey instrument and response data are appended. (Author/DAB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Cerritos Coll., Norwalk, CA. Office of Institutional Research.