ERIC Number: ED229089
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Evaluation of the Research Function in a Large Community College District.
Wilcox, Stuart A.
A study was conducted in January 1981 to assess the level of research activities within the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD). The study sought to identify the staff and monetary resources allocated to research; the activities in which researchers were involved and the amount of time they devoted to each; and those areas which respondents felt should be expanded or deleted. An open-ended questionnaire was completed jointly by the principal researcher and college president at each of the LACCD's nine campuses. Study findings revealed that: (1) budgets allocated to research activities averaged slightly more than $50,000 per year per college; (2) an average of 0.81 certificated researchers and 0.59 support staff members were employed at each college; (3) the largest proportion of research time was spent in the identification of trends in, for example, demographics, enrollments, and grade distributions (19%); follow-up studies of graduating students (15%); and evaluation of programs and procedures (14%); (4) these same three research activities were identified by the respondents as most in need of expansion; and (5) when asked which research activities should be discontinued in order to expand in other areas, respondents most frequently suggested deleting the completion of questionnaires. The survey instrument is appended. (HB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Los Angeles Community Colleges CA
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the California Educational Research Association (Sacramento, CA, November 17-18, 1982).