ERIC Number: ED231433
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Needs Assessment as a Planning Tool for the 1980's.
Hopson, Carol S.; And Others
Based upon the experiences of Delgado Community College (DCC), this series of presentations examines the use of needs assessment as a planning tool. After explaining the way needs assessment is defined at DCC, Carol Hopson discusses the decisions to be made before beginning a needs assessment with respect to: (1) institutional willingness to abide by assessment results; (2) program priorities; (3) budgeting for costs such as printing, computer time, and consultants; and (4) the assignment of staff, including faculty members, to the project. Next, Margaret Montgomery describes the methodology of DCC's needs assessment, which involved the specification of purposes, goals, and objectives by the Educational Planning Staff; the development of a time line; the collection of data from target populations using structured questionnaires (i.e, an educational interest survey, a business and industry survey, a high school survey, and an 8th grade survey); the analysis of data; and the preparation of a written report for policy makers. Then, Gary Aspiazu discusses the role of DCC's advisory committee in fact finding, plan development, and mobilization of public support; describes the formation and selection of the committee; and suggests ways of reporting and publicizing an advisory committee's work. Finally, Elton M. Lagasse illustrates the way in which the results of DCC's needs assessment were used in discontinuing, modifying, and adding programs. (LL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Delgado Community College LA
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges (63rd, New Orleans, LA, April 24-27, 1983).