ERIC Number: ED327234
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: N/A
Opinions of Michigan Citizens about Community Colleges: A Public Opinion Survey of a Cross-Section of 800 Adults Interviewed by Telephone, March 16-23, 1987.
Michigan State Board of Education, Lansing. Project Outreach.
In March 1987, a telephone survey was conducted of a cross-section of 800 adult citizens in Michigan to determine their opinions about Michigan's public community colleges. The survey gathered information on the importance of a college education, reasons for attending college, schools best suited for a particular type of training or education, primary functions of the community college, quality of the education and community services provided by community colleges, interest in college instruction on television, and opinions about the costs of a community college education. Summary data were broken down by sex, race, income, age, and residence. Study findings included the following: (1) 81% of the respondents considered a college education to be "very important"; (2) respondents who expressed an interest in attending a community college gave as their primary reason its close proximity to home; (3) 39% of the respondents considered the opportunity to provide "cultural enrichment" as a very important function of a community college education; (4) 28% of the respondents rated local community colleges as "excellent" in meeting citizens' educational needs; (5) 84% favored having community colleges provide career counseling services to non-students; (6) 86% agreed that community colleges should require incoming students to take basic skills placement tests; (7) 13% disagreed that community college course credits should transfer to a four-year college; and (8) 44% of the respondents felt that community college costs were unreasonable. Data tables and the survey instrument are appended. (JMC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Board of Education, Lansing. Project Outreach.
Note: One of a series of public opion surveys conducted by Project Outreach. For related documents, see JC 910 046-051, ED 239 766, and ED 260 080.