ERIC Number: ED327236
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-May
Reference Count: 0
Opinions of Michigan Citizens about Community Colleges: A Public Opinion Survey of a Cross-Section of 800 Adults Interviewed by Telephone, May 2-10, 1989. 3rd Bi-Annual Survey.
Michigan State Board of Education, Lansing. Project Outreach.
In May 1989, a telephone survey was conducted of a random sample of 800 adults in Michigan to assess public opinion toward Michigan's community and junior colleges. Study findings included the following: (1) 88% of the respondents felt that a college education was "very important"; (2) if Michigan adults were to go back to school, the major reasons would be for personal improvement or job advancement, or to help obtain a different job; (3) 46% of the respondents said they would attend a community college if they returned to school, citing close proximity to home as the primary reason; (4) 39% felt that the community college was the institution best suited to provide adults with both job training/retraining skills and career planning and guidance services; (5) 25% felt that community colleges were best suited to provide training in modern technological skills, and 44% indicated that they would prefer a community college for basic skills (remedial) instruction; (6) 69% felt their nearest community college did a "good" to "excellent" job in meeting the educational needs of citizens in their area; (7) 47% indicated that the type of instruction offered in a community college was "about the same" as that offered at a four-year college or university; (8) 48% believed that most of the income to operate community colleges should come from state aid; and (9) almost half of the respondents said they would be "very interested" in job placement assistance from a community college. The survey instrument is attached. (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 opinion surveys conducted by Project Outreach. For related documents, see JC 910 046-051, ED 239 766, and ED 260 080.