ERIC Number: ED345827
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Community Needs Assessment Survey Report, Fall 1990.
Gainesville Coll., GA. Office of Planning and Institutional Research.
As part of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools self-study process for reaffirmation of accreditation, Gainesville College (GC) conducted its second decennial needs assessment survey in fall 1990 to obtain data to assist in college planning and program improvement. Separate survey instruments were developed to gather data from community leaders (n=90) and area high school principals and counselors (n=43). Selected findings included the following: (1) GC's convenient location, small size, reasonable cost, and open-door admissions policy emerged as the college's greatest assets; (2) community leaders felt that GC's transfer and career programs were most important, while high school principals and counselors thought the college should place more emphasis on its transfer and developmental studies programs; (3) GC students were perceived to be well-prepared for transfer to four-year institutions; (4) the college was encouraged to become more involved with local high schools through presentations, summer programs, and other activities; (5) a need existed to increase the visibility of the college; (6) respondents recommended expanding CG in the areas of offerings beyond the two-year degree level; cooperative activities with other schools, colleges, and technical institutes; business and language/multicultural areas; off-campus settings; creative scheduling; and intercollegiate athletics; and (7) there was a need for some type of student housing. Related data tables, and the survey instruments are appended. A paper focusing on the study's methodology,"Environmental Scanning through a Community Needs Assessment," by Norma R. Seerley and J. Foster Watkins, is also attached. (JSP)
Descriptors: College Role, Community Attitudes, Community Colleges, Community Needs, Community Surveys, Educational Needs, Educational Quality, High Schools, Needs Assessment, Questionnaires, School Community Relationship, School Effectiveness, School Personnel, Self Evaluation (Groups), Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Gainesville Coll., GA. Office of Planning and Institutional Research.
Identifiers: Environmental Scanning