ERIC Number: ED370665
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
An Assessment of the Adult Learners' Needs at Gateway Community-Technical College.
A study was conducted to assess the needs of adult learners at Gateway Community-Technical College (GCTC), in North Haven, Connecticut. An extended literature review resulted the choice of the three-part Adult Learner Needs Assessment Survey (ALNAS). In spring 1993, the ALNAS was administered to adult learners in classes at GCTC, resulting in 400 completed surveys representing 70% of the adult population at GCTC. Results for the first section of the ALNAS, which included inquiries into participants background, indicated that 65.3% of respondents were between the ages of 23 and 44, 77% of respondents were male, and 69.4% of respondents did not have a college degree. Results for the second section, which investigated the educational plans and references of participants, indicated that 77% of respondents planned to continue their education, 52.3% of respondents cited improving their income as a major reason for continuing their education, while 54.4% reported that learning to solve personal and communication problems was not a reason. Results for the final section, focusing on the personal and educational needs of adult learners, indicated that the five most important issues were improving writing, test taking, study, and mathematical skills and learning about job opportunities, while the five least important issues were obtaining child care services, coping as a single parent, navigating the campus, dealing with divorce, and obtaining services for a physical disability. The survey instrument, transmittal letter, and results of ALNAS are appended. (MAB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Learning, Adult Students, Community Colleges, Course Selection (Students), Educational Assessment, Educational Needs, Needs Assessment, Relevance (Education), Student Characteristics, Student Educational Objectives, Student Needs, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: ACT Adult Learner Needs Assessment; Gateway Community Technical College CT
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.