ERIC Number: ED061923
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-May
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An Ex Post Facto Needs Assessment Using a Modified Delphi Technique to Determine the Goals of a Community College Learning Resources Center.
Landini, Albert J.; Gold, Ben K.
A modified use of the Delphi technique to determine institutional goals for a community college learning resources center is described in this report. A committee of faculty and staff acted as "selected experts" in determining the initial goal statements. Processes and techniques for collapsing the large number of goal statements to a few detailed positive and negative goal statements are presented. The positive goal areas derived were: (1) small student discussion groups; (2) better learning environment; (3) better instruction; (4) individualized instruction; and (5) better organizational structure. Negative goal areas derived were: (1) faculty overload; (2) administrative misuse; (3) lack of small student discussion groups; and (4) dehumanization of students. These goals in their final statement forms were derived in view of the perceived purpose of the learning resources center as allowing the community college to respond to increasing student enrollments in the face of diminishing revenues without lowering the quality of education offered. The methodology used to bring about goal convergence is reported in a step-by-step manner so that interested researchers wishing to replicate the study at their institution may do so, and a brief literature review describes some possible applications of Delphi in other areas of education. (AL)
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Authoring Institution: Los Angeles City Coll., CA.