ERIC Number: ED095939
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: N/A
Institutional Research in Community Colleges: A National Survey.
Platt, Chester C.
To determine whether changes in the type of research conducted by community colleges had taken place since 1968 and to ascertain the current research interests of these colleges, a national survey of community colleges was conducted. Questionnaires were sent to 1,150 public and private community and junior colleges, of which 40 percent responded. Nearly 90 percent of the responding colleges were public institutions. Sixty-three percent reported some type of institutional research, with 51 percent having formally organized research programs. Of the colleges reporting, 47 percent indicated institutional research budget increases. As compared with findings reported in an ERIC monograph, "Junior College Institutional Research: The State of the Art," published in 1968, the research categories popularity had changed in some instances. The category "Students" remained the most popular research interest; however, "Curricula and Programs" dropped from second place in the 1968 study to fifth place in the current study, with "Instruction" being the least popular category in both studies. In terms of research preference, there was little difference between past research activities and current projects, the most popular areas of research continuing to be students, student services, and institutional operations. Sixty-one percent of the colleges sometime involve their institutional research officers in important decisions, and 97 percent would like to exchange research ideas and methodologies. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: De Anza Coll., Cupertino, CA.