ERIC Number: ED126965
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Jun-1
Reference Count: N/A
Community Awareness of Thomas Nelson Community College and Accessibility of Educational Programs: A Survey of the Adult Population of the Virginia Peninsula.
Bounds, Stuart M.; Vernon, Christie D.
The purpose of this study was to determine levels of citizen awareness of the mission and operations of Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC), to identify access barriers to potential TNCC attendance, and to assess the educational goals of local residents. A 15-item questionnaire was sent to a random sample of 1,000 local adults. The 381 respondents were typical of mail survey respondents in that they overrepresented upper socioeconomic groups; however, in other respects they were generally characteristic of residents in the TNCC service area. Results indicated a high degree of familiarity with the mission and operations of TNCC and a positive attitude toward the college. They also showed that the chief obstacles to enrolling at TNCC were lack of time and/or interest. Most respondents indicated that their primary goal in attending TNCC would be to satisfy a personal interest or to meet some specific job-related need; interest in degree programs was clearly secondary. Many indicated an interest in self-paced instruction and in televised educational programs. The questionnaire is appended, as are general comments from the respondents. (DC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Thomas Nelson Community Coll., Hampton, VA.