ERIC Number: ED129373
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Oct-10
Reference Count: 0
Needs Assessment for Community Education.
Morton, John; Warfel, George
This document discusses the unique features and philosophy of the community college, and ways of maximizing community and college interpenetration. The central section of the report deals with the role of needs assessment in community education. The concept of needs assessment espoused herein stresses continuation and community participation as the basic organizing principles of needs assessment. Active involvement of college personnel and community residents in the design, conduct, and decision-making stages of the assessment is explained as being essential to the assessment process. An eclectic approach to techniques for assessing needs is urged. Among the data that should be obtained from an assessment should be: population demographics, educational achievements and needs inventory, a picture of institutions and groups with power to affect the quantity and quality of the interaction between the college and the community, and strategies for incorporating the above into an on-going process of interaction. Specific techniques in addition to survey research are listed for consideration in the performance of a needs assessment. Common pitfalls associated with needs assessments are presented as is a discussion of ways of avoiding such pitfalls. (Author/JDS)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Hawaii Univ., Honolulu. Leeward Community Coll.