ERIC Number: ED136898
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Alternative Community College Education System Study (ACCESS): A Needs and Feasibility Study.
Local Government Research Corp., State College, PA.
A study of the unmet postsecondary educational needs of residents of a five-county area in northeastern Pennsylvania was conducted by means of surveys of 10,000 high school students, 10,000 adults, and 76 area employers. In addition, educational statistics of the area populations and an analysis of constraining geographic and economic factors were considered. Findings indicated a need for additional postsecondary opportunities. A number of alternatives were considered for establishing community college programs in the region, and enrollment projections and cost estimates were prepared. The concept of a "community college/technical institute without walls" was recommended, in which classes and student services would be made available in existing facilities scattered throughout the area. Initial enrollment of 700 full-time equivalent (FTE) students was projected for the first year, rising to 1,600 FTE in five years. Total operating costs were estimated at $894,900 for the first year and at $2,720,000 after five years. Summaries of survey responses, enrollment projections, area postsecondary resources, alternative courses of action, and financial considerations are described in the report. Appendices include the survey instruments and detailed survey responses. (JDS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Northeastern Pennsylvania Regional Planning Council for Higher Education.; Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg.
Authoring Institution: Local Government Research Corp., State College, PA.