ERIC Number: ED138319
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Oct
Mexican American Community Study. Research Report 75-01.
Garay, Reynaldo; And Others
Los Angeles Harbor College conducted a survey of Mexican-American residents in its prime service area in order to determine their educational interests and needs as perceived from their particular cultural perspective. The study aimed at ascertaining the extent of congruence between community-perceived needs and the needs identified by a core of community "representatives" (current and former students and Mexican American educators) who provide input for program planning and implementation. Four hundred and fifty surveys were completed by persons representing the total spectrum of the Hispanic community. Areas of concern in the survey were college goals, communication, counseling, and programs (on- and off-campus). Results of the survey showed a high degree of congruence among respondents in terms of the perceived needs of the community; 70% rated two-thirds of the survey items as "greatly" or "moderately" needed. Additionally, it was found that, as the strength of group cultural identification increased, confirmation of the needs delineated by the representatives increased by increments of 10%. Overall, the highest needs expressed were for more community participation in goal setting, more emphasis on ethnic and cultural interests, more minority instructors, and improved counseling and communication related to employment, career planning, and development of self-confidence. Tabular data from the survey are included throughout the report and the survey instrument is appended. (JDS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Los Angeles Harbor Coll., Wilmington, CA.
Note: Appendix D is in Spanish