ERIC Number: ED156267
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
A Comprehensive Assessment of Adult Educational Needs in Delaware County.
Response Analysis Corp., Princeton, NJ.
A total of 1,991 Delaware County (Pennsylvania) adults, aged 17 or older, responded to a survey designed to identify and describe "educational market segments" and to provide a baseline identification and assessment of their unmet postsecondary educational needs and preferences to aid the Delaware County Community College (DCCC) in planning and improving educational programs and services. Survey results indicated that Delaware County adults were better educated than the national norm; that their career aspirations tended toward the skilled/upscale occupational categories; and that they exhibited a strong pro-formal-education orientation. Of educational services offered or contemplated by DCCC, respondents expressed the greatest interest in career training (40%) and in job skills training (over 33%). Both students and prospective students favored the traditional classroom/lecture method. Although projections indicated over 75,000 planned to enroll within the following year, nearly all survey respondents felt tuition costs were a major impediment to enrollment and 30% needed free child care services. Of students currently enrolled, 79% intended to finish their degrees or programs and 58% indicated they will continue their education beyond degree completion. Implications of study findings, respondents' demography, and copies of the survey instruments are included. (TR)
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, Access to Education, Adults, Career Education, Community Colleges, Community Surveys, Demography, Educational Background, Educational Demand, Educational Needs, Enrollment Projections, Individual Characteristics, Institutional Research, Needs Assessment, Student Costs, Student Recruitment, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Delaware County Community Coll., Media, PA.
Authoring Institution: Response Analysis Corp., Princeton, NJ.