ERIC Number: ED156304
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
The Satellite Center Student as a Non-Traditional Component of the Contemporary Community College.
Charles, Richard F.; Perkins, Marthalou
In spring 1978, a survey questionnaire designed to elicit demographic information on the student population as well as subjective data to form a clear picture of the typical student and identification of student needs, was administered throughout the De Anza College extended campus operation. College administrators were particularly interested in data from the Sunnyvale Center, established in 1975 as a permanent satellite facility in an economically distressed area with a significant Hispanic and Asian population, whose purpose was to house the Bilingual Center and serve as the focus institution within the community, responding to community needs and expressed desires. A total of 545 students from Sunnyvale responded to the survey. Findings indicated center students were generally between 21-30 years old; primarily female (nearly 65%); over 50% Hispanic, Asian, black, or Filipino; had high school diploma educational backgrounds; and had work patterns divided almost equally between full-time and no employment. Data revealed more than 66% were attending De Anza for occupational and self-enrichment reasons. In addition, over 66% found instructional quality outstanding or very satisfactory, and specialized student services (counseling, veterans' assistance, the learning center, etc.) were used regularly by Sunnyvale students. Results also underscored the need for improved local publicity efforts. (TR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: De Anza Coll., Cupertino, CA.