ERIC Number: ED164037
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jun
Reference Count: 0
A Needs Assessment Study at Apache Junction for Long Range Planning.
Gibson, Dale R.
As part of an effort to assess the postsecondary educational needs of the community of Apache Junction, surveys were administered to: (1) students in grades 9-12 at Apache Junction High School (N=420) with regard to their educational plans, the postsecondary institutions they anticipated attending, course and program interests of those planning to attend Central Arizona College (CAC), and their image of CAC; (2) permanent residents of Apache Junction (N=100) with respect to their characteristics, their interest in and use of the programs and courses offered in CAC, their interest in courses not offered, and their image of the school; and (3) area employers (N=40) with regard to existing local employment needs and the courses they would like to see provided at CAC. One-half of the students surveyed planned to attend college, most intending to attend Arizona State University. Little interest was shown in attending CAC. On a hypothetical basis, the CAC program selected most frequently was general academic preparation for university transfer. Residents' interest in courses and services was also rather low; the most popular programs were those leading to an associate degree. Of the businesses surveyed, about 45% indicated that there was a problem in filling personnel requirements with qualified employees. A concern with upgrading skills was also revealed. Data tables present the results of the surveys and the instruments are appended. (MB)
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, College Bound Students, Community Attitudes, Community Colleges, Community Surveys, Educational Needs, Employer Attitudes, High School Students, Institutional Research, Needs Assessment, Participant Characteristics, School Surveys, Student Attitudes, Student Educational Objectives, Student Interests, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pinal County Community Coll. District, Florence, AZ.