ERIC Number: ED170003
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Assessing the Educationally Related Needs of Adults: A Practical, Low Cost Approach. Community Colleges, Community Education. Monograph #3.
Grady, Sandra C.
This monograph describes a practical, low cost needs assessment process used by Broward Community College (Florida) in cooperation with the public school system. The assessment was initiated by college administrators who needed information to plan appropriate programs and services for the residents living in a newly created service area. The material in the document is organized in three major areas: background of the problem, the needs assessment process, and conclusions. The background setting describes the general environmental factors surrounding the needs assessment study, including demographic considerations, the need for information, and preliminary plans for implementing the needs assessment project. The needs assessment process includes a step by step review of the procedure, the rationale, and significant observations. Aspects of the process include: (1) assessing resources; (2) reviewing other assessment projects; (3) establishing a survey team; (4) meeting with key groups; (5) developing a research design (population stratification, selecting the sample, and collection of data); and (6) holding a meeting after completion of the survey. The conclusions reflect on the outcomes and the significance of the process. Data tables outline demographic information. The survey instrument and a bibliography are appended. (Author/MB)
Descriptors: College School Cooperation, Community Characteristics, Community Colleges, Community Programs, Community Surveys, Costs, Data Collection, Literature Reviews, Needs Assessment, Personnel Needs, Population Growth, Program Development, Questionnaires, Research Design, Research Methodology, Research Problems, Sampling, Two Year Colleges, Urban Demography, Volunteer Training
American Association of Community and Junior Colleges, One Dupont Circle, N.W., Suite 410, Washington, D.C. 20036 (single copy, no charge; additional copies, $5.00)
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor. Office of Community Education Research.; American Association of Community and Junior Colleges, Washington, DC. National Center for Community Education.
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