ERIC Number: ED184642
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Toward a Taxonomy of Adult Two-Year College Student Needs.
Mangano, Joseph A.; Corrado, Thomas J.
A survey was conducted at six representative New York State two-year colleges to: (1) determine the relative importance of selected educational needs for students and staff in the business, health services, and trade/technology curricula; and (2) taxonomize the needs of re-entry adult students. Survey respondents included 561 traditional students (18 to 24 years of age), 529 adult re-entry students (25 years of age or older), and 199 faculty and staff. The survey instrument, administered both on campus and through the mail, consisted of 10 demographic items and 75 items focusing on collegiate services and activities in five categories: academic survival skills, personal-social development, instructional policies and practices, administrative policies, and student support services. Participants ranked each item according to a five-point Likert scale as being of "No Importance" to "Very High Importance." Analyses were performed on both the item and category levels. A taxonomy of needs was constructed by ranking items with means greater than one-half of the standard deviation above the overall mean as First Order; Third Order items had means less than one-half of the standard deviation; and Second Order items ranked between these points. The survey report compares the responses of the three participant groups, summarizes the adult needs taxonomy, and discusses the implications of the findings. (JP)
Descriptors: Adult Students, Adult Vocational Education, Basic Skills, Classification, College Administration, College Faculty, Community Colleges, Educational Needs, Individual Development, Needs Assessment, Reentry Students, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Student Development, Student Personnel Services, Study Skills, Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Technical Institutes, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April 7-11, 1980)