ERIC Number: ED186069
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Mar
Community Impact Study. Volume I: Composite Report.
Oakton Community Coll., Morton Grove, IL.
A community impact study was conducted by Oakton Community College (OCC) in Fall 1979 to determine how representative samples of six constituent groups learned about OCC; the benefits they perceived in having a community college in the area; their awareness of and satisfaction with OCC programs and services; and ways in which OCC could be improved. Separate survey instruments were designed for each of six groups: area residents, executive officers from area businesses, personnel from the 12 area high schools, high school juniors and seniors, OCC students enrolled in credit courses in Fall 1979, and students taking adult and continuing education courses. Questionnaires were mailed to community residents and business representatives, and all other groups were surveyed in classes. Major findings relevant to the respondents as a whole revealed that: (1) mailings were the primary source of information about OCC; (2) OCC was valued more for its vocational offerings than for its non-credit, continuing education programs; (3) respondents were more aware of OCC's transfer and vocational programs than they were of the availability of counseling and community services; and (4) respondents rated OCC's performance highest with regard to continuing education and vocational programs. There was no consensus on how OCC should be improved. The survey report contains analyses of the responses of each group. (Author/JP)
Descriptors: Adult Students, Business, College Programs, College Role, Community Attitudes, Community Benefits, Community Colleges, Community Surveys, Employer Attitudes, High School Students, Information Needs, Information Sources, Institutional Evaluation, Outcomes of Education, Participant Satisfaction, Program Evaluation, Publicity, School Surveys, Secondary School Teachers, Student Attitudes, Student Personnel Services, Teacher Attitudes, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Oakton Community Coll., Morton Grove, IL.
Note: For a related document, see JC 800 244