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ERIC Number: ED188677
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-May
Pages: 289
Abstractor: N/A
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Small/Rural Two-Year Colleges: An Analysis of Their Problems and Characteristics.
Ross, Robert Allison
A nationwide survey of two-year colleges was conducted in 1978 to determine the unique characteristics of the country's small and/or rural colleges. The survey instrument asked college presidents to indicate if their institutions could be considered small and/or rural and to rank the importance of 32 selected problem areas. Survey findings, based on a 75% response rate, were analyzed to determine: (1) the problems that were ranked higher by presidents who perceived their institutions to be small and/or rural than by presidents of colleges which were neither small nor rural; (2) the objective characteristics of two-year institutions that tend to explain the perceptions of institutional size and ruralness; and (3) operational definitions of the small/rural classification based on these characteristics. Major findings reveal that 61% of the respondents considered their institutions to be small and/or rural, that 35.1% indicated that their institutions were both small and rural, and that eight problem areas were both unique and important to small, rural colleges. Among these problems were across the board budget cuts, limited institutional research capacity, and limited ability to write grant proposals and follow up on them. The survey report analyzes findings, details methodology, reviews pertinent literature, and includes the questionnaire and a bibliography. (JP)
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Publication Type: Tests/Questionnaires; Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Virginia