ERIC Number: ED203947
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
A Study of Community College Needs Assessment Practices and Outcomes: Institutional and Contextual Predictors.
Luna, Cynthia L.
A survey of 1,127 public two-year colleges was conducted to determine the extent to which the colleges had been involved in formalized needs assessment projects from 1976 through 1979, the strategies they had used in planning and conducting these studies, and the ways in which the colleges had used and benefitted from this research. Survey findings were then compared with data from the Higher Education General Information Surveys XI and XII to determine: (1) correlations between the extent of involvement in needs assessment projects with institutional and contextual characteristics such as institutional size, college wealth, and the population of the service district; and (2) correlations between these institutional and contextual characteristics and the reported outcomes of the needs assessments. Selected findings, based on a 32% response rate, reveal that 78% of the responding colleges had conducted at least one needs assessment since 1976. Over 50% had a separate office responsible for collecting needs assessment data, and over 60% employed some form of attitude survey. While 58% of the colleges felt that the studies increased their community responsiveness, only 41% indicated that the studies helped increase enrollment. The study report summarizes major findings and discusses areas for further study. (JP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Los Angeles, CA, April 13-17, 1981).