ERIC Number: ED210082
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Community Needs Survey.
Arrington, Ronald; And Others
A telephone survey was conducted by Diablo Valley College (DVC) in 1979 to determine the characteristics of community residents and their opinions concerning DVC's programs and services. In addition to demographic data (i.e., length of residence in Central Contra Costa County, age, size of household, head of household's employment and marital status, and sex), the survey sought to determine if residents were aware of DVC and its policies, programs, purposes, services, and extracurricular offerings on- and off-campus; if they had attended or considered attending classes and for what purpose; their preferences in scheduling and course offerings; and their evaluation of teaching quality at DVC. The findings of the survey included the following: (1) most residents knew of DVC, and 71% had visited the campus; (2) one-third of the respondents had taken at least one course at DVC, with men being more likely to enroll than women; (3) 40% of the respondents were aware of DVC's art exhibit, and 68% were aware of the college's athletic programs; (4) awareness of DVC and participation in activities or courses increased with length of residence in the county; and (5) among those who had not taken classes, "no spare time" was the most common reason given. The study report details methodology and presents findings in terms of demographic characteristics, awareness factors, enrollment factors, and public information. Conclusions, recommendations for further study, the questionnaire, and data tables are included. (KL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Diablo Valley Coll. Pleasant Hill, CA.; Field Research Corp., San Francisco, CA.