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ERIC Number: ED213452
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Nov
Pages: 66
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
A Gallup Study of the Image of and Attitudes toward America's Community and Junior Colleges, 1981.
Gallup Organization, Inc., Princeton, NJ.
In fall 1981 a nationally representative sample of 1,540 adults was surveyed to determine: (1) why those adults who were not in school might return to the classroom; (2) the type of school they would be likely to attend and who would pay for their education; (3) attitudes toward the quality and costs of a community college education; and (4) public perceptions of the primary function of community colleges. The study revealed that among adults who were not currently enrolled in college, 45% said that if they were to return, it would be for personal improvement or enrichment, while 32% would attend to improve their employment status. Of those stating they might return to college, 27% would be likely to attend a community college, 28% a four-year college, and 26% a vocational/technical school. The high percent of respondents indicating they would personally have to pay for continued education (78%) may indicate a low awareness of outside funding sources. While 54% of the respondents believed that community colleges provided a good quality education and 63% felt that the cost was reasonable, only 39% felt that a community college education was both high quality and reasonably priced. Of those surveyed, 48% felt that the primary function of the community college is to provide preliminary training for four-year college attendance. A detailed tabular analysis of findings, including comparative data from a 1977 study; the survey instrument; and appended material on study methodology are provided. (HB)
American Association of Community and Junior Colleges Publications, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 410, Washington, DC 20036 ($10.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: American Association of Community and Junior Colleges, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Gallup Organization, Inc., Princeton, NJ.