ERIC Number: ED222128
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Feb-15
A Survey of Legislative Attitudes and Influence Factors on Higher Education in Alabama: 1980.
Holsenbeck, Daniel C.; Tiffany, David M.
The attitudes of current and former Alabama legislators and educators toward higher education were surveyed. Attention was directed to current attitudes about higher education and changes in attitudes in the last 10 years, along with views on the influence of information sources. Questionnaire respondents were asked how accurate and responsive state educational agencies are to their inquiries about higher education, and how much influence information sources have on their general feelings and attitudes toward higher education. An additional question sought to determine the relationship, if any, between feelings about elementary/secondary education and higher education. Specifically, the effectiveness of information provided by the Alabama Commission on Higher Education, the State Department of Education, and the universities were investigated. Using a Likert scale, respondents rated the influence of 25 factors including the Alabama Education Association (a quasi-union), campus newspapers, faculty and student contacts, institutional executives, trusted friends, and the Governor's staff, among other influences. The summaries of responses to the questionnaire are appended. Overall, current members of the Alabama Legislature appeared to have a supportive attitude toward higher education. It is suggested that the favorable attitude is generated and maintained by the legislators' previous personal experiences and their present and future personal contacts with friends, educators, and students. In comparing attitudes over a 10-year period, 67 percent of the educators expressed the opinion that legislative attitudes today were less favorable than 10 years ago. The majority of both groups of legislators, however, disagreed to some extent that their favorable attitudes had declined. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Southeastern District III Conference, Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (February 15, 1982).