ERIC Number: ED224543
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Pasadena Area Community College District Community Needs Assessment Study: Final Report.
A needs assessment of local residents was conducted in the Pasadena Area Community College District to provide information for college planning. Telephone interviews solicited information on residents' characteristics, knowledge of Pasadena City College (PCC), attitudes toward the college, and past and anticipated participation in college activities. The nearly 3,000 telephone calls attempted yielded responses from 691 residents. Study findings revealed that: (1) 91.6% of the respondents correctly named PCC as the community college in the area; (2) 29.1% felt they knew a great deal about PCC and 32.9% felt they knew something of the college; (3) respondents considered vocational and transfer education to be the two most important purposes of PCC; (4) 40.8% had attended classes at PCC, with 23.7% of these indicating they had attended PCC for personal enjoyment and 17.2% to improve job skills; (5) 61.6% felt courses at PCC should be tuition-free; (6) 18.1% thought it likely that they would attend classes at PCC in the next year or so and 18.2% thought it somewhat likely; (7) conflicts with work and inadequate parking facilities were among the most commonly cited difficulties associated with attending PCC; and (8) a profile of respondents likely to attend PCC showed them to be younger, more apt to be single and renters, and to be earning slightly less than those not likely to attend. The study report includes comparisons of groups with and without knowledge of PCC and of attendees and non-attendees and the survey instrument. (HB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pasadena Area Community Coll. District, CA.