ERIC Number: ED226804
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jan-28
Reference Count: 0
Feasibility Study for the Establishment of a Human Services Program--Phase II. Volume 12, Number 3.
Eisen, Marlene; Lucas, John A.
A study was conducted at William Rainey Harper College (WRHC) to determine the feasibility of establishing a new human services program at the college by assessing the employment opportunities for graduates of the proposed program and the educational needs of persons already employed in the human services field. In 1981, questionnaires were mailed to 113 local community service organizations, including youth service, residential care, and family service organizations. A year later, 25 of the non-responding organizations were sent a shorter survey. Study findings, based on 27 responses to the 1981 survey and 14 responses to the 1982 survey, 5 letters of support, and a meeting with representatives from 8 human service agencies, included the following: (1) employment demands and the educational needs of persons currently employed in the field could support an enrollment of 18 full-time and 58 part-time students per semester in the proposed program; (2) opportunities for observation and internship sites were offered by 16 organizations, which could provide up to 40 internships per semester; (3) 15 of the responding organizations were interested in a continuing professional development program for their staff members; and (4) respondents expressed an interest in becoming involved in the process of curriculum development. The bulk of the report consists of data tables detailing results. The questionnaire is appended. (HB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: William Rainey Harper Coll., Palatine, IL. Office of Planning and Research.
Note: For a related document, see ED 217 934.