ERIC Number: ED234836
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Community Educational Needs Assessment. Office of Planning & Development Research Paper.
Evans, Arthur H., Jr.
A community educational needs assessment was conducted to determine how well Pima Community College (PCC) was meeting community needs, provide information for updating PCC's 5-year master plan, enhance administrative decision making, and assist faculty in course and program revision. Surveys of high school students, county residents, and major area employers were utilized. Responses from 7,791 high school students to a career interests survey revealed that 15.3% planned to attend a community college and that the computer science field was the first or second career choice of 11.8% of the students, while an engineering career was the first or second choice of 11.3% of the students. Responses from 278 of 800 county residents surveyed indicated that 61% were or had been enrolled at PCC; 61% would enroll in the next 2 years if needed courses were offered; general interest and upgrading job skills were the primary reasons for college enrollment; respondents expressed greatest interest in business, office education, computer science, and public service courses; and 81.4% of the respondents preferred evening or weekend classes. Of the 272 employers surveyed, 148 responded. Of these, 96% were satisfied with employees trained at the college, and 51% reported no difficulty in locating qualified job applicants. College graduates were hired most frequently in the services field and least frequently for mining and construction jobs. Study questions are appended. (LL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pima Community Coll., Tucson, AZ.