ERIC Number: ED241077
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Community Needs Assessment, 1982, with Sub-Population Data Tables.
Chestnut, Erma Ruth
In 1981-82, a community needs assessment study was conducted to assist Schenectady County Community College (SCCC) in improving programs, meeting educational needs, evaluating promotional efforts, facilitating attendance, providing information to the community, evaluating program quality, and planning programs. A survey, sent to 1,173 SCCC students, 636 SCCC staff members, 600 high school staff members, and 1,125 selected community organizations, solicited information on factors influencing college attendance, community expectations of SCCC, demand for new or intensified services, perceptions of the quality of SCCC's services, and respondents' characteristics. Study findings, based on an overall response rate of 36%, included the following: (1) services considered most important by the respondents as a whole included maintaining course content and standards, offering certificates and degrees transferable to four-year colleges, and expanding transfer agreements; (2) computer science and data processing were the only areas for which a large demand for new programs was perceived by the respondents; (3) over 75% of the respondents agreed that SCCC represented a wise investment of tax monies, that SCCC presents a helpful and non-threatening image to older residents and re-entry students, and that SCCC has improved the county and widened educational access. The questionnaires and analyses for each respondent group are included in the report. (LAL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Schenectady County Community Coll., Schenectady, NY.
Note: Some tabular material may be marginally legible due to small print.