ERIC Number: ED260760
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Aug-1
Reference Count: 0
Environmental Trends and Assumptions as Identified by Two-Year Community, Junior and Technical College Personnel. Final Report.
Carter, Meredith L.
A study was conducted to determine the perceptions held by two-year college personnel regarding environmental trends related to educational programs, services, resources and economic development. Questionnaires were distributed to personnel in 430 colleges in the north central United States, requesting respondents to indicate their attitudes toward strategic planning and their degree of agreement or disagreement with 85 items describing environmental trends. Study findings, based on a 43% response rate, included the following: (1) respondents' attitudes toward strategic planning were favorable, as represented by an average rating of 5.618 on a scale of 1 to 7; (2) respondents agreed that there is an increased growth in the number and percentage of older persons; (3) respondents also expressed agreement with the statement that there will be growth in the number of microcomputers people will have access to; (4) a demographic shift to an older population, increased accountability, improved performance demanded of public agencies, increased emphasis on quality, shifting college education costs to students, and increased emphasis on economic development were all items rated over six on the seven-point scale of agreement; (5) among the other top 10 ranked trends were items related to competition among state agencies, less faculty mobility, emphasis by business and industry on increased productivity, and increasing numbers of people seeking convenient learning opportunities; and (6) electronics, computer-related occupations and computer equipment repair were seen as major trends in educational programming. (LAL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Central Council of Community, Junior and Technical Colleges.