ERIC Number: ED262680
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-May
Reference Count: N/A
Student Needs and Priorities Survey. 1981 Summary of Findings.
Daigle, Stephen L.
Results of a 1981 needs survey for 8,564 students at 12 campuses of the California State University (CSU) system are summarized. The Student Needs and Priorities Survey assessed: life goals and educational priorities, attitudes concerning academic and social experiences on campus, and institutional and personal problems. Variations are reported by age, ethnicity, sex, and class level (lower- and upper-division and graduate division day and evening students). Findings include the following: career considerations dominated all other educational priorities; the most pervasive student goals focused on practical and immediate rewards; campus choice was influenced by program availability and reputation, cost, and convenience to home and work; academic concerns were more important to students than campus support services or social activities; 30 percent gave generally negative evaluations of instructional quality, citing poor communication skills and lack of interpersonal concern among faculty; and about one-fourth expressed serious concern about college finances. External factors (e.g., family obligations, job, finances, personal problems) were cited by 40 percent as impeding educational objectives, while campus obstacles were noted by 25 percent. The questionnaire is appended. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: California State Univ. and Colleges, Los Angeles. Office of the Chancellor.
Authoring Institution: California State Univ., Dominguez Hills.