ERIC Number: ED275352
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Sep
Reference Count: 0
A Survey of Community Leaders in the San Bernardino Community College District.
Smith, Norman D.
In 1984, the San Bernardino Communty College District (SBCCD) conducted a survey of community leaders to assess the impact the colleges in the district had on these people and to determine their opinions on college mission and performance. Prominent individuals in business, communications, government, education, and political offices were asked to name five leaders in their own communities. Surveys were mailed to the 234 nominated leaders, requesting information on personal characteristics; type of association with the district colleges; perceptions of college functions, finances, programs, and services; and recommendations for changes in the SBCCD. Study findings, based on a 52% response rate, included the following: (1) 66% of the respondents had lived and/or worked in the county for more than 15 years; (2) 60% of the respondents had attended classes at one of the district colleges, and 39% had attended non-class activities; (3) the main sources of information about the colleges were family and friends, newspapers, and direct mail; (4) respondents expressed support for a comprehensive community college mission including general education, transfer education, and job/career skills; (5) over 50% of the respondents felt the colleges were "successful" or "very successful" in general education, lifelong learning, transfer education, and job/career education functions; (6) respondents felt the colleges should offer remedial courses; and (7) respondents felt staff salaries should be competitive with the private sector. The study report includes the survey instrument and answers to open-ended questions. (EJV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: San Bernardino Community Coll. District, CA. Office of Planning and Research.