ERIC Number: ED277418
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Sep
Reference Count: 0
The Need for a Branch Campus of Ocean County College in Southern Ocean County.
Parrish, Richard M.; Harris, David W.
A study was conducted to determine the feasibility of establishing a branch campus of Ocean County College (OCC) in southern Ocean County, New Jersey. Specific variables examined during the study included demographic characteristics; transportation systems, in terms of both public access and roadway networks; land usage; the history of education within the county; and public opinion drawn from three district samples of the southern Ocean County population, obtained through surveys of business firms, junior and senior public high school students, and a representative group of the general public 18 years of age or older. Research findings included the following: (1) business firms with 15 or more employees were very supportive of the expansion of college facilities; (2) 80% of the high school juniors and seniors and 92% of the general public sample indicated that a branch campus of OCC either "definitely" or "probably" should be established in southern Ocean County within the next 2 years; (3) the most preferred program areas were business, computer science, liberal arts, accounting, and real estate; (4) the population of southern Ocean County increased by 19.2% between 1980 and 1985, compared to a 13.1% increase for the northern part of the county; and (5) an estimated 200 to 250 students were anticipated for the first year of operation with a growth potential for 500 students within 5 years and 1,000 students by the year 2000. The results of the study supported the need for a southern OCC faculty. Survey instruments are appended. (LAL)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ocean County Coll., Toms River, NJ. Office of Institutional Research.