ERIC Number: ED289552
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: N/A
Cerritos Community College Community Needs Assessment, 1987.
Dennis-Rounds, Jan; Mayer, Michelle
During summer and fall, 1986, Cerritos College (CC) in California conducted a districtwide survey to assess the educational needs of the surrounding community. The survey was conducted by telephone, using trained interviewers. Randomly selected telephone numbers representing each city of the district served by CC were used to contact over 7,000 households. Selected findings, based on 1,050 completed interviews, included the following: (1) 95% of respondents reported having heard of the college, 46% knew the cost of tuition for full-time enrollment, and 27% knew the cost of a three unit class; (2) 43% of the respondents felt the college was doing an "excellent" job, and another 37% felt the college was doing a "good" job; (3) college functions receiving the highest ratings were to"teach job skills" and to "prepare students for transferring to another college"; (4) 66% of the sample said they would recommend a community college over a four-year college or university; (5) 31% had taken classes at some time at CC, 6% were currently enrolled, and 29% were interested in enrolling in the near future; (6) students attended CC mainly for personal enrichment (31%), to earn an associate degree (21%), to transfer to a four-year college (19%), or to improve job skills (17%); (7) most of the student sample preferred registering in person (68%) to registering by mail (20%) or telephone (11%); (8) the semester length schedule was preferred to 9-week, weekend, or lunch hour; and (9) less than half of the student sample had spoken with a college counselor, and only 36% of those who did found the counselor to be very helpful. The survey instrument and response data are appended. (UCM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Cerritos Coll., Norwalk, CA. Office of Institutional Research.