ERIC Number: ED297801
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
A Pilot Study on Needs in the Sciences in Community Colleges.
Banks, Debra; Railsback, Gary
In 1988, a national survey was conducted by the Center for the Study of Community Colleges to assess the needs of two-year colleges for faculty, equipment, and facilities for science, social science, mathematics, engineering, and science-based technology programs, and to identify innovative programs for recruiting students into these programs. Telephone interviews were conducted with a faculty member or administrator from a representative sample of 91 community colleges. Study findings included the following: (1) the colleges had an average of 7 full-time and 12 part-time mathematics faculty members, 5 full-time and 4 part-time physical science faculty members, and 9 full-time and 12 part-time social science faculty members; (2) 40% of the colleges had hired new full-time faculty in math, engineering, and technology within the past 2 years; (3) over 50% of the respondents indicated that compared to part-time faculty, full-time faculty were more experienced in teaching, more committed to the institution, in some cases had stronger credentials, and devoted more time to courses and students; and (4) 30% of the respondents felt that their division had better equipment than other divisions on campus, though small and medium-sized campuses rated their own equipment and facilities more highly than did the large campuses. Based on study findings, it was concluded that if enrollment trends continue and state and local budgets remain at their current level or increase, almost 2,000 additional full-time science, mathematics, and engineering/technology faculty will be employed in the next 5 years. (EJV)
Descriptors: College Faculty, College Mathematics, Community Colleges, Educational Assessment, Educational Facilities, Educational Trends, Engineering Education, Equipment, Mathematics Education, National Surveys, Science Education, Science Teachers, Teacher Employment, Technical Education, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Center for the Study of Community Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.