ERIC Number: ED300062
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Educational Interest and Perceptions of Johnson County Residents Age 50 and Over.
Johnson County Community Coll., Overland Park, KS. Office of Institutional Research.
In April 1987, a telephone survey was conducted of a random sample of Johnson County adults to ascertain their perceptions of and experiences with Johnson County Community College (JCCC). In April 1988, a second telephone survey was conducted of county residents over 49 years of age to determine their educational needs and interests. Study findings, based on the responses of 283 older adults to the first survey and 207 responses to the second survey, included the following: (1) respondents expressed more interest in short-term studies, self-paced programs, and non-credit courses with no requirements than in regular classroom work; (2) over 30% indicated interest in educational offerings designed exclusively for students age 50 and over; (3) more than 50% were interested in educational activities about remaining independent, and improving and maintaining physical and mental health; (4) 53.6% said that location would affect their decision to enroll in courses; (5) noncredit courses with reasonable fees were preferred to credit courses with standard credit hour tuition; (6) 80.6% rated JCCC as good or excellent in terms of their expectations of an institution of higher education; and (7) less than 33% of the respondents were aware that JCCC provides instructional programs to businesses, individuals, and groups. Tables giving demographic information on respondents and a list of their verbatim comments are included. (AYC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Johnson County Community Coll., Overland Park, KS. Office of Institutional Research.