ERIC Number: ED301231
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
A Study To Determine Desirable Strategies for Legislative Advocacy.
In 1987, exacting sessions in the Texas State Legislature over higher education appropriations, and a subsequent veto by the governor of a 7% increase in community college funding, convinced officials in the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) that a heightened legislative focus was necessary. A study was conducted to determine the perceptions of DCCCD employees concerning appropriate strategies to strengthen legislative liaison functions in the district. Focus groups made up of top administrators at each campus, non-contractual officers, and past and present faculty association officers were convened at nine locations in the district. Participants were asked about the comparative value of efforts to enhance college-level grass roots legislative advocacy, formulate public opinion through the media, strengthen liaisons with state agencies, and form political action committees. Study findings, based on responses from 141 staff members, included the following: (1) 78% considered the enhancement of college-level grass roots involvement "very important"; (2) the majority felt that the DCCCD's chancellor was the most responsible for legislative advocacy; (3) 90% believed that an economic impact study would be "very helpful"; (4) 60% "definitely" supported conducting public opinion polls to inform legislators of the importance of community colleges to the public; (5) 77% indicated that state-level legislative advocacy should be one of the top ten priorities; (6) 94% replied "sounds good" or "absolutely" to strengthening legislative advocacy; and (7) 41%"definitely" felt there should be a DCCCD political action committee. The survey instrument, background information, and individual responses are appended. (AJL)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Financial Support, Governance, Government School Relationship, Institutional Advancement, Lobbying, Political Influences, Politics of Education, Public Opinion, School Community Relationship, School Support, School Surveys, State Aid, State Government, State Legislation, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Dallas County Community Coll. District, TX.