ERIC Number: ED301296
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Nov
Reference Count: 0
National Study of Community College Courses in Consumer Education: Executive Summary.
Office of Consumer Affairs, Washington, DC.; American Association of Community and Junior Colleges, Washington, DC.
Courses that address the needs of adult learners to better understand marketplace issues and options and to develop effective financial planning, management and decision-making skills are fairly common in community, technical, and junior colleges. A study was conducted to determine the status of such consumer-related studies, identify colleges offering consumer-related courses, determine the scope of course content, and highlight unique or model programs. Questionnaires were mailed to the academic deans at 1,341 community colleges. Study findings, based on 408 responses, included the following: (1) nearly 75% of the respondents indicated that their colleges offered some type of consumer-related curricula; (2) although the majority of the respondents felt that consumer courses were "important," one-third perceived them as "acceptable" as long as they were financially self-supporting and did not interfere with other curricula; (3) consumer courses were offered through 81 different institutional divisions or departments; (4) only 25% of the respondents indicated that their institutions provided courses or programs in cooperation with other local organizations; and (5) respondents suggested a need for improved transferability of courses between community colleges and four-year institutions. The summary report includes recommendations based on study findings. (AJL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Consumer Affairs, Washington, DC.; American Association of Community and Junior Colleges, Washington, DC.